Our birthday card delivered to the Lord Mayor

To celebrate our 18th birthday as a Fairtrade City, Imaan Hussain from Greenmount Primary School presented a birthday card to the Lord Mayor, Councillor Asghar Khan at Leeds Civic Hall. Imaan had won the competition to design the birthday card. We hope that Leeds City Council will help us promote Fairtrade in the City of Leeds for many years to come.

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The winner of our birthday card competition

We are delighted to announce the winner of our 18th birthday card competition. Congratulations to Imaan Hussain who made this lively design. We had 60 entries, and 5 were highly commended. Imaan’s design will now be printed and sent to the Lord Mayor of Leeds, all the Leeds Councillors and the Leeds MPs.

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Fairtrade Fortnight at Royds Academy

Pupils at Royds Academy buying Fairtrade snacks at the Grab and Go stall. Royds Academy had a very successful Fairtrade Fortnight. In addition to a Tombola stall they held a raffle and sold more than 300 raffle tickets. Well done to everyone who took part.

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Celebrate our 18th birthday with us

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Marples Sweet Shop

Horsforth is a Fairtrade town and at the top of Town Street (number 118) you’ll find Marples Sweet shop. It’s stuffed full of super buys for Christmas including a lovely stock of Fairtrade chocolates which would make ideal Christmas presents.

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Staying in Leeds on the way to COP26

This is Pushpanath Krishnamurthy who is a climate activist. He is on his way to COP26. On the way he stopped over in Leeds. He “took the knee” in Millenium Square and met with other activists in the Oxfam Bookshop in Headingley. He also met Alex Sobel MP for Leeds NW and had a good conversation about climate change.

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Climate Action Leeds

Sorry folks, we’re a bit late with this but there are some really interesting events still to go to, see http://www.climateactionleeds.org.uk/launch

Don’t miss the Zoom meeting on Thursday 14th October from 7 – 8pm . Topic is Climate Policies of the North.

As Fairtraders we all are well aware that our carbon footprint extends to all the countries we rely on for our food. By helping farmers in developing countries to adapt, by buying Fairtrade products, we are helping them to cope with a changing climate. That means that while we live in Leeds, we try to limit our impact on the earth, both in our city and world wide.

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Great Big Green Week

The GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK begins on Saturday 18th September and lasts till 26th September .

Large numbers of people are getting busy to show their leaders that they want immediate action to combat climate change throughout the world. They want the wealthy countries to help the less developed countries.

We Fairtraders know only too well the problems that farmers in the developing world are coping with. We also know that everytime we buy something with the Fairtrade mark, we are helping farmers to earn a living wage and also have the knowhow to protect their crops.

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Our New Banner

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We’re very proud of our banner. Hopefully we can use it at venues in the summer.

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learning about cotton

Leeds DEC http://leedsdec.co.uk had a wonderful morning with Year 2 pupils at Bramley St Peters in March, just the second day after the children were back in school after lockdown. The pupils learnt about the Journey of cotton and how Fairtrade can benefit farmers, as part of their topic on plants. The children were delighted to meet surprise guest Girrafacita the West African giraffe, who introduced children to everyday products that contain cotton (including her new sun hat!) The children finished the workshop by creating their own sock puppets to re-tell the cotton story.

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