Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media – Spring 2017
Our campaigns have been making great progress all over the country, and getting a lot of media attention for it! From newly declared Fair Trade campaigns to Fair Trade educational events, there’s a lot of good news to share.
Academy of Our Lady of Peace, January 25, 2017
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace proudly announces its designation as the 29th Fair Trade School in the US and the 1st Fair Trade High School in San Diego, California. Because OLP strives to help create ‘environmental’ and ‘global citizens’, in the words of the author, “Becoming a Fair Trade school allows us to take the next steps towards our mission on an institutional level.” Read more
The Fair Trade Committee at SUNY Geneseo teamed up with a student org called Hippies for Hope and Geneseo Late Knight’s to host a “Tying It All Together” event. The event spread awareness about Fair Trade while they listened to music, ate Fair Trade food, and made their own tie-dye pillowcases. Read more
Moraine Park Technical College, March 3, 2017
In May 2015, Fair Trade Colleges and Universities USA designated Moraine Park as the first Fair Trade Technical College in the United States. … This designation was originally awarded through a service-learning project of Social Science Instructor Brenda Schaefer’s ethics course. Moraine Park continues to support the principles of fair trade by hosting educational events and by offering selected Fair Trade Certified products in the cafeterias and bookstores at all three campuses. The students and staff involved in this project are able to utilize their skills and talents in various program areas. Read more
Daily Bruin, March 9, 2017
Spending a few cents extra on fair trade will support workers earning a livable wage and sustainable farming practices, which are important for the world’s environment and economy. Making the shift from standard products to fair trade products could have a resounding impact, encouraging society to push for fair practices. Supporting the fair trade cause at UCLA will reinforce solidarity for a movement that wants to make sure workers don’t live in poverty and that farming practices won’t have lasting negative impacts. Read more
The Torch, March 22, 2017
Three years of hard work by the St. John’s Fair Trade Committee has been rewarded by their becoming a declared Fair Trade University. Professor Sean Murrary, co-chair of the committee, calls this: “a key step in promoting conscious consumer practices and discussions on our campus.” Read more
The Lantern, April 1, 2017
Ohio State University’s Undergraduate Student Government held a Sustainability Fashion Showcase where students walked the runway in the latest and greatest eco-friendly looks. Students hoped to generate a new trend to showcase clothing that is affordable, stylish, and Fair Trade certified. Read more
The Spectator, April 5, 2017
An enlightening spring break trip to Nicaragua inspired students at Seattle University to become a Fair Trade University and launch initiatives to effectively support coffee farmers. One project is spearheaded by a company on campus called Cafe Ambiental, which buys coffee directly from farmers and donates all the profit to provide scholarships for their children. Read more
Index-Journal, April 5, 2017
A lesson on modern slavery inspired students at Emerald High School to sell Fair Trade coffee to students and staff before school, and donate the profits back to Free the Slaves and Fair Trade. One student says they plan to ‘help end slavery around the world’. Read more
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, April 12, 2017
A team of students at Middlebury worked with staff to secure its designation in about 8 months. The committee leader, Celina Lima, noted that; “MIIS was already doing all of these things – we just had to to connect the dots”. Read more
Penn State News, April 27, 2017
Penn State Brandywine’s Civic and Community Engagement Office sponsored its 2nd annual Social Justice Fair this year, which included speakers, activities, and art exhibits to educate students about many social causes. They offered Fair Trade goods at booths and giveaways, and gave students the opportunity to swap an old T-shirt for a new Fair Trade one. Read more
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