The Great Big Green Week will take place 18 – 26 September 2021, and will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too. Together we will call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion action on climate change.
WHAT EVENTS WILL THERE BE?
These will range from art installations, to concerts to community stalls, to climate cafes, and everything in between; hosted by teachers, bus drivers, sport clubs, artists, community groups, places of worship, builders and anyone who cares about climate change.
Great Big Green Week community hubs will celebrate local activity, raise the profile of climate change and show why it is relevant to your community and local decision makers.
National organisations, institutions, businesses and media outlets will join in, getting more people involved up and down the country, and putting pressure on the UK Government to up its game on climate change.
In 2021, the UK will host two critical summits, the G7 in June and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.
With the world facing challenges such as Covid, injustice, climate change and nature crisis, UK decision-makers have an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership at home and abroad.
That is why organisations from across the UK, advocating for a better future for people and planet, have come together in this new coalition. We want to bring people together to tackle these crises by taking individual actions, by supporting others and by asking decision-makers to act.
At the G7 in Cornwall this month – 12-13 June, the UK will be hosting the leaders of some of the world’s most powerful countries. So it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to crack the four major crises the whole world is facing; the Covid pandemic, injustice, climate change and nature loss.
We’re all invited to be part of the Wave of Hope craft action sweeping the UK to show the leaders that we want them to work together for a better world.
Along with the nation’s favourite illustrators, including Quentin Blake, Lauren Child, Diane Ewen, Jim Field and Nick Sharratt, you can help spread the Wave of Hope in your community.
To take part in the Wave of Hope, the Crack the Crises coalition are asking individuals, families and community groups to put together creative window displays of handprints from their homes to raise awareness of the need for urgent climate action, adding messages of hope.
Take a photo of your window display and post it to social media using #WaveofHope.
These images will then be collated together for use in a physical display at the G7 itself.
Does Fairtrade still matter? Local activists believe it’s more important than ever.
Buying goods with the Fairtrade mark means that the producers get more than the current world market price plus a premium to spend in their own community on schools, wells or clinics –they decide.
But Fairtrade is about a lot more than price. Producers have to keep to high standards for health and safety and protecting the environment and it’s important that women are involved at all levels. Child labour is definitely out. A big problem now is our changing climate which can be disastrous for farmers, especially if they are only growing one product. Fairtrade organisations are helping farmers to experiment with more resistant crops and to diversify into new areas.
Did you also know that Fairtrade has an important role to play in the fight against global heating. Find out more here
We want to remind people we need to support some of the poorest producers in the world. Many of these farmers and plantation workers have been hit really hard by COVID and also by the changing climate which can make crops hard to grow and often to develop diseases. The climate emergency has also caused devastating hurricanes and floods in some areas. droughts and heatwaves in others and harvests are shrinking.
Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected. They tell us that climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now and that low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.
Fairtrade organisations are working hard to help by helping farmers to diversity and to find disease resistant varieties. But it’s a huge problem and money is short.
So the message is to keep supporting Fairtrade. Make sure the goods you buy have the Fairtrade Mark and please keep sharing the message that this matters.
The key messages will develop around how better incomes and the choice to use the Fairtrade Premium as farmers see fit in their communities provide flexibility to respond to growing challenges including unexpected pressures from climate change.
Fairtrade has been a huge success. You can now find the Mark on over 6,000 products in the UK, ranging from ice-cream to gold rings, flowers to footballs. And at least 1.7 million farmers and workers have better lives as a result of fairer prices plus the extra money which goes into their communities to build schools, wells or clinics – whatever they decide. But more people using Fairtrade products would really help. At the moment only 10% of the cocoa we buy is sold at Fairtrade prices
Campaigners believe that consumers care much more now about buying ethical products than they did. We know the UK public do not want poverty and exploitation to be part of the price of their chocolate bars. Shoppers are asking more questions about where their products come from, and how the people involved were treated and paid.
