Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and Buy Local

A wonderful series of events will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight: Choose the World you Want which starts on Monday 21st February.

Many of Orkney’s local shops stock Fairtrade goods. The Orkney Fair Trade Group has been posting the items it’s found locally to the new Scottish Fairtrade Finders website, where Orkney makes a really impressive showing. Already there are 30 Orkney businesses listed putting Orkney at the top for Fair Trade sales. 

The Group is inviting everyone to take up their challenge by posting videos and photos on social media, showing their favourite products and where they buy them.

Lorna Penny, Orkney Fair Trade Group chair, said:

“Pre-pandemic, we all enjoyed our chocolate fairbake café promotion, so this year we thought we’d focus on our retail sector, and we’re absolutely thrilled to see just how much the fairly traded offer has grown in Orkney since we last had a look back in 2015. 

“Awareness is growing of how poverty and exploitation in the developing world contributes to the climate emergency, and how Fairtrade supports more sustainable production and guarantees a fair price for farmers.  Hats off to all our independent businesses who’ve worked so hard through these difficult times to keep local folk supplied with such a quantity and variety of stock, both our lovely Orkney produce and Fair Trade from the global south. 

“The group are anxious not to leave any shop out so do get in touch if we’ve missed you, and join in with our social media campaign.”

Fairtrade Fortnight will also see St Magnus Cathedral lit again in blue and green on Friday February 25th, and services held in a number of local churches on Sundays 27th February/6th March. 

St Magnus Cathedral lit up in the Fairtrade colours in 2019 image credit Kenny Armet

As in 2021, there will be a major UK wide festival online, “Choose the World You Want”, with daily events highlighting in particular the links between fair trade and combating climate change, and featuring farming communities worldwide.  And representatives from Orkney will take part in online discussion sessions organised by the Co-Op and with Aberdeen for a Fairer World.  Full details will be available on Orkney Fair Trade Group’s Facebook page.

List of events

Monday 21st February 1.30pmMeet Bismark and Hugo:  Fairtrade Farmers Taking on the Climate Crisis  
Throughout Fairtrade FortnightA celebration of Fair Trade in Orkney’s Retail Sector
Monday 21st February, 7.00pmAdjoa Andoh hosts a film screening focused on farming and the climate crisis; Caroline, a Kenyan coffee farmer and star of the film joins live to answer questions with Bernard Njoroge from Fairtrade Africa    
Tuesday 22nd  February 7.-00-8.00pmFairtrade VOX POPS  
Wednesday 23rd February 1:00 pmFarmers on the Front line  
Thursday 24th February 10-11 Fairtrade Live Orkney    
Wednesday 23rd February 6.00pmShow the Love for the World You Want Craft workshop with the Climate Coalition  
Thursday 24th February at 12pmLive from the Olive Groves in Palestine    
Friday 25th February, 6.00pm-6.00amSt Magnus Cathedral illuminations
Thurs 24th February 7.00pmOnline Fairtrade Seminar  
Saturday 26th February 10:30 amFairtrade , Our Carbon Footprint and the Bigger Picture  
Monday 28th February 12.30-1.30pm  Fairtrade and Climate Change Learning Lunch  
Wednesday 2nd March 2.30-4.00pmOrkney, Aberdeen and Northlink representatives discuss local businesses & Fairtrade   #Fairtrade Fortnight Drop In Café: Aberdeen and the Northern Isles Tickets, Wed 2 Mar 2022 at 14:30 | Eventbrite   
Wednesday 2nd March 6.00pmWhy is the Climate Crisis So Unfair?  
Wednesday, 2nd March 6.30-7.30pmFair Fashion? A conversation on fashion, race and climate justice  
Thursday 3rd March 12.30-2pmClimate Change, Women, Agriculture and Fairtrade  
Thursday 3rd March 6.00pmBaking Mastercalass with Sandy Docherty, Great British Bake Off star and Fairtrade champion makes a delicious York Tart.    
Sunday 6th March 11.15amKirkwall East Church’s annual Fairtrade Service
Sunday, 6th March   6:00-7:30 pmThe Zaytoun Story: a message in a bottle  

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