Monday 27 February to Sunday 12 March 2023
Fairtrade Fortnight this year promotes a simple message: choose Fairtrade now and help save our favourite foods. Cocoa, bananas and coffee could soon be much more difficult to find on our shelves as climate change is making crops like these harder and harder to grow. Combined with deeply unfair trade, communities growing these crops are being pushed to the brink. Fairtrade farmers are among those who have contributed the least to the climate crisis, but are already feeling the worst effects.
Edinburgh has held Fairtrade City status since 2004 and Lord Provost Robert Aldridge firmly supports the Fairtrade movement, stating, “More of us choosing Fairtrade means extra income, power, and support for those communities as they work to build sustainable and prosperous futures. So not only is choosing Fairtrade best for people and planet, it could help save everyday treats like chocolate, bananas and a hot cuppa! Simply buying Fairtrade products means more money farmers can use to adapt to climate change and invest in climate-smart farming.”
Across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Oceania, small-scale farmers are experiencing the worst effects of climate change.
Trade justice is necessary for climate justice. Fairtrade advocates for farmers to earn a living income, which means they have the power to effectively tackle the crises affecting their communities and can rely on sustainable livelihoods.
Fairtrade communities play a key role in raising awareness of the link between trade and poverty. Engage with Fairtrade Fortnight to protect people and planet, and buy Fairtrade products to make trade fairer for those in lower-income countries. Fairtrade fights the climate crisis: Fairtrade Standards encourage producers to protect the environment by improving soil, planting trees, conserving water and avoiding pesticides, while Fairtrade’s climate academies help farmers share best practices and learn the latest agricultural methods to adapt to conditions.
You can sign up to this year’s online Big Fairtrade Get Togethers here
Ways in which your school, faith group, or business can become involved in Fairtrade Fortnight are here
Join us this Fairtrade Fortnight and act for climate justice.
Ways in which your business can become involved in Fairtrade Fortnight are here
Join us this Fairtrade Fortnight and help fight the climate crisis.