Bristol is European Green Capital in 2015; the 9th International Fair Trade Towns Conference will focus on being green and being fair – how Fair Trade works to protect the environment, works with farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change and supports sustainable food production.
To demonstrate how Fair Trade is an important part of local and global sustainability plans and commitments, leading to increased Fair Trade purchasing around the world.
Demonstrating the strong relationship between Fair Trade and the green agenda, some of the key leaders in the movement, alongside a Fairtrade Gold miner from Africa, will provide new insights into how Fair Trade works to protect the environment. This includes support provided to farmers to enable them to adapt to the effects of climate change and develop sustainable farming methods, as well as analysis of the post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Conference will model the highest standards of sustainability; the venue has cutting-edge environmentally friendly credentials, public transport will be used whenever possible and all food and drink will be sourced ethically.
Bristol’s Mayor, George Ferguson said:
“I am absolutely delighted that Bristol has been chosen to host the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in 2015. The city has a long history of supporting ethical and sustainable trade…. something which I fervently support.”
The majority of those attending are likely to come from Europe, with the US, Japan and Brazil amongst the wider emerging Fairtrade markets expected to be represented.
Bristol and South West Fairtrade Coordinator, Jenny Foster, said: ‘The 9th International Fair Trade Towns Conference in Bristol will be the best yet. As well as Bristol being the 2015 European Green Capital, it’s also our 10 Year Anniversary as a Fairtrade City. We can’t wait to welcome Fairtrade supporters from around the world to explore the importance of the fair and green agenda.‘
Check out the programme here.