In a world where we depend on the work of others, are you promoting trade justice, Fairtrade and supporting local producers – in Devon and in poor communities around the developing world? Together we are working towards Fairtrade Diocese status. How does your Mission Community express concern for world justice, peace and the integrity of creation?
Fairtrade Gold Wedding Rings: Have you heard of Fairtrade Gold yet? There are currently 16 million small scale gold miners and further 100 million people who indirectly rely on small scale mining for a living – miners, their families and their communities. Small scale mining is one of the most dangerous industries in the world, and miners often work in very remote and harsh conditions with little or no health and safety measures in place. Fairtrade Gold offers a lifeline to these miners, their families and communities.
There is more Fairtrade Gold available than currently being sold and so if we help raise awareness through our parishes we could make a real difference. Most is sold in wedding and engagement rings, so the aim is to reach people who are getting married, people who organise weddings and people who advise couples. The idea is to help people to think about where the gold in their ring comes from and make an ethical choice for this big and significant purchase. There are A3 posters, A6 postcards and calling cards, also a website ido.fairtrade.org.uk and a photo exhibition which can be sent out on loan.
The main wedding ring season is April to August, so Fairtrade Fortnight is a good time to start. For more info and links to a campaigner guide, pictures of the resources see http://fairtrade.org.uk/discovergold. There’s also a short video from Fairtrade gold pioneers Cred Jewellery at http://credjewellery.com/blogs/news/our-fairtrade-gold-video
More information from Sally Farrant, Social Responsibility Officer, Exeter Diocese.