Don’t forget the power you have as consumers – just choose Fairtrade every time and let shops know the changes you’d like to see.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Buy the products! With thousands of products now available from single origin coffees to delicious chocolate and fashionable cotton T shirts, change your everyday products to Fairtrade today.
Ask for Fairtrade in cafes and restaurants. And if your local food store does not have the Fairtrade product you are looking for, speak to the manager and ask them to stock it.
Join a local group There are a number of groups in South East Hants you can join:
Introduce your friends to Fairtrade products. Say thank you with a bunch of Fairtrade flowers, bring a bottle of Fairtrade wine to a dinner party or make them a cup of refreshing Fairtrade tea.
Find out more and spread the word. Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk for news, ideas, events and information.
Campaign for Trade Justice. We need trade rules to work in the interests of the poor. We are campaigning on a living income and are asking our government and the chocolate industry (worth £4billion in the UK alone) to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers.
We’re also seriously worried about trade deals post Brexit. Some of these are being rushed through very rapidly and could make things very much worse e.g. by applying huge increases on duties.
We’re also opposing theUK/US Trade deal which gives too much power to large corporations and could be a model for future trade deals with poorer countries
TOGETHER FOR OUR PLANET – THE UK’S YEAR OF CLIMATE ACTION
This is going to be one of the most important international conferences ever on the future of the planet in Glasgow from 1-12 November. Lots of groups are already planning action so this page is work in progress.
COP26 is an international summit under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The United Kingdom in partnership with Italy, will be the host.
The aim is to keep global temperatures rises below 1.5ﹾ and to build on the 2015 Paris Agreement with more ambitious commitments and measures to reduce carbon emissions and stop futher climate change – so that all our children and future generations can enjoy a future in a sustainable world.
This is a big moment – we can still keep climate change in check – just – IF we act now. If we wait any longer it may be too late.
Why we should demand action
2020 was the joint hottest year on record and the end of the hottest decade. Scientists are convinced that the floods, hurricanes and wildfires we have been witnessing are the result of global heating – certainly they are causing great devastation and destroying people’s lives.
If we allow temperatures to rise further, huge areas of the world will become uninhabitable and much of our coastline will make way for the rising seas. The prospect is terrifying.
The reason for the heating is the build-up of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane caused by burning fossil fuels or by rearing huge numbers of animals. We need to tackle this with ambitious plans to switch to green energy and to restore nature which can take carbon out of the atmosphere. And the government needs to do this as fast as possible. Britain is hosting the talks. It needs to be a world leader.
All sorts of groups around the country are gearing up to let people know about COP26. From street protests to a continuous prayer from now until November, from letter writing to MPs to a climate festival in the summer, groups are ready to take action.
Most people agree that this is a serious crisis and that the government is not doing enough to tackle this crisis. A recent survey by the Climate Coalition showed that Two-thirds of adults believe Government should do more to combat climate change and 60% agree that the UK should be a global leader on climate as it prepares to host these crunch talks.
Why we need to act
To influence politicians at and beyond COP26
To reach out to other groups
To normalise talk about the climate
To amplify voices from the Global South
To call for a just transition
To get specific policies like cutting fossil fuel use and climate finance
To demand justice
24 th July Young Christians’ Relay reaches Winchester. See below
1/2 October people on a march from Spain to Glasgow will be arriving in Portsmouth. Then 2/3 October they are staying in Southampton and 3/4 October to Winchester We need people to offer support and accommodation.
5/6 Nov National Day of Action
1 – 12 Nov – COP26 Summit in Glasgow
7-10 Nov The People’s Summit
Relay to COP26
The UK churches’ Relay to COP26, organised by the Young Christian Climate Network ( YCCN ) will pass through Winchester on July 24th/25th. YCCN want to see systematic change on a global and a local scale (more at https://www.yccn.uk/ ) They would welcome prople to walk with them
The Glasgow Action Plan highlights the five areas Prime Minister Boris Johnson must prioritise to get us on track to a cleaner, greener future. Before we host the world at COP 26 next November, the UK must get its house in order, and go further and faster to reach net zero as soon as possible:
Close the gap to 1.5°c:
Address loss and damage
Increase climate finance for adaptation
Scale up high quality nature-based solutions
Support a just energy transition
Unlock the green recovery to get on track to net zero
Relay to COP26 #RiseToTheMoment” is a 1000 mile relay walk of 18- to 35-year-olds from Cardiff Bay to Glasgow.
