February 21, 2021 12:02 pm Published by

The Ness Bridge goes blue and green for Fairtrade!

Why will the Ness Bridge in Inverness be lit up in the characteristic green and blue Fairtrade colours from 22nd to 25th February?

These lights will mark Fairtrade Fortnight, the annual UK wide campaign which highlights how Fairtrade helps farmers and producers around the world secure a fairer income.

And Fairtrade is increasingly helping farmers and workers respond to the environmental crisis which is now unfolding in already vulnerable communities. This Fortnight, under the banner “Climate, Fairtrade and You” people are being asked to ‘Choose the World You Want’ and to use your voice to tell others about the challenges that farmers face from climate change.

And how does Fairtrade involve all of us?

So much of our diet here in Scotland depends on farmers and producers across the globe – we simply cannot grow all we need or want here in the U.K. Buying Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, bananas and many other products is a simple way to ensure that farmers in the global South get a fair deal for their work, an extra premium for their communities and much needed resources to help fight climate change.

Fairtrade helps farmers to tackle the climate crisis. More than ever, they need a fair price for their crops and their hard work. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are now being unfairly affected by it. Currently, the poorest 50% of the world’s population are responsible for only 7% of the world’s carbon footprint but yet they are already suffering from climate issues such as droughts, flooding and crop disease.

Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight will be unable to have any social events, but we still have our consumer power. Why not try a new Fairtrade product during the Fortnight and then spread the word? Inverness is officially a Fairtrade City, and more Information about Fairtrade principles, stockists and how to get involved with local activities can be found right here on our new website.

Remember- every consumer choice can make a difference – support Fairtrade. Fair enough!

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This post was written by Ally Young

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