As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, here is one last chance to buy Traidcraft Goods in Ludlow:
We were deeply saddened to hear the news that Traidcraft PLC, the original fair trade pioneers, have gone in to administration after 40 years of championing trade justice. Many members of the Ludlow Fairtrade Town Group have been part of Traidcraft Plc since the very beginning, making their range of beautiful, ethical products available to the Ludlow community and spreading the important message about trade justice. To hear that Traidcraft Plc is no longer trading, is the end of an era. It is now up to us, along with organisations such as the Fairtrade Foundation, Transform Trade, World Fair Trade Organisation and others to continue Traidcraft’s life-changing work and build on the incredible legacy they have left. We can choose fairly traded products, stand up for the rights of small scale farmers, producers and artisans, and work together to make trade fair.
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Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 is happening 27 February – 12 March 2023
Choose Fairtrade now and help save our favourite foods.
Climate change is making crops such as tea, cocoa, coffee and bananas harder and harder to grow. Combined with extremely unfair trade, communities growing these crops are being pushed to the brink.
But choosing Fairtrade, means extra income, power, and support for those communities. If they are paid fairly, farmers and communities have the financial means to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change they are experiencing now and build sustainable futures.
Choose Fairtrade and help people and planet and at the same time help save everyday foods and treats like chocolate, bananas and a hot cuppa tea or coffee!
Look out for Fairtrade activities, events and displays in Ludlow over the Fortnight and remember to stock up on Fairtrade products now and every time you shop.
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Ludlow 21 member Sarah has set up Knit Zero, a new sustainable fibre-crafting group. Sarah is a former textile crafts tutor and hopes others will join her to share practical skills for climate resilience, as well as patterns, ideas, cake, etc.
Sarah says, “There are so many climate-conscious reasons for using repurposed or locally-produced fibres to handcraft garments (which can be just as warm and much more attractive than fast-fashion alternatives)”
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Ludlow 21’s Sustainable Transport Group have responded to Shropshire Council’s proposed revision to their policy under the Education Act 1996 covering unsafe walking routes for schoolchildren. Shropshire Council are asking this because they want to identify hazardous routes where free transport is needed for eligible children. While the Sustainable Transport Group agree that identifying hazardous routes is an excellent initiative, the reasons for Shropshire Council doing so are incorrect.
The Government has identified ‘Active Travel’ as a way of reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging a healthier lifestyle and so, rather than increasing the number of bus journeys, we should be providing safe walking/cycling routes from home to school for all our children to provide exercise and social interaction. Also, since many of the routes are made hazardous because of the volume or speed of traffic, a reduction in both would help to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.
The date for this year’s Ludlow Green Festival is now confirmed as Sunday 9th July. Make a note in your diaries!
To get the ball rolling, the first Green Festival planning meeting will be held on Tuesday 31st January, 7.30pm in the upstairs room at the Rose & Crown. All welcome – previous volunteers and new faces! Please come along if you have ideas, suggestions, or would like to get more involved in the running of the Green Festival.
Volunteer needed for stall bookings To ensure the smooth running of the Green Festival we are looking for a new volunteer to take on the co-ordination of stall bookings. The role involves communicating with stallholders, sending out booking forms, recording bookings, ensuring all the correct paperwork is in place, and helping to draw up a plan of stall locations. Please get in touch if you are interested.
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The first Green Drinks of the new year is coming up this Saturday 21st January, from 7.30pm at the Blue Boar. Hope to see you there!
PS – if you’ve ever wanted to get more involved in organising Green Drinks, now’s your chance! We need a volunteer (or two) to take on the role of Green Drinks co-ordinator. This would involve keeping in contact with the Blue Boar to check on opening times/room availability etc, planning some discussion topics and activities for Green Drinks nights, and generally being a friendly face to welcome new people attending on the night. If you think this could be you, or you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch.
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