Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up for Farmers
This year highlights the fact that before we've even finished our breakfast, we've depended on so many people all around the world. Those oranges don't squeeze themselves you know!
Lots of people are organising their own big fair trade breakfast events, some people are just making a change to fairtrade coffee for their morning cuppa - and then there are others who are going full out for a fair trade feast!
Fairtrade School Uniform Event
We've already had our first Fairtrade Fortnight event at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church with lots of schools from around Scotland who have bought (or thinking of buying) Fairtrade uniforms for their school from KoolSkools. These brilliant jumpers and polo shirts are not only made from fair trade cotton, they're also made in a fair trade factory - so the whole manufacturing line is fair, which believe it or not doesn't always happen! The uniforms are really hard wearing and come in loads of different colours too. Come speak to us or contact KoolSkools directly if you're interested in getting your school to wear Fairtrade every day!
Pamela L'Intellegent was speaking at the event too - you might remember her from some of the events last year's Fairtrade Fortnight. She works in the factory in Mauritius where the KoolSkools uniforms are made and was speaking briefly about that the schools that choose Fairtrade uniforms are saving lives, not only of people in her factory but the cotton farmers' lives and their children's lives too.
Fairtrade Fortnight events coming up...
A free one-day family friendly Festival event with stalls, free drinks and refreshments, storytelling, the Edinburgh Contemporary Choir and lots more!
Tania Pintado, a young plantain farmer from Ecuador, has been invited to speak and give a presentation on the challenges her community faces and how Fairtrade has made a vital difference to their lives.
The Lord Provost and Malcolm Brown from Scotmid will also be speaking and urging everyone to learn more and get involved in bringing about changes to unfair trading practices.
All welcome. The festival will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday 5 March.
Fair Trade Breakfast in Balerno
Get ready for the big Fairtrade Breakfast Challenge in Balerno! The Balerno Fairtrade Village Group want as many people as possible to take part in the challenge during Fairtrade Fortnight, whether they're eating breakfast at home or stopping off at Vanilla Pod, the kiosk by Harlaw Visitor Centre, in the Pentlands, or meeting a friend for brunch in the Mill Cafe.
Also on Saturday 5th March, in the Parish Church Hall, from 10 - 12 noon, there will be a late breakfast, with fair trade drinks and home-baking and stalls selling fairly traded products, activities for children, a presentation of prizes to pupils from Dean Park and more.
To keep in touch, see the Balerno Fairtrade Village Facebook(external link) page.
Beyond the Beans
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, we are hosting a special guest from Colombia, Luz Marina Garcia Ruiz, a coffee certification manager at Asprocafe Coffee Co-operative,
Come to our Beyond the Beans event on Monday 7th March from 6pm to hear her speak about her work and the real story of how Fairtrade works on the ground. Asprocafe works with 1500 coffee farmers, 25% of whom are women.
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and refreshments. Click here to see the Facebook Event
Fairtrade on your Doorstep - from local to global
An open event for students and young people on Wednesday 9th March, between 5.30 and 7pm, at the One World Shop - 25 Nicolson Square. Hear from student societies about their experiences of fair trade.
Come along and find out how you can get more involved in fair trade. Enjoy free refreshments and organic chocolate tasting from Equal Exchange.
Let us know you're coming by responding to the Facebook Event