- Christina Dymiotis
- 29th October 2021
Farming communities are greatly affected by the climate crisis. In an open letter, 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers are calling for urgent action, asking governments at COP26 to be fair with their $100 billion climate promise.
As a Fairtrade certified company, BIDBI supports and joins Fairtrade’s COP26 campaign that fights for climate justice for Fairtrade farmers by signing the official business pledge and raising awareness on social media.
Fairtrade COP26 campaign
Farmers simply cannot afford to adapt to the changing climate, a crisis they have done the least to cause. For this reason, it is critical that the $100bn is delivered and reaches the people who need it most, so farmers can reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate change risks such as extreme weather, and work towards net zero.
Hence, the Fairtrade Foundation is inviting all of their partners to join farmers in the fight for climate justice, by getting involved in as many of the following four activities as possible; including signing the business pledge, signing the online petition, sharing assets on social media, and talking about your commitment and impact regarding Fairtrade.
What is COP26?
COP (Conference of the Parties) is a global UN summit on climate change and how to tackle it. This year is the 26th meeting, originally planned for 2020 but now taking place in Glasgow, in the UK, from 31 October to 12 November 2021.
COP26 is critical in ensuring the Paris Agreement progresses towards its targets and that countries are held accountable for their promises.
Therefore, COP26 is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness on this significant issue and demand climate justice. Politicians must act now to protect the future of our planet and life on it. The Paris Agreement was set in 2015 to limit global warming to below 2°C and since then, promises have been made but very little has changed. Now is the time to deliver on promises and drive real change to limit the effects of a changing climate.
Fairtrade Business Pledge:
BIDBI alongside other signatories are committing to four key areas of action as part of its ongoing work in its international supply chains, and together, we are calling on other businesses to do likewise:
1. To pay fair prices to producers – farmers and workers should not have to choose between tackling poverty and building resilience to the climate crisis. ‘Our Fairtrade commitments are critical to achieving this,’ say the companies.
2. To be long term partners with farming communities, listening to the experience of farmers, sharing their expertise and investing in the urgent transitions’ farmers need. They will back a shift in food production and supply to one that is resilient to the changing climate, including backing nature-based solutions. They will support farmers as they work together to cut the emissions embedded throughout their supply chains.
3. To “know and show” their climate impact, by measuring carbon emissions embedded in their supply chains, assessing the climate risks faced at the farm level, and publishing the results. The companies say they want to raise awareness about the challenges and the practical solutions, setting a high bar for other businesses.
4. To speak out, calling in public and private for Governments to set and deliver ambitious targets for emissions reduction and climate finance which puts farmers and agricultural workers first.
The business pledge follows the publication of an open letter from 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean earlier this week. The letter warns governments that their lack of action is threatening farmers’ livelihoods and global food supplies, and deepening poverty. Furthermore, the letter calls out the broken promises from world leaders. It demands that the promised $100bn in annual climate finance is not only paid but that those funds reach farmers and workers directly to ensure they can withstand the growing challenges of climate change, including by planting more trees and investing in more resilient crops.
How you can help:
Fairtrade producer networks demand the governments most responsible for carbon emissions to keep their climate promises to farm communities suffering from a crisis they have done little to cause.
Fairtrade farmers and workers are urging governments to Be Fair With Your Climate Promise. Their open letter is signed by representatives of Fairtrade producer networks in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, who speak on behalf of 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers and workers worldwide.
By signing the petition in solidarity with Fairtrade farmers and workers, you can remind world leaders why they must listen to the needs and expertise of farming communities. Businesses sourcing from Fairtrade producers have also signed a climate pledge, backing the call for change.
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