An Otley school has won our regional film competition and was presented with an award on Monday 28th May by Greg Mulholland MP. The ‘Take a Step’ film competition was organised by Fairtrade Yorkshire and launched during this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.
Greg Mulholland MP with winning Saints
The challenge was to tell the story about the journey of a Fairtrade product. The winners are from Otley All Saints School, who created an informative and interesting film about the journey of cocoa, from grower to chocolate bar. Scarlet Hannan-Webber, one of the pupils involved in the film, said “It was so interesting because we got to learn more details about Fairtrade products. Our team was so co-operative and everyone really enjoyed being creative and thinking outside the box!”
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World Fair Trade Day is the annual celebration of the global fair trade movement. This year it took place on 12th May. Big celebrations took place in Bradford when the last of the nine Fair Trade Way walks was completed. The Lord Mayor of Bradford joined Fairtrade activists and praised the establishment of the Fair Trade Ways in Bradford District.
To find out more about the Fair Trade Ways, which cross some of Yorkshire’s most dramatic countryside, please click here:
Bradford Fair Trade Way
Karen Palframan, Chair of Fairtrade Bradford, thanked all involved and gave special thanks to the Coop for all their support for the setting up of the Fair Trade Way.
Linda Gomila, Co-operative and Membership Officer for West Yorkshire, said: ‘It’s vital that we continue to support our local communities…particularly when there is a link to something like the Fairtrade movement, which has the power to change lives and is a cause that is very close to our hearts. Whether a vanilla grower in India or a banana producer in Panama, Fairtrade is so important because it enables people living in some of the world’s poorest countries to escape poverty and empower themselves and their families.’
A speaker meeting held in York on 30th May raised awareness of the United Nations Rio +20 meeting that takes place in June.
Professor Dave Raffaelli and Nicola Sansom at the Rio +20 event
Oxfam’s North of England Activist Coordinator, Nicola Sansom, held up Fairtrade as an example of successful action for a sustainable future. Although society is a long way off from taking the actions necessary to secure the well being of future generations, there is still much that has taken place that should be celebrated, including the rise of the Fairtrade movement.
Fairtrade is sustainable as it seeks to offer producers long term livelihoods, often encouraging diversification. The Fairtrade movement seeks to minimise adverse environmental impact, for example supporting organic farming and ending the use of many pesticides which can cause serious health problems and poison the land and water supply.
Nicola called on the audience to back Oxfam’s Grow campaign which supports sustainable small scale agriculture.
Professor Dave Raffaelli from the Environment Department at the University of York, who is the director of the UK programme “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Sustainability”, talked about his work at national and international levels to find new ways to help communities develop, without threatening the very landscapes and biodiversity which underpins their livelihoods.
Three of Yorkshire’s bishops have given strong backing to the campaign for Fairtrade Yorkshire.
Bishop John of Ripon & Leeds has said:
‘Fair Trade is one of the great movements of our time. It contributes to the welfare of people throughout the world and helps to ensure justice. I am delighted to support the aim of Fairtrade status for Yorkshire.’
Bishop Tony of Pontefract:
‘I am very pleased to support the campaign to make ‘God’s Own County’ a Fairtrade county. Supporting farmers in poor countries is so important for them. They want to be able to help themselves and Fairtrade gives them a really good start’
Bishop Stephen of Wakefield:
‘I am delighted that Yorkshire is at the forefront of trying to achieve Fairtrade status. Justice for all people is central to the Christian Faith which is why so many churches support Fairtrade products. I very pleased indeed to be able to support this important initiative.’
For Fairtrade Fortnight this year a Coffee Crawl took place around some of the many coffee shops in Sheffield City Centre that serve Fairtrade refreshments. Joining the fun was the Rev Vernon Marsh, Sheffield Methodist District chairman. Venues visited included Crucible Corner and Zooby’s.
Sheffield Methodist District, which not only serves the steel city but covers Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster as well, is now officially a Fairtrade District. Many congratulations to all involved with that great campaign.