St Peter's Church are proud to have Fairtrade Church status. This means that wherever possible we use Fairtrade products and share Fairtrade information with our congregation. We also engage with Fairtrade campaigns and have integrated Fairtrade into the life out our church.
For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks. mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.
For Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we highlighted the growing challenges that climate change brings to
farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and
Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate
change, are disproportionately affected by it.
They have told us that Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now. Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back. Only with more money will they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges they face from climate change.
The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 looked a little different for us in Frimley as it fell right at the time that we were saying Goodbye to our Rector. Instead of our usual Fairtrade Fortnight activities, we held a Fairtrade stall at our Spring Sale and in Church the following Sunday.