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Steve Mauger

News

COP26 – Fairtrade farmers’ writing to politicians on climate change

‘Seize this moment, listen to our voices, and ensure that we can continue to feed the world.’

These words end a letter from 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers, addressed to politicians coming to the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow next month. Fairtrade farmers and workers know this is our last, best chance for us to turn a corner on climate change together. We need to tell politicians it’s time to respect these farmers and workers as experts on tackling a climate crisis they see every day. Whole communities’ futures, and many of the Fairtrade products we love, are under immediate threat from climate change. But all around the world Fairtrade farmers and workers are pioneering innovative ways to tackle climate change. From tree planting in Ghana to bio-diversity projects in Guatemala, thousands of Fairtrade farmers are doing amazing work right now to build a more sustainable future. With more money in their hands, they could do so much more.

For years, the world’s wealthiest nations – those most responsible for climate change – have promised to create a $100 billion per year climate investment fund. A fund that could be used by communities in low-income countries feeling the worst effects of climate change. But politicians have failed to keep that promise. And of the funding that has been delivered, only 2 per cent reaches those smallholder farmers living with some of the worst effects of the climate crisis. In Fairtrade farmers and workers’ letter to world leaders, the message is clear: this needs to change,
for the future of their communities, for the future of the crops they grow and for all of us.

It’s time for an end to the generations of exploitation of people and planet. We will not survive the climate crisis unless we deliver what we have promised. Politicians must listen to and respect the expertise, needs and ambitions of farmers. It’s time to get behind Fairtrade farmers and workers demanding a fairer future.

Events

Beach Clean supported by Fairtrade Guernsey

Saturday 18 September, 2021, 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m., Rousse Car Park, Fairtrade refreshments, All welcome.

What a great turnout for this afternoon’s #GreatBigGreenWeek beach clean with The Clean Earth Trust. Lots of rubbish collected – including drain pipes, shoes, and even a part of a computer – followed by some well deserved Fairtrade cake & cuppas.
Thanks to everyone who came along (60 of you!) and to the fantastic CET volunteers who sorted and counted all the rubbish afterwards.
#WorldCleanupDay2021

 

Events

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE – Tuesday 21 Sept., 2021

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

ONE DAY ONE CHOIR

HOST CHOIR FESTIVA – DIR. JOSE PAINE

GUEST SOPRANO – JEMIMAH PAINE

LEADING ISLAND PERSONALITIES

PEACE MESSAGES

CHILDRENS CHOIR ‘LES ENCORE’

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST

AT THE CHURCH OF ST PIERRE du BOIS, 7.00 p.m.

FREE: ENTRY & PROGRAMME

FREE: FAIRTRADE REFRESHMENTS

DONATIONS: TUMAINI CHARITY PLENTY PARKING

INFORMATION : ROY 07781435489

 

News

Organic September – Over 50% of Fairtrade farmers are also organic-certified….

Organic September has just begun and we in Fairtrade are joining with the celebrations.

Because over 50 per cent of Fairtrade farmers are also organic-certified, and the extra earnings Fairtrade can offer makes it easier to invest in eco-friendly organic methods. Our expert Fairtrade Producer Networks also offer support to farmers making the switch.

Why are so many Fairtrade farmers choosing to go organic?

Because by improving soil quality and reducing pollution, organic methods help protect local environments. This so important when many Fairtrade farmers are already feeling the worst effects of climate change.

Also, farmers can frequently earn more for organic produce. It’s win-win!

 

Please keep looking out for Fairtrade and organic treats this organic September. From teas and coffees to pastas and pillow cases, there’s over 1,000 Fairtrade and organic certified products out there. And each one means a better deal for people and the planet.

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‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world’ Mahatma Gandhi

‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world’ Mahatma Gandhi

Fairtrade supporters in Guernsey will remember the two visits to our island some years ago by Greg Valerio MBE. Greg inspired many of us and opened our eyes to the challenges faced by small scale producers in the artisanal gold mining sector. Yet of even more importance, he showed us from his first hand experience how Fairtrade can be a solution.

In a new initiative, Greg shares the following with us: “Over the years as I have worked as a Fairtrade jeweller and community activist, I have collected the residue of refined gold that has come from the certified Fairtrade Gold mines. This residue, when re-refined, is Fairtrade Silver. What better way to use these kilos of silver, than to create a limited edition ring, profits of which will go directly to the restoration of The Society St Columba’s Celtic Education Centre (Community Education Learning Training and Innovation Centre).

The urgency of tackling the climate chaos that is now enveloping our beautiful world is an urgent CALL TO ACTION. As a jeweller, I witness how large scale mining destroys entire ecosystems and displaces resident communities. I witness small-scale miners using mercury to process gold, oblivious to the toxic impact mercury has to human health and ecosystems. I currently work alongside communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who have been devastated by the ongoing mineral funded conflicts of the region. The legacy of ethical jewellery must be greater than just the jewellery itself.

The Society of St Columba at Chanctonbury has a vision for an ecologically biodiverse and sustainable community farm. St Columba’s Farm is all about investing into a model of community-based living here in England. They have taken on a derelict heritage cattle farm and outbuildings and through prayer, work and education have set about restoring the farm, the land and the wildlife to a thriving integrated ecosystem. The Celtic Education Centre is the education hub of this vision.

Education is best served up as an experience, and in a restored centre where school kids, communities groups, and interested parties can come and learn about how we can restore our beautiful local environments and world to their original glory.

Discover more of the work here. An education centre dedicated to truth-telling and practical experiential learning is a legacy worth investing into.

Please visit my website gregvalerio.com/chanctonburyring to buy one of these limited edition rings.”

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