Fairtrade Fortnight is one of our favourite times of the year! Whilst the focus is mainly on core commodities, such as tea, coffee and sugar, it is also a celebration of all the incredible companies who are working to develop this new and sustainable economic system and a wonderful opportunity to spread the word.

The 2015 Fairtrade Fortnight (23rd February – 8th March 2015) has a number of events, many of which would be great for the family as well as friends, and we believe starting their education young is the best way!  We thought we’d share these events with you so that you can make the most of them.  For more information, visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/fortnight or http://fairtradelondon.org.uk/upcoming-events/.

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From the Silver Mines: Photography Exhibition

23rd February – 8 March 2015

Vestibule, St Mary-le-Bow Church, EC2V 6AU

Official Info: Selected portraits from photographer Sean Hawkey’s incredible exploration of the Faitrade certified Sotrami mine in Peru. These special photographs are honour 150 year old photography methods which used silver to react to light to create an image.

 

FAIR Mixology Master Class at Fairly Square

7pm-9pm, Thursday 26th February 2015

Fairly Square, 51 Red Lion Street, London WC1R 4PF

An introduction to the brand, ethos and products of FAIR, the spirits company that uses Fairtrade quinoa, sugar and coffee to make its vodka, rum and liqueur.

They will showcase their products with mini cocktails and a couple of people will come behind the bar to practice their cocktails making skills.

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People Tree Sample Sale with special Bake Sale for FairTrade Fortnight

Friday 27th February, 5pm-9pm, 9 Huguenot Place, Heneage Street E1 5LN

 

We are sweetening up our usual Sample Sale with a Bake Sale in honour of Fairtrade Fortnight. Our Sample Sale will also be taking place on the Thursday 26th & Saturday 27th, but you will have to pop down on the Friday 27th for the cakes!

 

Friday 27th February, 9:30am-1 pm, Harrow Walk at 10.30

Five Fairtrade groups are joining together this Fairtrade Fortnight to organise a Fairtrade Walk across West London.

Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Richmond Fairtrade Groups are each planning a walking route through their borough, highlighting shops, cafes, places of worship, schools and workplaces that are selling, serving and using Fairtrade products.

The Harrow walk will be taking place on Saturday 28th February, whilst the walks in Brent, Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond will take place on Saturday 7th March.

The Fairtrade Groups are hoping that both Fairtrade enthusiasts and keen walkers will join them on the streets of West London. As well as spreading the word about Fairtrade, they want the walk to be fun and are hoping for some eye-catching placards, banners and outfits! The routes are being planned so that people who cannot undertake the whole walk can join in for as long as they feel able, and then continue on to Chiswick, or make their way home, by public transport.

To join the walk contact the Harrow representative at cllrasante@yahoo.co.uk

– See more at: http://fairtradelondon.org.uk/2015/02/05/join-us-on-a-fairtrade-walk-this-fairtrade-fortnight/#sthash.dZpgUkfu.dpuf

Fairtrade breakfast, 28th Feb

Bread of Life Fairtrade Centre, Christ Church, 263 Barry Road, East Dulwich, SE22 0JT

East Dulwich FAIR TRADE TRAIL: Saturday 28th February 2015 from 10.30 to 12.15

Official Info:

JOIN  US  for Breakfast at the BREAD of LIFE  Fair Trade Centre  in Christ Church,  263 Barry Road at 09.30am (Breakfasts – Adults £3.50p and Children under 12 £2.50p) and then set off at about 10.30 am for our  FAIR TRADE  WALK  around the shops in East Dulwich. There will also be a variety of Fairtrade stalls, a cake stall.

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Market at One New Change

Friday 27th February from 11am-3pm

Cheapside EC4M 9AF

Official Info: The City of London Fairtrade Group is delighted to announce that for the first time, the popular artisan food markets at One New Change will host 3 vendors specialising in Fairtrade certified products. Stop by on Friday 27th February from 1am-3pm and shop from these three incredible companies:

Zaytoun – producers of organic olive oil, olives, dates and more from Palestine. This non-profit company supports marginalised farming communities and make the world’s first Fairtrade olive oil.

