GFA Steering Group and Planning meetings
Dates and business of upcoming meetings can be found here
During the Covid pandemic
We are not organising or participating in live physical events, or holding physical Steering Group meetings but virtual ones instead (more here).
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Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
22 February – 7 March 2021
For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK and here, locally in Gosport, come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.
In 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. 2020 was a hard year and we know that physically campaigning and meeting people will continue to be challenging as we head into 2021. We hope to be able to organise physical local events and help local groups organise their own, but it will depend upon Covid-19 guidelines.
Virtual events – We shall link up with the virtual online festival which the Fairtrade Foundation is organising. It will bring together schools, universities, businesses, supporters, campaigners and farmers from across the world to choose the world they want. We shall put you in touch with links to those and local events.
Fairtrade virtual Festival – Choose the World you want
Join the free virtual festival to hear why winning a fairer deal for farmers and workers is critical in tackling the climate crisis.
Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February to 7 March), the festival will feature:
- Farmers and workers from around the world explaining why they need to earn more to survive a climate crisis that is already hurting their communities
- Discussions between farmers, other experts and famous faces about what we need to do to choose a better future
- Music, art and entertainment, from all corner of our passionate and talented global Fairtrade community
- Fun interactive workshops on sustainable living here in the UK
Hope to see you at the festival! Go to the Fairtrade Foundation Website and add your details here and they’ll send everything you need to join each event.
Yorkshire Fairtrade is also organising an on-line festival. More here about their Festival, ‘Fairtrade Connections’ and events we can join via Eventbrite.
CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where our role begins. We are part of the Fairtrade movement and we have the power to drive long term change not only with our shopping choices but with our support in spreading the message. We just have to do this a little differently in 2021!
The focus will be on climate change and how Fairtrade producers with a living wage are able to adapt to climate change and care for their environment better with Fairtrade prices and the Fairtrade Premium. (see the Environment page on this website get more information about Fairtrade and the Environment from the Fairtrade Foundation website)
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
- Join the online festivals with your friends and family. More details here about how to sign up for different online events by our friends in the global Fairtrade movement and the amazing grassroots network.
- Use social media resources to spread the word online and add more voices to the fight. More online Fortnight resources soon in the Fairtrade Foundation revamped Resources Library. Go to Resources Library
- Are you a young person between the ages of 5-25? Get involved in the ‘Choose the World You Want’ youth exhibition in Fairtrade Fortnight 2021. Details coming soon.
- Read stories of farmers affected by climate change. We will be sharing these stories in the new year.
- You can also host your own online meeting or event:
In 2021, we’ll be encouraging and helping schools to teach and learn about the climate crisis and how it affects farmers in different parts of the world. During Fairtrade Fortnight, young people will be able to explore how better incomes can help farmers to cope with these challenges. Farmers in the global south have contributed the least to the climate crisis but are already feeling the impacts the hardest.
‘Climate, Fairtrade and You’ Education Packs have been produced for teachers and educators to discuss how the climate crisis affects farmers and workers overseas. Through assemblies (designed with social distancing in mind!), lesson plans and activities, young people will have the opportunity to discover how their choices can impact people around the world, but also the planet that we live on.
Visit the Fairtrade Schools site to download your Education Pack for Early Years, Primary schools or Secondary schools.
Share your vision of the world you want – An activity for young people ages 5-25
Young people between the ages of 5 and 25 are invited to share their vision of the world they want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share.
Create your vision for the world you want, for the planet and everything on it, to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 –
Share your artwork, poem, prose or film for a chance for your work to be exhibited in the online Youth Exhibition at the Choose the world you want festival between 22 February and 7 March 2021. More information about how you can take part – here
Resources for you
We invite Schools, Churches and Community Groups to organise Fairtrade events for which we can provide presentations on-line – and, in normal times, with live speakers, videos, displays and more.
See the range of resources on our RESOURCES Page here
Requests welcome any time
Do you have an event coming up in Gosport where you’d like a stall or display or a presentation about Fairtrade? If so please contact us in good time and we’ll do our best to help.
If you would like a speaker to give a talk about Fairtrade, or would like to talk to us about arranging an event, contact us to arrange a date.
Page updated on 15-01-21