Fair trade fortnight aids poorer nations
An international campaign for justice in trade with Third World countries is being celebrated nationwide.
Fair Trade Fortnight, which kicked off last Saturday and runs for a fortnight, is a chance for people to make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged producers through Trade Aid stores.
This year’s theme is environmental justice.
Remuera Trade Aid manager Marilen Hernandez encourages people to think about issues surrounding their current lifestyles.
“It’s promoting environmental justice, protecting the environment from environmental degradation, reducing carbon footprints and buying goods by disadvantaged labourers.”
She says disadvantaged producers in Third World countries have the lightest carbon footprint, but their food, livelihoods and homes are affected the most by climate change and environmental destruction.
Trade Aid’s 32 stores across the country are taking part in the campaign.
Trade Aid products will be showcased including boxes made from camel bone, toy cars made by Kenyan women from telephone wires and incense made by deaf and mute people in India.
Fair Trade Fortnight is centred around World Fair Trade Day tomorrow, where international Fair Trade members in 70 countries host breakfasts, talks, music concerts, fashion shows and art displays.
Every Fair Trade shop will display artwork by well-known regional artists which will be sent to Wellington on World Environment Day on June 5 and auctioned.
Half the proceeds will go to the artist, and half will go to schools that teach environmental awareness.
Trade Aid spokeswoman Michelia Ward says climate change is challenging people to think about their impact on the planet.
“This fortnight, Trade Aid challenges New Zealanders to go a step further and make a real difference.
“When you buy Trade Aid products, you can be confi that you are doing something positive for people and the planet.”
Schoolchildren can enter an online art competition, Junk to Green Funk, that runs until June 5.
There are four categories from preschool to open where students can enter an art piece made from recycled material.
Visit www.tradeaid.org. nz.
Helping Hand: Marilen Hernandez encourages people to celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight.