So, World Fair Trade Day is this Saturday, May 11. And you can bet there are a lot of events going on all over North America. It is, after all, the biggest fair trade of the year. There are celebrations planned in over 70 countries!
If you haven’t heard of it, World Fair Trade Day is a global awareness campaign started by the World Fair Trade Organization to help everyone, around the world, recognize the importance of fair trade. According to the WFTO, World Fair Trade Day is, “…a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.”
As you might imagine, the team here at Earth Divas is really excited about this.
So, how can you get involved and celebrate World Fair Trade Day? There are tons of ways to participate.
First, check out the Events Calendar at the WFTO website. They have a great list of some of the bigger events that are taking place state by state.
If you live near a Whole Foods, stop by their stores on Saturday; I’m pretty sure just about all of them have events planned. They’re also putting all their fair trade products on sale up to 25%. You can find out more on which fair trade products will be on sale here.
If there are no events going on in your area, then make it a goal to purchase one item that’s fair trade. I’m not a fan of buying stuff just to buy stuff…that doesn’t really help anyone! But if you need some sugar this weekend, why not try some fair trade sugar? If you have a craving for a chocolate bar, why not buy one that’s fair trade?
It might seem like a simple purchase, but I believe a subtle but important shift in energy takes place when you buy fair trade. Your actions say that you care about yourself, and you care about the Other as well. You’ll never see the woman who picked those cocoa beans, and you’ll never see the young man who harvested that sugar cane, but your purchase helps ensure they live a better life.
It IS just a purchase. But it’s a powerful purchase that, over time, will change the world.
So, get involved this weekend everyone! We are making a difference.
Filed under: Fair Trade News on May 8th, 2013