Thought for the Week

Each week we have a ‘Thought for the Week’, a special theme on which our work, worship and daily activity is focused.

Thought for the Weeek

26th February 2018

‘Do not exploit the poor because they are poor’ Proverbs 22:22

26th February marks the start of Fairtrade Fortnight 2018. Our thought for the week makes a Christian link to the work of Fairtrade in ensuring the poor are not exploited in the 21st century.

What is Fairtrade? With Fairtrade, you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices, you can get farmers a better deal. Moreover, that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves. They support small-scale farmers and workers who are marginalised from trade in a variety of ways and carefully monitor the impact of Fairtrade on these communities.

What can you do?

You can find out where your food comes from. You can ask the question; is it sourced from ethical providers who give a fair wage to the farmers who provide it? Why does this matter?

You can find out more about the work that Fairtrade does to support farmers across the globe and where you can buy Fairtrade products.

Reflection and discussion:

How much, can we as consumers, influence the wages and conditions of farmers across the globe?

What is our responsibility, as consumers when making decisions about the products we buy?

Resources:

The Power is in your hands – you could look at this link and select a product or products to see what choice you have in buying fair trade products.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Buying-Fairtrade

A Fair Story is a short film showing the journey Fairtrade products go on, the choice we have and how Fairtrade empowers the farmers and workers who grow the products. 1.31mins

https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/a-fair-story/

A day I life of Chifundo. His parents are Fairtrade sugar farmers. Find out more about what life is like for children like Chifundo, and how Fairtrade is having an impact on his life. 3 mins

https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/2257/

Make Bananas Fair. Foncho, a banana farmer from Colombia and see how Fairtrade makes a real difference to the lives of Foncho, his family and their community. 3.30mins

https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/make-bananas-fair-a-film-for-schools/

A short film introducing the topic of Fairtrade cotton 1.13mins

https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/resource/look-for-the-label-fairtrade-cotton/