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Durham University


Fairtrade Fortnight

The Fairtrade Foundation Launches Virtual Climate Festival

What: Virtual festival to highlight how the climate crisis will affect the future of our food


When: 22nd Feb – 7th March

Cost: Free admission. Optional donation towards helping farmers fight the effects of climate change.

Marking the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade Foundation is set to unveil its first-ever Choose the World You Want Festival, a series of virtual events designed to highlight how the climate crisis will affect the future of our food and those who produce it.

The festival will be crammed with inspiring panel discussions, acts and workshops, plus an outstanding line-up that will engage, inform and educate people around the urgent message of Fairtrade and climate change.

Taking place between 22 February and 7 March, it will feature collaborations between the Fairtrade Foundation and some of the UK’s top retailers, chefs and high-profile names in the world of food and sustainability.

Despite contributing the least to the climate crisis, the farmers who produce some of our favourite foods – like cocoa for chocolate, our morning coffee and that firm favourite, bananas – are among the world’s most vulnerable to the climate emergency and its harmful effects such as extreme weather, natural disasters, hunger and disease.

Durham Retail – Fairtrade Discount

Durham Retail now has 10% off all Fairtrade items throughout Fairtrade fortnight! Visit the website here Fairtrade at Durham University Official Shop and use the code FAIRTRADEFORTNIGHT2021.

Other Fairtrade Events

Fairtrade Debate: - 3rd March 3pm – 4.30pm

Fairtrade Debate - Join our student debate society who will be challenging the discussion around, Fairtrade is a minor consideration when it comes to climate change. With special guest Chair Sophi Tranchell. Audience participation for Q&A. Hosted by Middlesex University on behalf of the Fairtrade University Network, register online here.

Fairtrade Fortnight: Fairtrade, the climate crisis and engagement.

Join Nilufar Verjee, Director of Public Engagement at Fairtrade Foundation, who will present to us on the interconnectedness of climate change, Covid-19 and Fairtrade, plus give us some top tips on how to engage others in these complicated, global challenges. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A, hosted by Bournemouth University on behalf of the Fairtrade University Network and the EAUC, register here.

Fairtrade Activities

Share your vision for the world you want...

Young people between the ages of 5 and 25 are invited to share their vision of the world they want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share. Create your vision for the world you want, for the planet and everything on it, to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2021. Share your artwork, poem, prose or film for a chance for your work to be exhibited in the online Youth Exhibition at the ‘Choose the world you want’ festival between 22 February and 7 March 2021. Email your vision masterpiece to with the subject line CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT stating your name and age in the email. Submit your vision by March 1 2020.

Or hold a Fairtrade Competition...

Holding a zoom quiz night soon? Why not test your fairtrade knowledge with this Fairtrade Quiz. Or throw your own virtual fairtrade bake-off and you see who can include the most fairtrade ingredients in their baking.

For more ideas and resources visit Fairtrade Foundation Resources.