Campaigners join 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers calling on world leaders to Be Fair With Their Climate Promise

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What happened at COP26?

Now COP26 has concluded without the commitments farmers and workers needed, Fairtrade farmers have sent an updated letter to world leaders - including a record of the support that flooded in from around the world for their cause over the past few weeks.

Fairtrade farmers and workers are now going back to work - to continue to take on the climate crisis and to continue to feed the world. We need to continue to pressure our politicians to deliver on the promises they did make at COP26, and urge them to go further and faster where they failed. Please add your details to get all the latest on how you can get involved.

You can read reaction from the COP26 from Mary Kinyua, Fairtrade flower farmer and Fairtrade's chief representative at COP26, in this statement on our website.

What Fairtrade farmers and workers were calling for at COP26

In the run up to the COP26 UN climate summit, Fairtrade farmers and workers were calling for urgent action. And by the end of the climate conference, over 33,000 had joined in their call for climate justice.

Climate change is already severely damaging the lives and livelihoods of farming communities who grow so much of our food. They are on the front line of a worsening crisis they have done the least to cause. And deeply unfair trade means many simply cannot earn enough to adapt to rapid changes in weather.

That's why 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers came together to call on politicians at the COP26 summit to Be Fair with your Climate Promise. 

Farmers and workers are challenged leaders at COP26 to invest in the expertise of their communities, who see the realities of the climate crisis every day.

And they demanded the wealthiest countries start being honest about their own carbon footprints, and work together to create trade deals and laws that encourage investment in the sustainable solutions many Fairtrade farmers are already pioneering.

Fairtrade farmers and workers know that if we don't speak out now, it will be too late. COP26 did not deliver the results needed by farmers and workers living with the reality of the climate crisis. So now it's even more urgent we come together to back their demands.

 

What Fairtrade farmers asked politicans at COP26 to do 

Fairtrade farmers and the communities they support depend on the climate for their livelihoods. But the climate emergency caused by centuries of exploitation of people and planet means those livelihoods are under serious and immediate threat.

So, Fairtrade farmers and workers have come together to demand the politicians in the wealthiest nations, those most responsible for the climate crisis, start to take that responsibility seriously. The 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers of our global Fairtrade community are calling on politicians at COP26 to:
  • Ensure that the $100 billion per year they pledged to tackle a changing climate reaches those who need it most 
  • Take responsibility for international aviation and shipping emissions in their carbon-cutting commitments 
  • Make trade deals that encourage fair, low-carbon products that allow farmers to invest in sustainable farming
  • Strengthen rules that mean businesses invest in fair, sustainable supply chains, and compel those who fall short to meet their responsibilities

Read more about the demands of Fairtrade farmers and workers in their full letter to the politicians preparing for the COP26 summit.

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Before COP26 concluded, over 33,000 of us joined 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers demanding climate justice. 

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