Fairtrade

David manning his Fairtrade stall

David manning his Fairtrade stall

For many years David Smith has operated a Traidcraft Stall, promoting fairly-traded goods, both for the congregation of St Michael’s and at many Ecumenical Parish events as, for example, at the St Peter’s annual Fete, shown in the photograph alongside.

Following the Make Poverty History Event in St Michael’s in October 2005 our three congregations have confirmed their commitment to satisfy the requirements listed below which allow them to be described as Fair Trade Churches, namely:

  • To use only Fairtrade tea and coffee at meetings for which we are responsible
  • To use other Fairtrade products where possible and appropriate and
  • To promote Fair Trade during Fairtrade Fortnight and as opportunities arise.

Display of ECO-friendly household products

Display of ECO-friendly household products


Fairtrade Fortnight

In past years we have used the fortnight to concentrate on the purchase of fairly-traded goods. Although very important this is only one part of the way to tackle the problem of ‘Making Poverty History’. For farmers in developing countries – especially small, ecologically and economically fragile island states – climate change has become a harsh reality. Changing weather patterns have had a catastrophic effect on normal crop cycles and many people, particularly from the poorer parts of the world, are already suffering greatly from the effects of climate change.

It is important, therefore, that we do everything we can to reverse this trend. We in the rich world should consume less – live more simply that others may simply live. What we buy and use should be procured in ways which are fair, ethical and green and, wherever possible, we should use environmentally friendly products. This year, therefore, we produced posters and a small selection of products for display in each of our churches, see the illustration alongside, seeking to show the wide variety of environmentally friendly household goods available and encouraging their use.