To mark Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability have organised and curated a series of activities focused on what we consider to be the three key pillars of fair trade: people, products and action.
Over the course of the two weeks we intend to highlight the impact of fair trade on people around the world, raise awareness of the different types of products available and where they come from, and encourage people to think about ways in which they can make a difference.
We’re be kicking off the fortnight with our Visions for Change lecture, Modern Slavery: Are we complicit?. The event will look to broaden our understanding of the issue and its impact, explore the steps that have been taken to eradicate slavery in the UK, and also identify what we can do as individuals to be more responsible consumers.
Students who want to get hands on experience can apply for one of two fairtrade volunteering opportunities or apply to be an events assistant or student reporter.
Fairtrade Fortnight is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of the University of Edinburgh. Throughout the two weeks we will be promoting the various ways in which the University is supporting fair trade, whether it’s through our catering, stuff uniforms or electronics. We’ll also be asking on students and staff to get creative (Ernest Hemmingway style!), and share their fair trade inspired ‘6 word stories’. Keep an eye on twitter for more info.
Find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight and how you can get involved.