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This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight falls in the leap year weeks of February 27th – March 11th 2012. For more than a decade, People & Planet has been at the forefront of youth promoting fair trade. This year, we’re getting ready to make another leap forward for Fairtrade.
University students must keep up the pressure. In 2003, Oxford Brookes became the UK’s first Fairtrade university. They made a serious commitment to promoting, buying and using Fairtrade products. Today, there are more than 100 Fairtrade universities across the UK. This is, in large part, due to the hard work and activism of People & Planet groups on campuses.
Now we need to take this further. This year, a leap year when Britain will host the Olympics, we’re going to take the great leap forward for social justice. We’ll be pushing for every UK university to adopt People & Planet’s Sweatshop Free Policy. That includes more Fairtrade products, joining the Worker Rights Consortium and getting real student participation in universities’ financial decisions.
For help organising this, get in touch with Lev.
Schools and colleges all over the country will take part in this fantastic week. In previous years, our Fairtrade Fashion Shows have really inspired and engaged young people. Our creative workshops and training sessions build up students’ skills, understanding and confidence. This year we’re shamelessly harnessing the excitement around the Olympics to draw attention to the exploitation that goes into making athletes’ clothes.
Want to talk to us about organising a Fairtrade Fortnight at your school? Get in touch with Liz.