Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 21 to March 6, and the first week has been a great success in Uttoxeter. The importance of buying Fairtrade has been publicised through displays across the town, including displays at The Globe Foundation Eco-Shop, Waitrose, Uttoxeter Library, and St Mary’s Church.
Fairtrade Fortnight runs from February 21 to March 6, and the first week has been a great success in Uttoxeter.
The importance of buying Fairtrade has been publicised through displays across the town, including displays at The Globe Foundation Eco-Shop, Waitrose, Uttoxeter Library, and St Mary’s Church.
It has also been highlighted at events, like the Uttoxeter Mayor’s Fairtrade Coffee Morning, and at The Globe Foundation’s Biodiversity Conference, where Dave Trenery gave a talk on Fairtrade and improving the environment.
Fairtrade makes a difference by working in partnership with other organisations, and in week two there will be an emphasis on supporting the Churches Together Lenten lunches.
Reverend Charles Dale, Chair of the Fairtrade Uttoxeter Group, said: “I am delighted by the impact we have been able to make through our displays and events, and by the support Uttoxeter people are giving to Fairtrade,
“The Mayor’s Fairtrade Coffee Morning was attended by more than 60 people and raised over £200, half of which will go to the Mayor’s local charities and the other half to support Fairtrade. And it gave people an opportunity to learn about Fairtrade and enjoy some wonderful cakes made with Fairtrade ingredients.”
Reverend Dale added: “I was delighted by the support we received from the Town Mayor, Councillor Chris Sylvester, who is the Patron of the Fairtrade Group. He stayed for the whole morning and made an excellent speech about the importance of supporting Fairtrade to help farmers in distant lands care for their environment and manage the impact of climate change.”
This theme was also central to the talk Fairtrade Uttoxeter’s Secretary, Dave Trenery, made at The Globe Foundation’s Biodiversity Conference.
Dave commented: “The people who produce the goods we all rely on – the food we eat, the tea and coffee we drink, the clothes we wear – are the victims of climate change, not its creators.
“It is sobering to realise that it takes twenty-one people living in Côte d’Ivoire to create a carbon footprint equal to that produced by one person living in the UK.
“But many of the people living in Africa and similar regions are desperate because of climate change. Storms, high temperatures, floods, and drought put pressure on the fertility of their land, and the need for new land results in deforestation which in turn increases greenhouse gases.”
Dave added: “Fairtrade helps by enabling people to preserve the fertility of their soil while integrating forests into the farmed landscape, preserving these precious resources for everyone’s benefit.
“The Globe Foundation conference did a great job in highlighting the work being done locally to preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the Uttoxeter Area. Fairtrade is a natural partner in this work because it contributes to the global effort to address climate change and preserve wildlife.”
Week Two of Fairtrade Fortnight sees the start of the Churches Together Lenten Lunches, which will take place on Fridays throughout Lent from midday until 1.30pm at the United Reformed Church, Carter Street.
The lunches cost £2.50 and consist of delicious homemade soup, cheese, and bread rolls, together with Fairtrade Tea, Coffee and Sugar.
All the proceeds go to WaterAid, a charity which is working to ensure that everybody in the world has access to clean water and good sanitation.
Its work therefore complements Fairtrade, and the Fairtrade Uttoxeter Group is supporting its work by paying for Fairtrade sugar for the lunches.
Reverend Dale said: “WaterAid and Fairtrade are both working to improve lives for people in the developing world so it makes sense for us to support the Lenten Lunches and ensure that the maximum amount can go to the WaterAid charity – so meeting some of the cost of the lunches was a natural choice.
“I would encourage everybody to go to the Lenten Lunch on Friday, March 4 and on the following five Fridays: not only will they get an excellent lunch but they will have the satisfaction of knowing that their money is going to help people thousands of miles away.”
Peter Edginton of Uttoxeter Churches Together, added: “We welcome the support provided by the Fairtrade Group and by Uttoxeter Tesco. Together they make sure that the costs of producing the Lenten Lunches are kept low so that more money can go to WaterAid.
“We look forward to developing the partnership between Fairtrade and Churches Together in the future.”
For more information about Fairtrade contact Dave Trenery on 0754 958 1132 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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