From the Diocesan News Service:
Glasgow & Galloway has now been declared an official Fairtrade Diocese.
It means more than 50% of our churches are Fairtrade Churches and we are also an active diocese when it comes to promoting fair trade, especially during Fairtrade Fortnight.
There are now about 6,000 Fairtrade Churches in the UK and we join the Dioceses of Aberdeen, Brechin and Edinburgh as Fairtrade dioceses in the Scottish Episcopal Church.
Over seven million people in 59 developing countries, farmers, workers and their families, benefit from the added income, security and market awareness which selling to the Fairtrade market provides.
This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs till 7 March. The theme is ‘The Big Swap’, the aim being to get people to swap their usual brands of goods for Fairtrade ones.
More than 4,500 Fairtrade products are now licensed in the UK so there is plenty of scope to swap your tea, coffee, biscuits, sugar, cotton T-shirts or even cotton underwear!
Said Revd Ian Barcroft, convenor of Glasgow & Galloway’s Church in Society Action Network: “It would be great to have masses of fair-trade tea parties and coffee mornings across the diocese this year.”
More information about Fairtrade here