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Going bananas and getting creative for Fairtrade Fortnight!

Bananas are a hot topic as this years Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February to 9th March) centered around the campaign to make bananas fair. Lewisham got into the swing of things with a number of events throughout the fortnight including a supper at the Catford Canteen, discussions by banana farmers at both Goldsmiths University and the Horniman Museum. Lewisham schools also got on board with Kilmorie school hosting a Banana themed Fairtrade breakfast and cake sale and the boroughs Clean & Green schools took part in a Fairtrade poster competition.

A Fairtrade banana tells people about the plight of the banana farmers at at Horniman Park.

A Fairtrade banana tells people about the plight of the banana farmers at Horniman Park.

Prices for bananas has been driven lower because of a price war from supermarkets to entice shoppers by offering the fruit cheaply. The effect of this has been to push the price paid to the banana producers to 40% less over the last ten years at a time when the cost of producing bananas has increased. This not only has a detrimental effect on the wages and working conditions for farmers but encourages them to intensify banana production. Environmental problems such as soil exhaustion and increased water use also have the potential to effect the land.

Leona Garrick of St Winifreds Catholic Infant School with teacher Mrs Abbs and Councillor Susan Wise

Leona Garrick of St Winifreds Catholic Infant School with teacher Mrs Abbs and Councillor Susan Wise

Leona Garrick produced this years winning poster design which will be seen out and about in the borough on one of our recycling vehicles! For more information about Fairtrade, please visit: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/business/Pages/Fairtrade.aspx


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Lewisham schools sculpture a ‘London Landmark’ to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight which ran from 25th Feb to 10th March, schools in Lewisham who are on the Clean & Green programme were asked to take part in a competition to make a sculpture out of Fairtrade packaging of a famous landmark in London.

Fairtrade fortnight is an annual campaign event, run to raise awareness of Fairtrade products. Choosing to buy Fairtrade products ensures that producers get a guaranteed price which covers the cost of production. This means farmers have more control over their lives and are able to plan for their future knowing that they are bringing in a certain level of income.

Cllr Susan Wise with first prize winner Lottie.

Cllr Susan Wise with first prize winner Lottie.

Amongst the entrants, St Winifreds Infant School submitted entries of Tower Bridge, a London bus and the winning entry to the competition- Canary Wharf produced by Lottie pictured above with Cllr Susan Wise who presented her with a prize of a book token

Cllr Susan Wise with St Winifreds Infant School teacher Miss Hampson & winners Lottie, Leona & Frasier.

Cllr Susan Wise with St Winifreds Infant School teacher Miss Hampson & winners Lottie, Leona & Frasier.

Children from St Winifreds Infant School who showed their enthusiasm for Fairtrade with their entries. Also pictured Cllr Susan Wise and St Winifreds infant school teacher Miss Hampson who encouraged the children to explore the difference Fairtrade can make. The sculptures are now on displayed in the foyer of Lewisham Library.

The Clean & Green programme offers schools the opportunity to take part in events and activities, including competitions throughout the academic year. Running Fairtrade competitions is one element of the programme. Other events took place in Lewisham to celebrate Fairtrade fortnight- for more information visit: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/news/Pages/Get-involved-in-Fairtrade-fortnight-2013.aspx . If you are school and would like more information about entering the Clean & Green schools programme next September- please visit: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx or email Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk


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Design a poster for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade fortnight runs from the 25th February to 10th March and we are running a Fair Trade fortnight poster/collage competition for Primary Schools in Lewisham.

Get those creative juices flowing with ideas for a poster or collage.

Get those creative juices flowing with ideas for a poster or collage.

We would like children to think about what that means to them and to design a poster showing a link or links between their life and the life of a child in another country.  Then send it to us here!

Beth Sowden, ECD , Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road, London, SE13 7EZ .

They can refer to possessions, climate, environment and show things that they have in common. The winning design will be made into a panel/banner on the side of one of our recycling vehicles!  This will all happen for World Fairtrade Day on May 11th 2013. One more thing to bear in mind, as the design will be going on the side of our collection vehicles, if possible, try to make your poster design or collage in landscape format so that it will look much better.

For details on what the previous winner did, please click on the following link where you will see the winner Esosa and his poster design. http://ow.ly/ij3UM 

We will need the names of children who are submitting an entry, their ages and the name of the school they attend.

Here’s a link to a website that I hope will inspire http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

The closing date for Friday the 15th of March.

Good luck  to all,