Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 - Fairtrade Ireland


Choose the World You Want!

Fairtrade Fortnight is on Monday 22nd February – Sunday 7th March 2021

Climate Change and Fairtrade

For two weeks each year 100’S of individuals, companies, and groups across Ireland come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food people who are often exploited and underpaid.

The majority of greenhouse gas emissions have occurred in the last 30 years, and, since records began in 1850, over 90% of emissions have come from the places like Europe, US, (G8). Those who have contributed the least to the carbon crises should not have to pay the highest price to try and resolve it. Yet, vulnerable rural populations in the global south are currently paying the highest price. Climate impacts are being seen in more frequent chaotic climate events like hurricanes, drought and floods. And these are being added to pre-existing vulnerabilities like poverty, exclusion and exploitation.. Fundamentally, climate justice and a Just Transition need to include trade and economic justice, to ensure opportunities for everyone.

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In Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected.

They have told us that:

  • Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now.
  • Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.
  • With more money through Fairtrade they feel more equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges posed by climate change.

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.

With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change.

Whilst we won’t be hosting guests in Ireland this year, we’ll be bringing Farmers, Supporters , Commercial partners and Consumers together through virtual events!