5 Ways To Get Involved In Fairtrade Fortnight
Today marks the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, here’s how you can get involved
By Matthew Jervis
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, The Fairtrade Foundation will be launching ‘Choose The World You Want Festival’, a two week long virtual event between 22 February – 7 March.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 marks the start of a new climate campaign asking the British public to get behind Fairtrade so that farmers overseas can benefit from fairer prices, fairer trading practices and the resources needed for tackling the climate emergency in climate vulnerable countries such as Kenya and Honduras.
Now that we are living through a pandemic, the difficulties faced by farmers in the global south are being exacerbated, with many of them unable to cope with the huge challenges that come from changing weather patterns and demand, which also has a knock-on effect on the future of the food they grow, and on which millions of consumers in the UK depend.
Farmers behind our food are on the front line of the climate crisis. But there’s hope. Join our global community during Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 for a free festival of online events and activities to entertain, educate and inspire us all to choose the world we want to see.
See five ways below on how you can get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight…
How is the climate crisis impacting the global food supply?
Monday 22 February, 7pm–8pm
Kicking off celebrations will be the headline event discussing ‘How can we ensure we are eating more ethically, and supporting the farmers who are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis’?
The panel, chaired by Guardian journalist Lucy Siegle, will discuss the effects of the climate catastrophe on the lives of farmers.
Guest speakers include Professor Emeritus of Food Policy, City University of London Tim Lang, Managing director of Fairtrade banana cooperative Banelino and Chair of CLAC Marike de Peña, and Reparationist Esther Stanford-Xosei. Book FREE Tickets – here.
Creativity against the climate crisis with Bridgeton actress, Adjoa Andoh.
Wednesday 24 February, 7:30pm
A creative activism debate chaired by actress Adjoa Andoh will explore creative expression and the role it plays in campaigning for change.
Guests include Tolmeia Gregory climate justice activist and illustrator; Jocelyn Longdon, Founder of Climate in Colour; Stephan Crawford, Founder of music collective Climate Music, New York, who communicate a sense of urgency about the climate crisis by combining climate science with the emotional power of music to drive meaningful action; Tracey Zengeni based in Zimbabwe a visual artist who has created work themed around climate change and music from Richard Waife.
Friday night quiz with Apprentice star, Nick Hewer
Friday 5 March, 7:30pm
A fun Friday night quiz hosted by UK Eventures featuring special guest Nick Hewer. He will be entertaining and educating the guests on the night.
The Climate Change Garden, in partnership with UK Permaculture Association
Saturday 6 March, 7:30pm
Explore how to create a space that makes you happy and meets your needs – and those of the environment – in a time of climate crisis.
Hosted by Rachael Twumasi-Corson, plant enthusiast and owner of Afrocenchix, panellists include Chris Warburton Brown, research director of the Permaculture Association and Tom Hunt Chef, author and Fairtrade ambassador.
Multiple dates and times – check the website for information
Get involved in a sustainable chef-led cooking session – view the line up on the Fairtrade website.
Plus, make sure to check out this amazing chocolate torte recipe, created by top chef Tom Hunt in celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight.
Further events organised by campaigners, partners, brands and retailers and supporters under the umbrella of the festival will run throughout the two-week period.
These include over 15 events organised by Fairtrade Yorkshire, seven events run by Fairtrade’s commercial partners, three retail partner events, a Fair Focus webinar, three high level policy events engaging our APPG, businesses, research partners and politicians and much more.
The full line up for the festival can be found at https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/choose-the-world-you-want-festival/
By Matthew Jervis