April 2013 Newsletter
Filming your World Fair Trade Day celebrations
World Fair Trade Day (WFTD) 2013 will be celebrated on Saturday, 11 May. WFTD is a day to celebrate why Fair Trade exists and the real impact it has made in challenging global poverty and recognising the effects of climate change and the economic crisis on producer partners.
Fair Trade is more important than ever. It reminds us that trade should be beneficial first and foremost to the producers whose products we consume. This means producers should be able to have a sustainable standard of living and that they truly feel the support of the Fair Trade movement.
The day will be marked with celebrations across the world. WFTD will be celebrated in Bolivia, Kenya and South Africa with Fair Trade artisans and farmers at the heart of the events being held. Friends to the north in Norway will be attempting to set a new Guinness world record by fitting as many people as possible in one giant pair of Fair Trade underwear. Read more about it here.
Do you have any plans to celebrate World Fair Trade Day? If so, would you be willing to participate in a film project?
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum have commissioned Forth Valley College to produce a short film addressing the question: What does a Fair Trade Nation mean to you?, and; What’s next for Fair Trade in Scotland?
The film will be premièred at Fair Trade Nation Celebration in Perth on 7 September 2013. The film will be a celebration and acknowledgement of all the hard work that Fair Trade campaigners like you have done over the years towards raising the profile of Fair Trade in your communities. It will celebrate achieving Fair Trade Nation status and address where Scotland wants to go from here.
This is your project and we want as many Fair Trade groups around Scotland to have a voice in it. If you’re not able to participate in the filming, you can also send in a photo. In either case, please get in touch with Stuart Hall at Forth Valley College, who will be able to give you specific information about some of the running themes of the film and how to go about filming them.
His details are as follows:
Tel: 01324 403125
We hope you all join us to celebrate what was a momentous year for Scotland’s Fair Trade movement through this film. We look forward to your contributions.
Producer visit in September
The Forum is inviting a Fair Trade producer to Scotland in early September to speak at our national celebration event, and then to participate in other events around Scotland the following week (approx. 8-13 Sept) to mark the achievement of Fair Trade Nation status. Would you be interested in hosting a producer for an event in September? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
The town/city/village where you would like to hold the event
The nature of the event and target audience
Your preferred dates and time of day
How your event would help to raise awareness of Fair Trade Nation status
Please be aware that demand for producer visits usually exceeds the availability that we have. We will do our best to meet as many requests as we can but priority will be given to groups that haven't recently hosted a producer, or events that would help to increase public awareness of Scotland's status as a Fair Trade Nation.
Fair Trade Workshops
During May and June, we're holding a series of regional workshops around Scotland for Fair Trade supporters and campaigners. This will be a chance to hear about and discuss current issues and developments in the world of Fair Trade, as well as a chance to meet campaigners from other Fair Trade groups.
We'll be covering three topics at the workshop:
Mainstreaming of Fair Trade - discussion about the pros and cons
Fair Trade and the environment
New campaigning ideas
Due to the complex and challenging nature of some of these debates, the workshops are designed for existing Fair Trade campaigners and/or local group members. If you'd like to attend one of the Saturday workshops, please register using the links below.
4 May - Dumfries - http://ftdumfries.eventbrite.co.uk/
11 May - Dundee - http://ftdundee.eventbrite.co.uk/
25 May - Inverness - http://ftinverness.eventbrite.co.uk/
1 June - Glasgow - http://ftglasgow.eventbrite.co.uk/
8 June - Bridge of Allan - http://ftboa.eventbrite.co.uk/
15 June - Edinburgh - http://ftedinburgh.eventbrite.co.uk/
29 June - Aberdeen - http://ftaberdeen.eventbrite.co.uk/
Check your cotton stocks
The main buying time for schoolwear is from April to August. So now is the time to check that your local supplier is stocking Fairtrade cotton schoolwear. This includes small suppliers and the big supermarket chains. The Scottish Fair Trade Forum has Stock-it Cards which can be passed to suppliers to encourage them to stock more Fairtrade cotton schoolwear and increase the opportunities for parents and pupils to buy ethically and sustainably produced garments.
To get your stock-it cards contact email@example.com.
Enough Food for Everyone – IF Campaign update – IF on Tour
March's budget was a crucial date in the calendar for the IF Campaign, with calls to the UK Government to keep to their promise on maintaining that 0.7% of the UK budget to international aid. Many of you lobbied your MPs calling on the Chancellor George Osbourne to keep to that promise and we are pleased to say that thanks to your efforts, the UK budget will honour it.
Campaigners are planning events to publicise several IF Campaign issues at the upcoming G8 summit in June.
In the build-up to the G8 summit, IF Campaign is Scotland will be offering workshops about the IF campaign and key upcoming moments in the Journey to the G8. The IF on Tour will be stopping in several towns. So if you want to join to find out what action you can take, how to get others involved and how we make sure the G8 listens to the campaign message, please click here.
Carlogie Primary wins accolades
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is pleased to join in with congratulations to the pupils at the Carlogie Primary School in Carnoustie, whose Fairtrade café has won the Schools Enterprise Challenge (SEC).
The pupils drew up a business plan for the café that opens its doors to the community once a month. It offers Fairtrade produce, including crafts and food, for the local community to purchase. They students also promote the benefits of buying Fairtrade products.
As a result of their success, the Schools Enterprise Challenge, which is a Europe-wide competition, was awarded to the students along with a £1,000 cash prize for their school. The students were also recognised by the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS) for their work in the café as well as a savings bank that they run.