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Date for your diary………AGM………..14 June 2022

The Annual General Meeting of the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group will be held on Tuesday 14 June 2022, commencing at 6.30 p.m., at Moores Hotel, St Peter Port.

Everyone interested in the work of Fairtrade is warmly welcomed.

For further information, contact Hannah Davis, Secretary. hannahdavis21@yahoo.co.uk

Events Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight Events in Guernsey 2022

Fairtrade Fortnight – Monday 21 February to Sunday 6 March 2022.

CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT.

  

Events arranged by Fairtrade Guernsey:

Saturday 26 February –

BIG Fairtrade Breakfast @ Les Cotils Centre, St Peter Port, Harry Bound Room,8.45 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Full English breakfast £10.50; Full Continental Breakfast £7.75. Names to Roy Sarre 263930 or email madroy@cwgsy.net
or Paul Davis 236606 lasabliere@cwgsy.net

Children’s Library Event @ Guille Alles Library. 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Wednesday 2 March –

Fairtrade Celebration @ Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday 5 March – 

Fairtrade Quiz – FULLY BOOKED

“Design-a-Fairtrade-Cup” Competition for School Children. (Deadline 11 March).

Check out our Facebook page for further details plus “What’s on your Fairtrade pancake”!

Or see more from the Fairtrade Foundation –

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

Events Fairtrade Fortnight News

Fairtrade Fortnight is coming…..

Monday 21 February to Sunday 6 March 2022.

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

Since last Fairtrade Fortnight we have seen the G7 and COP26 take place. Over 33,000 campaigners joined 1.8m Fairtrade farmers and workers in backing the Be Fair With Your Climate Promise challenge to world leaders at the UN COP26 summit. But frustration came as the wealthiest nations failed to recognise the urgent need to invest in farmer expertise by delaying their promised $100bn annual funding to the most climate vulnerable countries until 2023. That isn’t good enough.

“A frustrating conclusion to a summit filled with hope.” This was Mary Kinyua, Fairtrade flower farmer and Fairtrade chief representative’s verdict.

Climate justice was never going to be won or lost at one conference in Glasgow. But where the COP26 agreement fell short, we need to increase the pressure for urgent action.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade.

You are part of the Fairtrade movement, and you have the power to drive long-term change, not only with your shopping choices but with your support in spreading the message.

CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT THIS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
In Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 we need to shout louder than ever to make sure politicians turn their promises into action at COP27 in Cairo next year. The failure to deliver enough progress at COP26 makes it even more important that governments get serious next year. We also need businesses to support Fairtrade more than ever.

In Fortnight 2021 we heard about the determined, ambitious work of Fairtrade farmers taking on the climate crisis. The deep frustration is that politicians from the world’s wealthiest nations at COP26 failed to match that ambition and determination.

As Fairtrade farmers return home from the UN summit to continue their work, we need our politicians and business leaders to work harder. COP may be over, but we need to make sure climate justice remains a top priority. For politicians, for business leaders, and for all of us.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Check out our Facebook pages and see the events planned and activities you can join in.

 

 

 

Events News

The Business Pledge…….

The Business Pledge

Businesses sourcing from Fairtrade farmers see the climate crisis hitting the people in their supply chains disproportionately hard. Increasingly volatile and extreme weather is damaging crops and harming livelihoods in farming communities, making it harder to grow the goods their customers rely on.

This is an emergency. Unless we clamp down hard on global emissions and support farmers in low- and middle-income countries to build resilience, all of us will suffer, from farmers to consumers. Businesses are urging world governments to listen to the voices of farmers – the people who grow our food and other essential goods – as they call for urgent action at COP26. We welcome the open letter from the representatives of 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers across the world and urge governments to respond in full.

Governments must set ambitious, science-based rules and targets that do not allow unscrupulous businesses to ignore the damage they are causing to the planet, and which encourage responsible businesses to do more.

Business too must take a lead. They now commit ourselves to the following action in their international supply chains, and call on other businesses to do likewise.
* We promise to pay fair prices to producers – farmers and workers should not have to choose between tackling poverty and building resilience to the climate crisis. Our Fairtrade commitments are critical to achieving this.
* We promise to be long-term partners with farming communities, listening to the experience of farmers, sharing our expertise and investing in the urgent transitions farmers need. We back a shift in food production and supply, to one that is resilient to the changing climate, including backing nature-based solutions. We will support farmers as we work together to cut the emissions embedded throughout our supply chains.
* We promise to ‘know and show’ our climate impact, by measuring carbon emissions embedded in our supply chains, assessing the climate risks faced at farm level, and publishing the results. We want to raise awareness about the challenges, the practical solutions, and the need for others to raise their game.
* Finally, we promise to speak out, calling in public and private for governments to set and deliver ambitious targets for emissions reductions and climate finance that puts farmers and workers first.

What the Business Pledge is all about
The businesses who are signing the Business Pledge are committing to keep climate justice at the heart of their work. That means paying fairer prices so farmers can take on the climate crisis they see every day. It means being honest about the climate impact of their own business models, and working hard to reduce those impacts.

It also means investing in the expertise of farmers and workers when doing this work, so the burden and cost of adaption to climate change is not just met by farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis.

The companies who have signed the pledge are – (deep breath) – Bartlett Mitchell, Ben and Jerry’s, BIDBI, Bewleys, Cafédirect, Coliman, Cru Kafe, Clipper Tea, Co-Op, Cooperative Coffees, Divine Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Gregg’s, Kaladi Coffee Roasters, La Siembra Cooperative, Liberation Nuts, Lofbergs, Matthew Algie, Marks & Spencer, Navitas Organics, Nespresso, Numi Tea, People Tree, WARP Snacks, Tony’s Chocolonely, Quinola and Waitrose and Partners.

As global leaders meet at the COP26 UN climate summit, Fairtrade farmers and workers are calling for urgent action.

Climate change is already severely damaging the lives and livelihoods of farming communities who grow so much of our food. They are on the front line of a worsening crisis they have done the least to cause. And deeply unfair trade means many simply cannot earn enough to adapt to rapid changes in weather.

That’s why 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers are calling on politicians at the COP26 summit to Be Fair with your Climate Promise.

Farmers and workers are challenging leaders at COP26 to invest in the expertise of their communities, who see the realities of the climate crisis every day.

And they are demanding the wealthiest countries start being honest about their own carbon footprints, and work together to create trade deals and laws that encourage investment in the sustainable solutions many Fairtrade farmers are already pioneering.

Fairtrade farmers and workers know that if we don’t speak out now, it will be too late. Will you join them in challenging our politicians to Be fair with the climate promise?