Edinburgh will celebrate ten years of Fairtrade status today by linking live to fellow Fairtrade City, Cardiff.
Lord Provost Donald Wilson and Councillor Derrick Morgan, Lord
Mayor of Cardiff will share a cup of fair trade tea via video link-up on
Friday 21 February, before wishing one another a happy anniversary in
Welsh and Gaelic.
Both capitals are marking a decade since they were recognised as Fairtrade Cities
acknowledging the support of organisations, faith groups, businesses,
schools and individuals for Fairtrade and using products with the
FAIRTRADE Mark. They will also toast achievement of Fair Trade Nation
for Scotland and Wales.
The event will launch this year’s national Fairtrade Fortnight
, which will see a series of fair trade-themed events
across Edinburgh, including coffee mornings, a fashion show, tastings and presentations by fair trade producers.
A special Edinburgh Fairtrade City Family Fair and Bruncheon will
be held on Saturday 1 March at Out of the Blue Drill Hall to celebrate
Edinburgh’s anniversary, where fair trade producers from Kathmandu,
Nepal will be speaking.
Lord Provost, Councillor Donald Wilson, said: “Fair trade is so
important as it shines a beacon of hope in our world. Encouraging
everyone to purchase an everyday fair trade item such as tea, coffee,
bananas or a craft product has helped to improve the lives of thousands
of people in the developing world and we must continue to support it.
“We are delighted to be celebrating ten years as a Fairtrade
city, which is testament to the dedication of countless volunteers,
groups, businesses and individuals across the city. I’m looking forward
to seeing what the next ten years of Fairtrade status can bring.”
Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Derrick Morgan, added: "Without
so many people getting involved from shops and businesses we would not
have made such progress and brought positive change to people
experiencing desperate levels of poverty in countries across the world.”
Running from Saturday 22 February to Saturday 8 March, Fairtrade Fortnight
brings together consumers, retailers, licensees, businesses, producers
and campaigners nationwide to promote awareness and sales of fair trade
products and to campaign on issues of trade justice.
Year-round the Edinburgh Fairtrade Steering Group meets monthly
to progress fair trade issues in the City. Members of the steering
group include a wide variety of partners from a number of different
sectors who work together to promote fair trade in Edinburgh.