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This year, Fairtrade Fortnight falls between the 23th of February and the 8th of March.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.

And it’s your opportunity to connect with the people who grow the produce that we all depend on. Here at the University, we celebrate that Lincoln is a Fairtrade City and we will be showcasing what Fairtrade is and how you can get involved during Fairtrade Fortnight. The University of Lincoln is working towards getting a Fairtrade University status.

 

On the 4th of March 2015, we are hosting a film screening of Film Matters by the Fairtrade Foundation. Along with this, there will be a keynote speaker, Tim Gutteridge (COO of Fairtrade Foundation), discussion on Vietnam & Fairtrade, a Fairtrade craft stall and Fairtrade wine tasting.

Here is the link to sign up for the event – EventBrite Event

More information about the fortnights events are to follow!

 

 

Why is Fairtrade Important? By choosing to buy Fairtrade items, over 1million workers in 58 of the poorest countries of the world get a fairer deal. It also helps them to improve their communities by making money available to ensure clean water, build school and health centres, and for them to have better control of their lives.

 

Over recent years the University of Lincoln has been a keen supporter of People & Planet as an organisation and their “Universities Green League” (now University League) in particular. The Green League has promoted sustainability in the Higher Education sector and their work on sweatshops and the fossil free campaign has been informative and inspiring.

However, along with many other sector bodies and Higher Education Institutions we have had increasing concerns that the areas covered in the Green League no longer fully represent sustainability in a modern university.

Through-out the summer of 2014 there was extensive debate within the Higher Education sustainability sector over the Green League. The Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC) and the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) both held surveys of their members to gather views on the Green League. The results were published in the following link:

www.eauc.org.uk/results_of_the_eauc_member_poll_on_the_2014_gre

Following communications between EAUC, AUDE and People & Planet the following joint statement was issued by EAUC & AUDE

http://www.eauc.org.uk/people_planet_green_league

As a result of the issues highlighted by AUDE and EAUC the University did not to submit a response to People & Planet in 2014. The University plans to work with AUDE, EAUC, other HEIs and People & Planet to improve the Green League for future years and ensure that it remains as a driver to sustainability in the HE Sector.

Cargill Lecture Theatre – 6.30pm, Wednesday 14th January 2015.

 

The University’s Environment Team invites you to a screening of ‘Thin Ice’ – a documentary film following geologist Simon Lamb on a search to understand the science behind climate change. This is achieved by traveling the world and meeting a range of scientists, from biologists to physicists, who are investigating the climate.

If you’d like to find out more about the film, visit thiniceclimate.org.

 

This is a FREE event open to all!