29th February 2020

ODE to EARTH

Price: £Free, donations welcome

Bradford on Avon Fairtrade Group invite you to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 with an evening of video and song entitled ‘ODE to EARTH’.

Doors will open at 6.45 pm, for Fairtrade stalls, hot drinks and of course delicious Fairtrade cakes. The concert will commence at 7.30pm.

During the evening we will watch some real life stories of Fairtrade farmers and campaigners and how climate change is affecting them.

The White Doves Peace Choir who perform songs of peace, love and global harmony will perform and all present will be able to join in singing ‘ODE to EARTH’, with words specially written by Paul Baker Hernandez, (campaigner, musician and story teller from Nicaragua),  to be sung to the tune of ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven.

We plan to record the song and send it to Paul who was originally planning to be with us in person but sadly illness has prevented him from travelling. We also plan to show a video he has made about his music, his campaigns and his vision for the world.

ENVIRONMENT.

Environmental protection is a key element of Fairtrade’s view of sustainability. Fairtrade Standards require smallholder farmer and larger hired labour production set-ups to comply in key areas. The Standards also promote training for farmers, which can include advice on switching to environmentally friendly practices. This has been shown to lead to good agricultural practices, which have encouraged environmentally sustainable production. The Standards also guide producers in adapting to climate change and mitigate their impact.

FAIRTRADE AND CLIMATE JUSTICE.

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 Fairtrade Standards. They are already taking steps to tackle climate change.