Orkney’s Lorna Penny, chair of the local Fair Trade group took part in a mass online get-together on Saturday, May 9th, World Trade Day.
Lorna Penny said:
“Saturday’s zoom call was fantastic – many of us are getting used to virtual calls to see family and friends, or for work meetings, but this was the biggest gathering I’ve experienced”.
The message from the Fair Trade movement is to stay at home, but live fair and buy fair, keeping simultaneously distant from, but in unison with, those we rely.
“Fairtrade is needed now more than ever so that Fairtrade Premiums, the extra sum earned by producer organisations can be used without delay to minimise the spread of the disease.
“Premiums can be used to purchase and distribute face masks and PPE and to spread the message about hygiene. In some cases the Fairtrade Premium can now be issued as direct cash to workers.”
The Orkney group are also hoping to source supplies of World Fair Trade Organisation accredited face coverings for sale in Orkney in the near future.
Activities in support of #Planet Fair Trade –international poster, video and letter writing competitions – are still open for entries till May 31st, details available on the Orkney Fair Trade Group Facebook page.
And you can read more about it here: Create a Poster/Video Competition: Planet Fair Trade