March 29, 2011
Wednesday 20th April 2011 – Oxford City Fairtrade Coalition
4.30 – 6pm
Town Hall, Jury Room.
Invited: All Coalition members. Guests and newcomers welcome.
Carol Wills will join via Skype if possible.
2. Minutes of the last meeting
3. World Fair Trade Day
3.1 – The WFTO have asked us to provide a message for World Fair Trade Day
4. Feedback from Fairtrade Fortnight
5. Renewal of Fairtrade Towns Status
6. Funding proposals (Tim)
7. European Seminar (Mike)
8. Any Other Business
March 12, 2011
Campaigners from across Oxford and Oxfordshire came together in the centre of Oxford today to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight by wrapping Fairtrade Cotton bunting around key landmarks.
As we gathered together lengths of bunting decorated by schools, churches and community groups from across the county we heard from David McCullough, Trading Director of Oxfam, about the importance of Fairtrade Cotton. With the value of total annual cotton imports to the UK outstripping the value of all food imports put together – cotton is a key commodity for Fairtrade growth. Right now, Fairtrade cotton is still at the early stages of it’s development, with NGOs and Businesses working together to make sure cotton can be traced right from the small co-operatives where sustainable, low-pesticide Fairtrade cotton is farmed, right through into finished garments. David reported on the importance of the ‘triple bottom line’, economic development, social development and environmental sustainability that an increased focus on Fairtrade cotton can bring. Cotton is sure to be a topic that the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition focus on more over the coming year.
We were also led in song by Rachel Smith (@oxfordsing) before we took to the streets to display bunting on key Oxford landmarks.
The photos below are the picture I managed to take on my phone, but we were also joined by two fantastic photographers from the Oxford Flickr Group, whose far more professional shots will be shared online soon. If you made some bunting – check out to see if you can see your creations.
We’re hoping the bunting we’ve gathered will get a few more outings in Oxford (not least with bunting made by churches heading off to the local synod later this month), before it is all collected together to be sent to the Fairtrade Foundation to form part of their world record breaking attempt in Brussels to create the longest ever bunting string, and to send a clear message about the importance of Fairtrade, and the unfairness of EU Cotton Subsidies, to European decision makers.
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March 4, 2011
We made a fantastic start yesterday on preparing bunting for the Fairtrade Landmarks Event on the 12th March with a bunting making workshop at the Quaker Meeting House, organised as part of Oxford International Women’s Festival.
Thanks to everyone who came along and took part – getting creative with Fairtrade Cotton and exploring the impact that Fairtrade has on producers around the world, particularly on Women who make up a majority of the beneficiaries of Fairtrade.
March 1, 2011
Thanks to Patricia Wright, Oxford Fair Trade Coalition is linking up with the Oxford International Women’s Festival this Thursday for a shared bunting making event.
Thursday 3rd March: Wrap Oxford in Fairtrade Bunting
Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW
5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Entrance: Free (donations). All Welcome.
Learn how Fairtrade helps women to better incomes, health and education. Make Fairtrade bunting for your home, school, or church. Some fabrics provided, or BYO, including scissors, staplers and thread. Drinks and Fairtrade nibbles on offer. Collection to cover expenses.
Organiser: Oxford Fairtrade Coalition; Contact: Patricia Wright 01865 249235 or Warden 01865 557373