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Movement – Fairtrade Towns

Posted in Models, Movements by fedwards on July 4th, 2007

Sustainable Cities consist of many different aspects – they contain aspects of cities that are “healthy”, “walkable”, “liveable”, represent “transition towns” or more. Another factor which could contribute towards a sustainable city is the Fairtrade Towns movement.

In May 2000, Garstang in Lancashire, UK, declared itself the world’s “first Fairtrade Town“. A Fairtrade Town is a community that has made the commitment to support Fairtrade and its associated support of disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world. The Fairtrade Towns has campaign caught the imagination of local people, the interest of politicians, and has made headlines with 242 Fairtrade Towns declared since 2000.

To become a Fairtrade Town (or any other populated area), 5 goals must be met:
1. The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in offices and canteens.
2. A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafés and catering establishments (targets are set in relation to population)
3. Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places (estate agents, hairdressers etc) and community organisations (churches, schools etc)
4. Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign
5. A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status.

Support and further information is available if you wish to join the Fairtrade Town movement. Visit the Fairtrade website for more details.

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