St Paul’s Cathedral in central London has become an excellent model on how to take action for Fairtrade Fortnight by displaying an eight-foot replica of the cathedral made entirely from the packaging of Fairtrade products–everything from chocolate wrappers to tea boxes, even banana stickers!
The model will be on display by the west door of St Paul’s Cathedral for the duration of Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from Monday, 25th February to Sunday 10th March.
Fairtrade Fortnight is the ideal time to take a closer look at what’s on our plates and to think more carefully about the food we buy and who produces it.
Over 4,500 different Fairtrade products are available to UK shoppers, including delicious chocolate, fruit, wine, fresh flowers, clothing, even footballs!
It’s also an opportunity to create better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for over 1.5 million farmers and workers in over 60 developing countries.
Has your parish already earned its Fairtrade certificate? If not, now is the time to take action!
For your parish to be certified as Fairtrade it must serve Fairtrade tea, coffee, and other products wherever possible. Fairtrade parishes should also host an event during Fairtrade Fortnight, as well as during the year wherever possible.
If at least 110 parishes in Westminster gain Fairtrade status, the diocese can then be certified as Fairtrade. We’re nearly there, so by taking action now, we can make this year the year Westminster goes Fairtrade!
To get “clued up” on Fairtrade, and how you can take action both individually and with your parish or school community, visit cafod.org.uk/fairtrade, or call CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970.