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27th February to 12th March 2023 - Be Fair-Do Sustainable
This Fairtrade Fortnight, join us in spreading a simple message: Be Fair-Do Sustainable. Choose Fairtrade now and help save our favourite foods as well as farmers livelihoods, and the environment!
Did you know that in Ireland fifteen of the top 20 warmest years on record have occurred since 1990?
In the Tropics near the Equator, where most commodities like coffee, cocoa and bananas grow, ‘the hottest 5% of days are expected to warm by a further 20 percent than on the average day. This increased warming of extreme temperatures will have severe impacts on human health, ecosystems and wildfires across large parts of Africa, Asia and the Americas. (Dr. Michael Byrne, University of St Andrews)
As a result of this and other chaotic climate change impacts, communities growing these crops are being pushed to the brink and cocoa, bananas and coffee products could soon be much more difficult to find on our shelves!
As Adou Boa Jean Baptiste Ehouman, a cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire described it,
“It is really difficult with the climate change and so we have changed our way of working. It is important to share that with climate change the production is low and impacts our financial means. At the moment we are trying to strengthen the destroyed forests by planting trees in our plantations and these trees will serve as shade that will cover the cocoa trees and the planted food crops”
More of us choosing Fairtrade means extra income, power, and support for those communities, as they work to build sustainable and prosperous futures.
That’s the good news. Choosing Fairtrade is better for people and planet, and it could help save everyday treats like chocolate, bananas and a cuppa!
More details to follow here.
Whether it’s a Fairtrade Parade in Carrick on Shannon, or a film show in Limerick, if it’s a coffee morning, a quiz night, a social media post or something completely different... we look forward to hearing more about what’s going on in your area.
Choosing Fairtrade now can help save the future of our favourite foods.