Global Fair Trade movement statement for COP26
We are signatories to a statement that puts the case that the international community must confront trade injustice, enforce transparency and accountability in supply chains, and secure climate financing mechanisms, living incomes and wages for the world’s smallholder agricultural producers, artisans and workers in order to successfully address the climate crisis and guarantee a sustainable future for all.
“When delegates to COP26 gather in Scotland in a few weeks’ time, they need to put trade justice at the centre of the discussions about climate. The response to the climate emergency needs to be environmental, social and economic. The world won’t create a truly effective plan to tackle the climate emergency unless it deals with the ways business and trade is carried out.”
Martin Rhodes, Chief Executive
The Glasgow Climate Dialogues
From representatives from civil society organisations in the Global South, members of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (of which we are a member) and representatives of the Scottish Government’s COP26 team, the Glasgow Climate Dialogues were designed to engage with, learn from and platform key Global South stakeholders on climate change ahead of COP26. With the Global South disproportionately affected by the adverse impacts of climate change we must hear the voices of people from the Global South at COP26.
The Dialogues provide valuable inputs to COP26 negotiations on Access, Participation and Voice; Adaptation and Resilience; Loss and Damage; and Just Transition.
Find out more about the Dialogues and download the communiqué.
Watch Glasgow Climate Dialogues.
Our Climate Our Future: Free COP26 Schools Resources
Created by Twinkl in partnership with WWF, Fairtrade Schools and partners, this free resource pack was created to bring the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) into the classroom in an easy and accessible way for teachers and children.
Included are all the resources you will need to introduce and reinforce the significance of climate change, COP26, and the role of schools in shaping the future, with customised age-appropriate resources provided for ages 5 to 16.
Download the Teacher’s Guide to get started.
Download the full Our Climate Our Future pack of resources.
More about the impact of Climate Change on Farmers, Producers and Workers
Key workers at the start of many supply chains are struggling.
Farmers of crops such as tea, coffee and cocoa are still being paid poorly for their produce and work. On top of that, they face low pay, volatile market prices and rising production costs.
Workers who make our products and clothes also face low wages and dangerous conditions. They have little power in the multimillion-pound supply chains they supply to.
Covid-19 has exacerbated these inequalities by slowing business activity and pushing families already struggling to make ends meet further into poverty.
But more worryingly, alongside the coronavirus crisis and market challenges, the climate crisis is wreaking havoc on their livelihoods.
Farmers tell us that they are feeling the effects of climate change now with freak weather, extreme rainfall, prolonged dry seasons and increasing prevalence of plant diseases all affecting their crops and therefore their income. A farmer from a Fair Trade cooperative in Malawi told us:
‘Climate change means there are now seasons when the harvest fails. If this happens the immediate impact is hunger for the already vulnerable families’.
Fairtrade coffee farmer, Bayardo Betanco of the Prodecoop co-operative in Nicaragua, said:
‘There is a chain on earth that starts where the producers are. They are the ones who suffer the consequences of climate change, the ones who get the least help, and carry all of the burden. It’s not fair.’
To rub salt into the wound, we know that countries such as Malawi and Nicaragua have contributed very little to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change compared to more industrialised nations such as the UK.
Here in Scotland, as a nation of people which has come to love tea, coffee, bananas and cocoa – and as part of a nation which sources many other foods from overseas, these crises will affect us too. If we don’t take action now, availability of products such as coffee could decline to the extent that they become luxury items or completely unavailable to us.
- As much as 50% of global land currently used for coffee farming may no longer be suitable
- Adverse climate conditions will trigger a drastic decline in bananas yields in 10 countries
- Many regions in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, who produce over half the world’s cocoa, will become too hot to grow the crop.
- As much as 50% of global land currently used for coffee farming
Now more than ever, we need to ensure that farmers receive fair pay, prices, and have power to make their own choices, meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges posed by climate change.
Now more than ever, we need Fair Trade
In Scotland, we can do more. We can ensure that more money reaches farmers and workers through Fair Trade. We can also ensure that the burden of responsibility and regulation is not placed on already vulnerable communities.
We, in richer, industrialised nations and as contributors to climate change, must also take and urge urgent action to drive down emissions. That is why we supported the Fairtrade Foundation’s call to the UK government to stop dumping our emissions on poorer countries and ensure the government’s trade policy helps, not hinders, the path to net zero.
Whilst the idea of radically and urgently changing the way we do business and trade to respond to the climate emergency and build back better may seem like an overwhelming challenge, we know it must be done.
“The protection of the environment and longterm viability of natural resources and biodiversity are fundamental pillars of Fair Trade”. International Fair Trade Charter
The Fair Trade model provides a framework on which to build for that new way of working. It is an example of how we can trade and do business with the interest of people and our planet at its heart.
Read our blog: No Climate Justice Without Trade Justice.
What can you do?
- Tell others about the Global Fair Trade Movement statement for COP26 and the Glasgow Climate Dialogues
- Ask your MSP to sign our Fair Trade Pledge.
- Watch and share our Fair Trade and Climate Change animation Wake Up and Taste The Coffee.
- Get involved in COP26 and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
- Check out the Climate Fringe
- Get involved with Fair Trade
- Become a Fair Trade Finder
- Buy Fair Trade