• What is COP27? Where does Fairtrade come into it?

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    What is cop27?
    What is COP27?
    COP27 is the annual UN conference on climate change, intended to bring together world leaders to discuss and find solutions to the need to keep the global temperature from rising to dangerous levels. While it's undoubtedly important for the world to engage with the issues, there have been criticisms of this year's meeting.

    Criticism has ranged from the host country's record on human rights, to the morality of serving bottomless cocktails in the middle of an event where such serious issues might require a clear head, via the legitimate concern that those who are likely to be most impacted by climate change are not being included in discussions.

    The Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money that goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use -as they see fit -to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. It is driving real change, right now.It is democratically spent by farmers co-operatives. The Fairtrade Premium income had been used to support a range of priority community projects such as providing non GM seed kits, cotton storage facilities and supporting children’s education in India.
    Where does Fairtrade come into this?
    Fairtrade International represents some 1.9 million farmers worldwide who see first hand the devastating impact of climate change. Extreme  weather events that destroy crops or lower yields are destroying the livelihoods of farmers in low and middle income countries, but the farmers themselves, with their unique insight into the problems they are facing, are currently excluded from discussions about how any funds committed by higher income countries might be spent. If we are to build resilience into agriculture in the coming years, this has to change. Fast.
    Rigorous Fairtrade Standards support farmers to protect the environment. They uphold environmental standards promoting best agricultural practices that are sustainable, minimise risks and protect biodiversity. People Tree only ever work with organic cottonand natural fibres, ensuring there are no chemicals or hazardous pesticides; making your garments kinder on skin, but also preventing soil degradation and unsafe working conditions for our farmers
    Fairtrade has always been about the environment
    Rigorous Fairtrade Standards support farmers to protect the environment. They uphold environmental standards promoting best agricultural practices that are sustainable, minimise risks and protect biodiversity. This has been central to People Tree's mission since we were founded 31 years ago. 

    People Tree only ever work with organic cotton and natural or biodegradable fibres, ensuring there are no chemicals or hazardous pesticides; making your garments kinder on skin, but also preventing soil degradation and unsafe working conditions for our farmers. This isn't out of charity, but about taking responsibility for our impact on the world.

    There is a better way to do business, which is why we join with Fairtrade International in calling on world leaders to support fair and equitable labour in production, and to include farmers in finding the solutions our planet so desperately needs. 

    People Tree are proud to support Fairtrade: look for the logo
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