David Stewart MSP

Online petition for Fairtrade Launched

20 December 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart is urging people to show the Christmas spirit by backing a festive campaign to help people in Third World Countries.

He has launched an online petition in favour of Fair Trade in Highlands and Islands for people to sign over the next couple of months which can be found on the website http://www.hifairtrade.org.uk .

The MSP has been a long-time campaigner against world poverty, supporting Jubilee 2000, an nternational coalition movement in over 40 countries that called for cancellation of third world debt by the year 2000, and the biggest ever anti-poverty movement, Make Poverty History, in 2005.

Now he is throwing his weight behind the new campaign.

Mr Stewart said: “Fairtrade in Highlands and Islands is a campaign to encourage a significant increase in the use of Fairtrade products across the region.

“It aims to support good work being done by volunteers, Fairtrade groups, churches and Local Authorities to encourage Fairtrade.

“Despite the challenges the Highlands and Islands economy faces, most of us are much better off than our counterparts in Africa and Asia.

“Highlanders have always been generous and in this season of goodwill I’m sure they’ll want to support the campaign.”

Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said: “The Highlands and Islands have led the way in so many ways in Supporting Fair Trade for many years.

“I welcome the involvement of so many campaigners from across the region in towns, islands, villages and city communities, schools, faith groups, businesses and local authorities in Fair Trade activities.

“It would be truly remarkable if all the local authority areas in the region were to be successful in achieving Fairtrade Zone status.

“I am pleased to support this petition to help achieve this.”

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Written by davidstewart

December 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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