As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Thurles students at TUS Thurles campus added their voices to the call for fairtrade for farmers internationally. The climate crises, and COVID-19 pandemic, are showing us more than ever how interconnected we are globally and deforestation is another example. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message. Thurles has been a Fairtrade town and TUS students are part of the Fairtrade movement, and have the power to drive long-term change, not only with shopping choices but support in spreading the message.
Since last Fairtrade Fortnight we have seen the COP26 take place in Glasgow. But frustration came as the wealthiest nations failed to recognise the urgent need to invest in farmer expertise, including in areas like forestry maintenance, by delaying their promised $100bn annual funding to the most climate vulnerable countries until 2023. “A frustrating conclusion to a summit filled with hope.” said Mary Kinyua, Fairtrade flower farmer and Fairtrade chief representative’s verdict at the climate conference.
We now add our voices to calls for change by linking the poorest farmers, as stewards of the earths most precious resources, to our voices as consumers.