Fair trade fort­night aids poorer na­tions

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jus­tine Glu­cina

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.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Help­ing Hand: Mar­ilen Her­nan­dez en­cour­ages peo­ple to cel­e­brate Fair Trade Fort­night.

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