Fairtrade Towns News

With 2020 set to be the hottest year on record, it’s more important than ever that the global Fairtrade community stands together to face the challenges of our rapidly changing climate.

Without fairer prices, farmers and workers who are already fighting the impacts of climate breakdown are unable to adapt and invest in making their farms sustainable. At Fairtrade, we know that when many voices call in unison, they can be a powerful force for change.

That is why we are part of the Climate Coalition (a UK-wide group of charities, businesses and campaign groups pushing for action on climate change). This summer, the Climate Coalition are calling on local community groups to sign a declaration announcing their support for action on climate change. We thought Fairtrade communities like yours would be keen to get involved! This is the perfect time to share your own commitment to supporting farmers and workers on the front line of the climate crisis by raising awareness on the links between trade justice and climate justice in your community.

Sign the community declaration now

To support you, we have created a new climate film to help you talk to others about how choosing Fairtrade means farmers and workers can fight against climate change in their communities.

We know that you will be missing holding your usual events, stalls, coffee mornings and all the other amazing things you do to raise awareness of Fairtrade locally, so this is one way that you can share the message safely right now. You could even hold an online meeting or talk to share the film alongside a Q&A explaining how Fairtrade works against climate breakdown.

Our Fairtrade and Climate Justice webpage explains how Fairtrade tackles climate change so you can refresh your memory on the main points! There is even a helpful presentation you can download and use.

Over the coming months, we will be sharing more resources to support you on talking about Fairtrade and the climate crisis, as well as joining the coalition to call for international commitments to a green and fair recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, ahead of the UK’s hosting of the COP26 UN climate summit next year.

Stay tuned for more updates but in the meantime, join others across the UK in becoming part of the change we need by signing the declaration.

Thank you for all your support.

Sarah and Chrysi
Communities Campaigns Team
Fairtrade Foundation