Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Branching Out Project Update: One Planet are promoting a series of events during Fairtrade Fortnight.

We’ve been busy at One Planet making plans for Fairtrade Fortnight and here it is!

It’s been a bit like planning for Christmas – where you think you’ve got loads of time and then suddenly it’s upon you and you’ve still got some last minute jobs to do!

Anyway, a few Sunday’s ago Kerry and I went along to Preston Minster to celebrate Preston’s 10 year anniversary as a Fairtrade city. It was a wonderful and inspiring service, which included a presentation from Barbara Crowther, Director of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation in London. She is a very engaging speaker and also a ‘Northern Lass’, who is very proud that the Fairtrade Towns movement started in Lancashire (in Garstang of course!) and now Lancashire is aiming to become a Fairtrade Region!!

She talked about the new campaign for 2014, highlighting the difficulties Banana Farmers in the developing world face, mainly due to supermarket price wars! In the last 10 years the typical price of a banana in the UK has nearly halved, whilst the cost of production has doubled! Cheap bananas are threatening farmers’ futures.

Barbara also emphasised how the small changes we make, can result in huge benefits to farmers and producers in the developing world. She asked us not to under estimate ‘The Power of You’ (slogan of the campaign) - for example, if all of us currently commit to always buying one Fairtrade certified product (i.e. our favourite coffee), and we then decide to commit to a second product always being Fairtrade (i.e. bananas) – the impact would be huge! So that is a challenge to all of us – keep committing to ALWAYS buying one more Fairtrade product!

To support Fairtrade Fortnight, we are involved in a number of events listed on the next page.

Hope to see some of you at one of the public events or by popping into the shop to buy some Fairtrade products (of course)!!

Best wishes, Katy. x

Branching Out Project Update - Events during Fairtrade Fortnight!

1. Thurs 27th Feb - Traidcraft Big Brew
One Planet are celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a 'Big Brew' tea/coffee morning at Accrington Library on Thurs 27th Feb from 10.30am! We will be serving complimentary Traidcraft tea, coffee & biscuits, inviting you to join in a quiz and giving away knitting patterns for a knitted tea cosy, mug hugger & coasters!

2. Thurs 27th Feb - Film Show of ‘Bananas’
As the focus of the Fairtrade Foundation during Fairtrade Fortnight is ‘Make Bananas Fair’, Prospects in conjunction with One Planet and the Fairtrade Lancashire campaign, are screening a film called Bananas on Thursday 27th Feb at 7.00pm at the Prospects Environment Centre at 54 Broadway, Accrington, BB5 1EW. Please note there is no charge for attending

3. Sun 2nd Mar - Great Harwood Farmers Market
One Planet will have their stall in a wooden cabin at the market, which is held in Towngate, Great Harwood on Sunday 2nd March. There will be plenty of Fairtrade foods and gifts on our stall!

4. Tues 4th Mar - Visit of Banana Farmer from Ghana
Katy from One Planet have arranged for Banana farmer, Juliet Arku-Mensah from the Volta River Estates in Ghana, who is visiting the UK, to visit The Hollins Technology College in Accrington in the morning of Tuesday 4th March. They are holding a Fairtrade workshop for some of their Year 9 pupils and have invited pupils from the other Accrington Secondary Schools to join in and meet Juliet, to hear how Fairtrade is helping her community.

In the afternoon Katy will take Juliet to Preston County Hall, where she will deliver a talk at a celebration Event for Fairtrade Lancashire, with representatives from all the Fairtrade towns/boroughs in Lancashire, together with local councilors and other invited local dignitaries.

5. Thurs 6th Mar - One Planet Members Late Night Shopping
The Shop will be open until 8pm on Thursday 6th March to give all members the opportunity to view and sample some of the new range of products available and take advantage of some special offers!

6. Fri 7th Mar - Afternoon assembly at St. Mary’s RC Primary School, Oswaldtwistle
Katy from One Planet will deliver a short presentation about Fairtrade to pupils and parents during the school’s afternoon assembly on Friday 7th March and also take a selection of Fairtrade products for a stall afterwards.