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.
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 1.30pm||Meet Bismark and Hugo: Fairtrade Farmers Taking on the Climate Crisis https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/98608/subscribe/1?ea.tracking.id=fstlst|
|Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight||A celebration of Fair Trade in Orkney’s Retail Sector https://www.facebook.com/orkneyfairtrade|
|Monday 21st February, 7.00pm||Adjoa 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 https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/98817/subscribe/1?ea.tracking.id=fstlst|
|Tuesday 22nd February 7.-00-8.00pm||Fairtrade VOX POPS https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-vox-pops-tickets-264281823047?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch|
|Wednesday 23rd February 1:00 pm||Farmers on the Front line https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/fairtrade/events/farmers-on-the-frontline/|
|Thursday 24th February 10-11||Fairtrade Live Orkney https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-live-orkney-registration-262429131597?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch|
|Wednesday 23rd February 6.00pm||Show the Love for the World You Want Craft workshop with the Climate Coalition https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/show-the-love-for-the-world-you-want-tickets-260132823277|
|Thursday 24th February at 12pm||Live from the Olive Groves in Palestine https://mailchi.mp/zaytoun/fairtrade-fortnight-2022|
|Friday 25th February, 6.00pm-6.00am||St Magnus Cathedral illuminations|
|Thurs 24th February 7.00pm||Online Fairtrade Seminar https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-online-fairtrade-seminar-tickets-260197737437?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch|
|Saturday 26th February 10:30 am||Fairtrade , Our Carbon Footprint and the Bigger Picture https://www.scottishfairtradeforum.org.uk/events/fairtrade-our-carbon-footprint-and-the-bigger-picture/|
|Monday 28th February 12.30-1.30pm||Fairtrade and Climate Change Learning Lunch https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-and-climate-change-learning-lunch-tickets-265205224967?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch|
|Wednesday 2nd March 2.30-4.00pm||Orkney, 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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fairtrade-fortnight-drop-in-cafe-aberdeen-and-the-northern-isles-tickets-254733854817|
|Wednesday 2nd March 6.00pm||Why is the Climate Crisis So Unfair? https://action.fairtrade.org.uk/page/98951/subscribe/1?ea.tracking.id=fstlst|
|Wednesday, 2nd March 6.30-7.30pm||Fair Fashion? A conversation on fashion, race and climate justice https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fair-fashion-a-conversation-on-fashion-race-and-climate-justice-tickets-256950675387|
|Thursday 3rd March 12.30-2pm||Climate Change, Women, Agriculture and Fairtrade https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/climate-change-women-agriculture-and-fairtrade-tickets-254496645317|
|Thursday 3rd March 6.00pm||Baking Mastercalass with Sandy Docherty, Great British Bake Off star and Fairtrade champion makes a delicious York Tart. https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/fairtrade/events/baking-masterclass-with-sandy-docherty/|
|Sunday 6th March 11.15am||Kirkwall East Church’s annual Fairtrade Service|
|Sunday, 6th March 6:00-7:30 pm||The Zaytoun Story: a message in a bottle https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-zaytoun-story-a-message-in-a-bottle-tickets-214844574907?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch|
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