Extinction Rebellion will rebel on 23 August to refocus attention on the Emergency in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow.
The Climate Coalition is encouraging groups across the country to organise events in Great Big Green Week 18 – 26 September 2021. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too.
Climate Outreach has done lots of research into public attitudes to climate and how best to get the message over. They also find that most people are concerned but turning this into action needs different approaches. They argue strongly that individual action does have a knock-on effect and helps to create teh climate in which the governemtn will take the steps which are needed. There are useful resources including visual images on their website. Find out more here.
The Climate Coalition members have put together a joint statement and a Glasgow Action Plan. See their COP26 page
Their global demands are
Climate. Take unprecedented action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees
Nature Rapidly escalate the protection and restoration of nature globally
People Hold governments to their climate finance commitements and scale up this finance globally to support communities most affected by inequality and climate change.
Message to the PM
Don’t let us down, be a climate hero
Lead on the world stage and lead by example
Then they are working on a huge climate festival 18-26 September The Great Big Green Week and hope that there will be thousands of events around the country as well as big national ones.
The idea is for local communities to organise events like fairs, concerts, competitions, walks and cycle ridea, open days. So try and persiade lots of local groups to get things organised.
Most well-known organisations like Oxfam, Christian Aid, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth are part of this coalition so keep in touch with those you support.
The COP26 Coalition is another huge, global coalition aiming to get real action in Glasgow. Find out more here
They willl be organising lots of events in the lead up to November, including a day of action on 5/6 November and a People’s Summit on 7-10 November
Crack the crises. A large group of organisations (including the Climate Coalition) have come together to argue that with the world facing challenges such as Covid, injustice, climate change and nature crisis, UK decision-makers have an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership at home and abroad. So there is a new coalition to bring people together to tackle these crises by taking individual actions, by supporting others and by asking decision-makers to act. You can see a video here
Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund have organised a prayer without ceasing for the climate crisis in the lead up to COP 26. See more here
The Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit issues regular bulletins and is nowproducing a regular Road to Glasgow newsletter. Sign up here
The Fairtrade Foundation have just produced a new report with Green Alliance which challenges the government to take account of emissions produced outside the UK and will be campaigning on this in the lead up to COP26
A pack of resources for schools is being developed by the Fairtrade Foundation, WWF, the Climate Coalition, Oxfam, Global Action Plan, Christian Aid, Soil Association, Ashden, Young Climate Warriors, ZSL, Let’s Go Zero and InterClimate Network. The full pack will be available by 1st September 2021, but there are already materials available to download
One World Week is encouraging groups around the country to take action in the lead up to COP26 and there are useful resources on the website with a focus on children and their future.
For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.
We’ve always organised lots of events in SE Hants but in 2021, Fairtrade Fortnight will feel very different. We’re supporting the national events – see below – but we also have our own meeting on Monday 1st March, Climate, Fairtrade and You when Adam Gardner, Acting Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation will tell us how producers are being hit by climate change and how they are being helped by Fairtrade organisations. We’ve also chosen some videos so that you can hear directly from the producers. Do join us.
CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT THIS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT
In Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected. They have told us that:
Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now.
Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.
With more money through Fairtrade they feel more equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges posed by climate change.
The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.
With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change.
We’ve partnered with Guardian Live events to bring together Fairtrade farmers, environmental experts and climate writers to ask: how is the climate crisis affecting our global food supply and the people behind it?
