We thought we’d bring some Fairtrade glad tidings of good news into your Christmas season! Woking has just renewed it’s Fairtrade Borough status. Thank you to all of you who buy Fairtrade and spread the word about it, you’re all part of this good news.
We are starting to prepare for next Fairtrade Fortnight so watch this space as we’ll have details of the plans for Woking in the new year. If you want to start planning your o
wn event Fairtrade Fortnight will run from 29th February to 13 March 2016 and it’s going to be all about breakfast as we’re going to be sitting down for breakfast and standing up for Fairtrade. Do think about which group of friends, family or work colleagues you could plan a Fairtrade breakfast with and share with them some of the reasons why Fairtrade is good news.
There are more details on the Fairtrade Foundation website here.
You will have seen in the news this weekend that the Paris climate talks have reached agreement. This is good news for farmers, including our Fairtrade producers who are already reporting the negative effects of climate change. Of course the climate agreement still needs to be implemented and governments around the world will need continued pressure from citizens to do the right thing on this rather than the cheapest/least effort.
So WWF will be running a campaign in February called “Show the Love” which is all about protecting the things we love from climate change. As they are based in Woking and are Surrey’s flagship Fairtrade employer we’re happy to give their campaign a big plug. Whether it’s Polar Bears or our global neighbours, coffee or the English coastline, they are asking people to join in on Valentine’s Day and wear a green heart to help raise awareness of climate change.
There are two great ways that both individuals and groups can get involved:
1. Show the Love with your green heart – WWF are inviting people to sew, bake or make green hearts to wear during Valentine’s week. There are resource packs available for individuals, church groups, schools, mum’s groups, WI groups etc for ideas. If you run a group maybe you could include this activity in your plans for Feb.
2. Good News Day – On 11 February they will be inviting people and groups/businesses to post on social media what they are doing to tackle climate change and start conversations by using #showthelove. WWF is able to deliver comms packs to groups w/c 25th January which will include suggested posts, images, content and green heart emoji! Contact Jo Higgs if you are interested ( JHiggs@wwf.org.uk ) It would be great if we could get Woking swathed in green hearts!
Hope this good news encourages you that it is possible for us here in Woking to make the world a fairer place. And thanks for reading to the bottom.
Billie and Becca
Woking Fairtrade Action Network
PS If you are stuck for last minute present ideas, you can’t go wrong with Fairtrade coffee or chocolate!