Liberation – the UK’s only farmer-owned, Fairtrade nut company. Their nuts are bought from co-operatives of small scale farmers in Africa, Asia and South America.

Divine Chocolate – the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers.

 

Tuesday 3rd March, 19:00

Screening of the film “Black Gold”

David Lean Cinema, 9 Katharine Street, Croydon

The documentary follows an Ethiopian Coffee Union Manager, as he fights for better prices for his coffee bean farmers.

Tickets: £7.50/£6.00 Conc.

For tickets, visit David Lean Cinema or visit the Croydon Visitor Centre next to East Croydon Station from 12th February.

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Wednesday 4th March, 6pm-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE, London

JustShare panel discussion

‘Feeding the world: is agribusiness the solution?’

Wednesday 4th March 2015

6:30pm at St Mary-le-Bow Church

Official Info: JustShare are hosting a discussion on the models of food production we should be considering and how we can encourage our governments to support small-scale, local farmers alongside multinational corporations to feed a growing global society.

Global Justice Now (formerly World Development Movement), will be presenting findings from their research document “From the roots up: How agro-ecology can feed Africa” discussing how the “one size fits all” industrial model of agribusiness is being pursued at the expense of small-scale, local farmers, followed by a response from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Ian Fitzpatrick, Food sovereignty researcher at Global Justice Now and author of the report “From the roots up: How agro-ecology can feed Africa”

Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation

Chaired by Polly Jones, Chair of Trade Justice Movement and Head of Campaigns and Policy at Global Justice Now

 

Saturday, 7th March, Fairtrade West London Walks

Official Info: Five Fairtrade groups are joining together this Fairtrade Fortnight to organise a Fairtrade Walk across West London.

Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Richmond Fairtrade Groups are each planning a walking route through their borough, highlighting shops, cafes, places of worship, schools and workplaces that are selling, serving and using Fairtrade products and the walk will conclude with a social event with speakers & stalls for all participants at St Michael and All Angel’s Church in Chiswick, 4pm-7pm on 7th March.

The walks in Brent, Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond will take place on Saturday 7th March, with the Harrow walk taking place a week earlier, on Saturday 28th February.

The Fairtrade Groups are hoping that both Fairtrade enthusiasts and keen walkers will join them on the streets of West London. As well as spreading the word about Fairtrade, they want the walk to be fun and are hoping for some eye-catching placards, banners and outfits! The routes are being planned so that people who cannot undertake the whole walk can join in for as long as they feel able, and then continue on to Chiswick, or make their way home, by public transport.

To join the walk, contact any of the Borough representatives below:

Ealing: info@ealingfairtrade.org.uk

Brent: p.moore883@ntlworld.com

Hounslow: rosalind57@btinternet.com

Richmond: kingstonjenny@yahoo.co.uk

– See more at: http://fairtradelondon.org.uk/2015/02/05/join-us-on-a-fairtrade-walk-this-fairtrade-fortnight/#sthash.dZpgUkfu.dpuf

 

14 March, Saturday, Alternative Clothes Show 

At the Alternative Clothes show, you can show and sell your own up-cycled, handmade or unwanted clothes, learn more about Fair Trade* fashion and even be part of the catwalk show! You might even spot some of your People Tree favourites!

When? 14 March, 6 pm Where? Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 60 Mayfield Rd., N8 9LP

contact: info@hornseyvale.org

 

 The Divine Van will also be journeying through Brighton, Bristol & London & you can check it’s whereabouts at http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff/events as well as seeing a number of their own events!

 

Of course, another, and we think the best way to support Fairtrade, not just in the core commodities but as part of a wider lifestyle choice, is, wait for it… to shop at People Tree!

And if your bank’s a little broken at the moment, we do still have a sale going on, as well as our very own People Tree Sample, with a dedicated Bake Sale for Fairtrade Fortnight.

* And if you’re wondering about the differences between Fair Trade & Fairtrade, read this blog – yes, we know it’s a little confusing!

Enjoy! Xoxo

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