This is a unique event designed to bring together Fairtrade campaigners and supporters from all around the UK. We’re inviting campaigners and supporters to come along, share a campaign or activity you’re proud of, a connection made, learn from others and go away inspired.
Join acclaimed Brighton based photographer Sean Hawkey as he talks us through some of the images in his latest book Faces of Fairtrade. Sean visited Fairtrade farmers all around the world, hearing their stories and taking photos to capture their lives. This event is sponsored by York Fair Trade Forum.
Bridgerton actor and Fairtrade Foundation Patron Adjoa Andoh is joined by digital artists, musicians, writers and other wonderfully creative people to discuss how creativity can be used to power up climate campaigning.
Join Haj Rafeeq Hussein, a Fairtrade olive farmer from the ancient village of Ti’innik, perched high on a terraced hill in Palestine’s West Bank. He will talk about how climate change brings uncertainty to the seasonal rainfall patterns which are crucial for a good crop and how Fairtrade offers a safety net.
In November, two hurricanes of unprecedented strength struck Nicaragua, a consequence of the climate crisis. Small-scale producers such as those from SOPPEXCCA, suffered the consequences of climate extremes for which they are least responsible. Join our webinar to find out about the impact of the hurricanes on the livelihoods of the producers, how trade justice through Fairtrade helped to mitigate the impact, and why trade and climate justice are inseparable.
Get tips on growing climate-friendly plants at home and sustainable cooking, and hear about some of the challenges presented by climate change as we’re joined by the Permaculture Association’s Chris Warburton Brown, Fairtrade tea growers from India and eco-chef, Tom Hunt.
There are lots of interesting things children can do at home or in school. There are lots of suggestions for activities plus an invitation to young people to share their vision of the world they want. The theme for 2021 is all about the climate emergency, the effects it’s already having on the people who produce our food and how Fairtrade organisations can help.To find out more about the call to young people to share their vision of the future they’d like to see, see here
MATERIALS AND IDEAS FOR FAITH GROUPS
There are lots of excellent reources on the Fairtrade Foundation website, written for different faiths. Why not include some prayers or a short video in a service ?
Host your own online meeting or event. This could be anything from a discussion space, a quiz, a talk… even an online coffee morning, cook along or crafting session.
You can sign the Climate Coalition’s Climate Declaration and tell your local MP or Council about your commitment to putting the voices of producers at the heart of the climate crisis fight. New press release templates to use are coming soon.
BUY FAIRTRADE PRODUCTS
Make sure you’re still putting Fairtrade products in your shopping basket.
You can buy Fairtrade goods in more or less all supermarkets plus specialist shops like Shop Equalityin Eastleigh and Wild Thymein Southsea
The Help Palestine Coop(which is local) sells a range of goods from Palestine like olive oil, dates, maftoul, almonds and freekeh and import hand crafted olive wood goods from Bethlehem and ceramics from Hebron. They will deliver in the local area and run stalls at lots of local events.
And tou can order lots of Fairtrade goods from Traidcraft. Most reps can’t run stalls at the moment but you can order from the Traidcraft shop
Share stories of how producers are doubly hit by COVID and the changing climate and why Fairtrade can make a difference.
HOW DOES FAIRTRADE SUPPORT FARMERS IN THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
Fairtrade is about social, economic and environmental justice. These are built into our standards and drive everything we do. A root cause of the inability to adapt to and mitigate climate change is poverty. More money in the hands of farmers is needed if they are to adapt and survive the climate crisis. Choosing Fairtrade fights for improvements in producers’ livelihoods with collective strength through co-ops and their bargaining power, the protection of a Minimum Price and Fairtrade Premiums.
In 2019, Fairtrade also launched an ambitious new living incomes campaign to lead the way to a sustainable future for cocoa farmers. A living income would provide farmers with a decent standard of living – enough to cover all their cocoa farming costs and enough to cover their basic human rights, like a nutritious diet, children’s education and healthcare. Only when they have met these basic needs can they start to meet the challenges of our changing climate.