Sainsbury’s is the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK. They have decided to abandon the Fairtrade certification on some of their own-brand tea products in favour of their own scheme called ‘Fairly Traded’. African tea farmers oppose this move as they are concerned that they will no longer have any say in the running of the scheme, or get to decide where the money raised by the scheme should be invested. CAFOD is campaigning to try and get Sainsbury’s to reinstate the Fairtrade certification.
Libia Rolden and Rev. Michael Hynes man Lydia’s Fairtrade Stall at St Anne’s, Chertsey
CAFOD supporter Libia Rolden has decided to get involved with the Fairtrade campaign. She has obtained 65 signatories on a petition asking Sainsbury’s to reconsider its decision. She has also set up a monthly Fairtrade stall at St Anne’s church in Chertsey and plans to take her stall to other parishes in the area. CAFOD supporters in Godalming, Worthing and Thames Ditton have also joined the campaign, by protesting outside their local Sainsbury’s.
If you want to get involved, click here to find out more about what action you can take.
Martin Brown Community Participation Coordinator for CAFOD
I was recently interviewed by someone doing a research project on the approach and attitude of churches towards climate change. It was a very interesting set of questions and the most was left for the end: ‘What really makes the difference between a church being active or not?’
During the interview we talked about different priorities that different Christians or Catholics have and how high ‘care of creation’ ranks in those priorities.
We talked about Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Si’ (on the care of our common home), his call to action and how he joins together the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. We talked about how one of the chapters is called ‘The Gospel of Creation’ – how God is revealed to us in creation and how creation itself is a good thing. We talked about how this Gospel is under threat and how strongly we would act if humanity were gradually cutting bits out of the Gospel according to John or Matthew.