Put Fair Trade on the agenda
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is calling on candidates and political parties standing in the Scottish Parliament elections to pledge their support for Fair Trade.
Please contact your local candidiates and ask them to sign up to to 3 Fair Trade commitments:
1. Support the Scotland Fair Trade Nation campaign
2. Support more schools, towns, colleges and universities in their constituency to achieve Fairtrade status, while continuing to support those which have already done so to develop their campaign.
3.Support a "Fair Trade if possible" public sector procurement policy and also a minimum of 50% Fairtrade tea and coffee across the board.
If you get a response from any candidates please let us know.
World Fair Trade Day:
In 2012, Scotland will submit its application to be recognised as a Fair Trade Nation. This will be a landmark for Scotland. To highlight the campaign we will be visiting landmark sites across Scotland on World Fair Trade Day this year including the Culloden Visitor Centre, the Burns Birthplace Museum, the Glasgow Science Centre, the Falkrik Wheel and Edinburgh Zoo.
Saturday 14 May
At each site we will be asking visitors to pledge their support for the campaign on blue or white pledge cards. We will then collect in all the pledge cards from across Scotland to form a large version of our logo - symbolising how together the people and communities of Scotland are coming together to do their bit to support the national campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.
If you would like to help out at one of the planned events or hold your own event at a local landmark on World Fair Trade Day (Saturday 14 May), please get in touch. We can supply local groups with camapign packs for the day including leaflets, posters and pledgecards.
Bunting for justice!
The Fairtrade Foundation are now busy sewing together all the Fairtrade cotton bunting you decorated during Fairtrade Fortnight. They will be hanging the record-breaking attempt at the longest piece of bunting on World Fair Trade Day in Battersea Park in London.
Fairtrade Foundation seeks Campaigner Trustee
The Fairtrade Foundation is currently advertising for an unpaid campaigner trustee position, looking for applicants with sound governance experience and relevant experience of campaigning on Fairtrade at a local, regional or national level in a voluntary or a paid capacity.The position is for an initial term of three years and is unpaid, although travel expenses and other direct expenses incurred will be reimbursed. Anyone interested should contact company secretary Tim Gutteridge with a short statement supporting their application by Thursday 26 May.
Message from Malawi
We have received a message from Ken Mkangala (below) in Malawi who visited Scotland as our guest duirng Fairtrade Fortnight. In the message Ken says: "I was particularly impressed by the unity and purpose of heart of the Scottish people to campaign for a Fair Trade Nation. The goal will be achieved as long as the momentum keeps going in all schools, workplaces and homes." So let's keep up the momentum to make our goal a reality.
Ayr Fairtrade Patnership and South Ayrshire Council hosted a Fair Trade Conference at Ayr Town Hall at the end of March. The
Congratulations are also due to James Cuddihy and the Chocness Monsters Fair Trade Group at All Saints' Secondary in Glasgow for winning Evening Times Community Champions Awards.
Finally, pupils at Lasswade Primary School have set up a Fairtrade tuck shop - so hungry pupils can tuck into healthy and ethical snacks. The "Tradey Treats" store - set up by children in P2 and P6 - is just one of the school's initiatives established as part of its bid to become an official Fairtrade School.
Recipe of the Month: Kyle Academy's Raspberry Flapjacks
Ayr's Kyle Academy recently published a book full of ethical recipies, with Fair Trade products featuring prominently among the ingredients. Their raspberry flapjacks are sure to go down a storm- whether school is a grim reality or distant memory.
125g Scottish raspberries
250g diced butter
1 tsp Fairtrade honey
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
250g Scottish porridge oats
200g plain flour
100g desiccated coconut
100g Fairtrade brown sugar
Preheat your oven to 180 celsius or gas mark 4, and grease and line a 6 by 10 inch baking tin. Crush the raspberries in a small bowl, then place the butter and honey in a small pan and melt them slowly together into a runny mixture. Sprinkle in the bicarbonate of soda, stirring until frothy, then place all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, making a small depression in the centre to pour the butter mixture in, then mix everything together well.
Once mixed, spread half the oat mixture into the tin, cover with raspberries and cover them with the mixture that remains. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes until golden, then wait for the baked flapjacks to cool before cutting into squares.