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We need your help to reach more islanders with the Fairtrade message

Dear Supporter

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24th February until 8th March 2020.

This is a Fairtrade renewal year for Guernsey, and we need your help to reach more islanders with the Fairtrade message and show them the power they have as consumers and active citizens.

Through various events, we’ll be telling the stories of Fairtrade cocoa farmers and explaining the different that only Fairtrade makes to women like Therese and Edith.

Receiving the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium has enabled Therese to send her children to school and give them opportunities she did not have. For Edith, being a Fairtrade certified farmer, has enabled her to access training and empowered her to diversify her income to bring in more money for her and her family.

Only Fairtrade is fighting for cocoa farmers to earn the living incomes they deserve as well as supporting these women to raise their voices and bring positive change to their families and communities.

We need your help to share their stories and show the demand for chocolate made by companies doing business differently. You could hold a storytelling session in your workplace, school or church, take part in our plans to spread their stories across the island by hiding some ‘storybombs’ for people to find, or display some posters where staff and the public can see them.

There’s still time to order resources directly from the Fairtrade Foundation or get in touch with the Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group via info@fairtradeguernsey.com to see how we can help.

The Campaigner Action Guide plus ideas for how your business or community organisation can get involved are available to download from the Fairtrade Fortnight website.

We’d love to hear what you’re planning for this Fairtrade Fortnight so hit reply and let us know!

Don’t forget to look out for details of our plans at  https://www.facebook.com/FairtradeGuernsey/.

We hope to see you at some of our events!

Thank you for your support.

Fairtrade Guernsey Steering Group

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The view of Traidcraft – Articulating our Mission in Today’s Market

Traidcraft was founded as a Christian response to poverty. We take this responsibility seriously and sincerely. Our responsibility today is to hear the voice of future generations and be the kind of business that they need. Millions of young people are waiting for a response. Most decision makers are not hearing. Many are not even listening. Few are acting. We are.

Committed to telling the truth about climate change.
For some farming communities the effects of climate change are already catastrophic, and their livelihoods have been destroyed, or soon will be.

Representing thousands of independent scientists, the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which reports to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has spoken. They have said that it is possible to limit average global temperatures to no more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels (circa 1850) if we act now and with conviction. If we breach the 1.5C limit we begin to trigger ‘tipping points’ that will multiply the warming process beyond our ability to act.

We can still act. We need to stop denying the science. We need to stop pretending that this isn’t our problem.

Part of the solution is that we need to consume less.
Each citizen in the UK “consumes” around 6.5 tonnes of carbon each year. A sustainable future would limit us to around 1 tonne each. A flight to the Mallorca and back “costs” about 0.5 tonnes of carbon. Eating meat “costs” about 200kg of carbon per person per year. Buying new clothes each year, on average, “costs” each one of us about 700kg of carbon. 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from farming. If we are serious about hearing future generations, we need to “spend” less and think about what we are eating.

As a business it is counter-intuitive to preach the need to consume less. But it is the right thing to do. We want to offer solutions; buying better, less carbon intensive food is important. So, buy recycled, local, organic, and fairly traded goods in that order.

We work with small farmer organisations who have pioneered circular farming techniques: putting carbon back in the ground through re-forestation and composting. It is possible to grow carbon neutral food, but it isn’t easy, and while you will need to pay more, it is far cheaper than the real “cost” of cheap, subsidised industrial food.

We see stewardship of the earth and its resources as a clear expression of our Christian faith.

Part of the solution is how we manage ourselves.
We cannot expect to be a part of the solution if we use the same, tired systems that are largely responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. Gone are the days when privileged, white males should be allowed to decide a company’s (or even the country’s) future.

We are committed to self-organisation. Power is democratised to those who need to make decisions and we operate no hierarchy. We have reduced the range of salaries from 1:6 to 1: 2.4. We decide together how we wish to behave and what is important to us. There is no boss, there is no veto, there are only opportunities to grow and expand on our mission. “We” are part of the solution.

Part of the solution is in breaking rules.
Traidcraft began by challenging the orthodoxy that you couldn’t be competitive if you paid a proper wage to farmers and artisans. We broke that rule.

The rules we need to break today are different; today’s rule says that we can consume voraciously and stupidly.

We reject and object to the mindless feeding frenzy that is Black Friday. That day we will be closing our warehouse and addressing our carbon footprint by gardening at our HQ and addressing social injustice by running a refreshment station at Newcastle Cathedral.

Part of the solution… is being part of the solution.
It always takes a few people to start the process rolling. We may fail, but Traidcraft is serious about being a 1.5c company.

The article above is reproduced from the most recent (Nov 2019) Traidcraft update and the views expressed are those of Traidcraft specifically.

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Celebrating 25 years of Fairtrade

Have you heard? It’s been 25 years since the FAIRTRADE Mark was launched in the UK and Fairtrade Community groups like Guernsey have been at the very centre of its success.

Together we’ve managed to spread its message of fairness far and wide. There are now more than 600 Fairtrade Communities in the UK and more than 2,000 globally. Join us this autumn in celebrating your achievements