25 February 2013
A Birmingham curate is launching a twitter campaign to encourage
churchgoers to "snap up" fairtrade items being sold in their area
and share on twitter during Fairtrade Fortnight.
The Rev David Edgerton, @knowlecurate, has been trying a
different fairtrade chocolate bar every day throughout Lent. He is
using the Fortnight to tweet about his local fairtrade discoveries
and is encouraging others to do the same using the hashtag
"I've been working in partnership with local shops to encourage
them to offer a wider choice of Fairtrade products. If we all
started tweeting during Fairtrade fortnight when we spotted
fairtrade goods, this would encourage more goods on the
David is also running an awareness evening at Knowle parish
church with speakers from Cadbury, based in the diocese, explaining
why the company support fairtrade and what it means in
Fairtrade Fortnight initiatives will be held across the CofE's
16,000 churches and 44 dioceses.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said:'I'm proud to be
supporting this year's Fairtrade Fortnight to plead with the
government to do more for small hold farmers. I'm delighted to be
sending my paper avatar to join thousands of others for Fairtrade's
march on Parliament during Fairtrade Fortnight.'
St Paul's Cathedral in London is marking the Fortnight with a
display of a model of the Cathedral made from Faitrade products and
packaging, on display at the West end of the building.
Exeter diocese is launching Heavenly Recipes an ebook of
fairtrade recipes from Devon using locally produced food to
celebrate the Fortnight.
Manchester diocese is hosting its first Sustainability
Exhibition with a range of of stalls, seminars, networking and
ideas to mark the Fortnight while Oxford diocese has a dedicated
fairtrade section on its website with a parish pledge form and easy
to follow instructions on becoming a fairtrade church.
The Bishop of Burnley and Acting Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Revd
John Goddard, is calling on Lancashire to support The Real Easter
Egg campaign for 2013 and help change a life to mark Fairtrade
Knowle Parish Church http://www.kpc.org.uk/