Millions of people across the globe who provide us with our food and fashion are on the front line of the climate emergency. They’re trapped in an unfair trading system that will only drive us further into crisis.
But crucially, together, we can still win a better future.
Fairtrade farmers and workers are fighting back demanding trade that will create a sustainable future for people and planet, and using sustainable farming techniques in line with our Fairtrade Standards.
They are already taking steps to tackle climate change. Will you join them? Add you name to stand with farmers and show businesses and the government in this country we will not accept inaction.
Sign to join the Fairtrade fight against the climate crisis
Fairtrade is more than a Mark on a product. It’s a call for change.
With the next UN Climate Summit taking place in Glasgow in November 2020, it’s critical we all make sure producers’ voices are heard in the UK and beyond. That is why the Fairtrade Foundation is part of the Climate Coalition, a group of over 130 organisations across the UK, working towards a truly green and sustainable world.
Climate justice is necessary for trade justice
More and more Fairtrade farmers are speaking out about the impact of climate breakdown. If we do not tackle the climate crisis farmers will see their yields and incomes decline.
Fairtrade farmers are among the people who have contributed the least to climate crisis – but are already feeling the worst effects. 21 people from Cote d’Ivoire have the same carbon footprint as one person in the UK, but studies have shown that Africa is the continent most vulnerable to climate change.
Farmers in the Global South rely on the land they farm for their livelihoods and often have lower resilience to face the impacts of climate breakdown due to low incomes.
Ebrottié Tanoh Florentin, a cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire, talks about the risks faced by cocoa farming communities in West Africa.
‘Climate change is a global issue. We, the farmers, have to deal with its consequences every day. For instance, this year we lacked food because of the heat. The production decreased this year too, so this affects the economy. People harvested less and received less money. So we all suffer from the negative consequences of the climate: it impacts the environment and our economy.’
Trade justice is also necessary for climate justice
Tackling climate change is at the heart of the fair trade movement, as it threatens the livelihoods of those we are working to protect.
Too many farmers barely earn enough to make ends meet as it is, even without factoring in declining yields and adaptation costs. This is why we are fighting for farmers to receive a Living Income, so they have the power to effectively fight the crises affecting their communities and continue with their livelihoods sustainably. Find out more about our campaign for Living Incomes.
The Guerrero family, who farm coffee in Peru face the impacts of the climate crisis and explain in the video below how the Fairtrade Minimum Price and Premium are enabling them to take action.
You can read more about how Fairtrade farmers are choosing to use their Fairtrade Premiums to increase their resilience in the face of the climate crisis on our blog.
Fairtrade also supports farmers to combat climate change through technical advice and our environmentally friendly Fairtrade Standards.
Our Fairtrade Standards require small producers to take steps to:
- Adapt to climate change
- Reduce greenhouse gases and increase carbon sequestration
- Avoid deforestation and protect forests
- Tackle soil erosion and increase soil fertility
- Reduce water wastage
What can I do to help?
We can all do our bit to bring about a more just and sustainable world. We have some ideas below on how to get started:
1. Join the campaign
Fairtrade actively campaigns on the climate crisis and you can join us! Look out for upcoming demonstrations and strikes where you can get out and make your voice heard.
You may also be aware of local campaign groups near you, why don’t you join them to plant trees, pick litter or engage your political representatives?
You can order some of our climate postcards online now.
2. Share how Fairtrade protects the environment on social media
You can also follow us on social media and share our campaign content to help us raise awareness of the issues affecting farmers and workers.
3. Buy environmentally friendly products
It is important that as consumers we exercise our choice in climate friendly ways. That means that we ought to buy less, but also buy better. So, when you’re out shopping look for the Fairtrade Mark and know that you’re supporting farmers and workers to protect themselves against the climate crisis. Find more information on Fairtrade products.
4. Fundraise for Fairtrade
The Fairtrade Foundation is a charity and relies on donations to help us fulfill our mission. Why not organise a bake sale or raffle? Here are some fun ideas for fundraising.
5. Sign up to emails
Thank you for your support, you can stay up to date with all things Fairtrade by signing up to our emails.