Celebrate World Fair Trade Day!
This Saturday, 10 May is World Fair Trade Day. All around the world, thousands of people are using this day to call for fairer terms of trade for small farmers and workers.
Many different Fair Trade organizations, producers and supporters are taking part in a wide variety of events, reflecting the creativity and diversity of the fair trade movement.
Here’s a flavour of some of the activities Fairtrade and our members are involved in. Why not get involved and show your support for Fair Trade!
Vote for Fair Trade in the EU elections
751 European parliamentarians representing 28 countries will be elected in the upcoming European Parliament (EP) elections
Wouldn’t it be great if they all supported Fair Trade in their policies?
The Vote4FT campaign is calling for just that. Across Europe, Fair Trade campaigners are asking EP candidates to support Fair Trade, and for Fair Trade to be part of the European Parliament’s policy agenda.
Several high profile candidates have already pledged their support and signed the Vote 4FT manifesto, including Martin Schulz, common candidate for the Party of European Socialists and Ska Keller, co-candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission for the European Green Party.
Why not ask your European Parliament candidate to sign the manifesto?
Or if you’re in Strasbourg, check out the main stage of the European Youth Event, where young Europeans and EP candidates will hold a public debate on how the EU should support Fair Trade.
Fairtrade Producers Join the Celebrations
Fairtrade farmers and workers are also joining in the festivities with a variety of activities.
Banana farmers in the Dominican Republic are organizing a family sports day with the local community to promote Fairtrade. In Guatemala and Mexico, producers are inviting local people to join them on a Fair Trade walk with the slogan “Un camino de solidaridad y justicia con los pequeños productores.”
Lebanese and North African farmers, Beirut shoppers, Fairtrade International and Fair Trade Lebanon staff will all be coming together for a massive Fair Trade lunch in the centre of Beirut, celebrating the finest of local and Fair Trade cuisine.
Going Bananas for Fairtrade
Campaigners in the UK are busy gathering as many signatories as possible for their petition to make bananas fair, which they will hand to the government on World Fair Trade Day. Over 50,000 have signed so far.
Meanwhile Fairtrade fans in Sweden are asking their workplaces to switch to Fairtrade bananas and want at least 200 companies signed up by Saturday.
Other highlights include:
- Thousands of German homes, offices and schools are hosting Fairtrade breakfasts from 25 April to 1 June.
- Discover the “Power of You” through Fairtrade America and Canada’s exciting new campaigns.
- Max Havelaar Netherlands invites you to enjoy a Fairtrade moment on World Fair Trade Day!
- Fairtrade Norway is launching a series of fun videos celebrating Fairtrade products this Saturday.
Ask your National Fairtrade Organization about events near you.