Posted on Wed, December 17, 2008 by Jerusha Klemperer
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This holiday season, you can make merry and have fun while informing neighbors about ethical food!
Global Exchange is inviting individuals, nonprofits, schools, congregations, and youth groups all over the country to participate in Fair Trade Holiday Caroling.
What is Fair Trade Holiday Caroling? Carolers walk door to door or perform in any public place congregation, school play, holiday party, subway station, etc, etc. Carolers first sing a few carols, then read a brief Fair Trade Public Education Script to their audience, and finally ask their audiences to make a Fair Trade New Years Resolution or pledge to buy Fair Trade holiday gifts together, the thousands of Resolutions we collect in the US and around the world will make a big impact on expanding the market for Fair Trade farmers and artisans.
Carolers sing both traditional carols and the clever, amusing, fabulous Fair Trade carols submitted to Global Exchanges Fair Trade Holiday Song Contest during the Summer of 2008. (Even if you dont go caroling, take a peek at the songbook for a little chuckle.)
Check out the Holiday Caroling Toolkit, which includes the Songbook, information on how to carol, and all the materials you need.
The Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign also encourages you to consider taking a pledge to buy some or all holiday gifts Fair Trade this year!
A note from Fair Trade Campaign Director, Adrienne Fitch-Frankel:
Ever since I took my pledge to make all of my holiday gift purchasing Fair Trade, my shopping has become so much easier and more satisfying! Every year, I walk into my local Fair Trade store with the list of gifts I need to buy, and walk out an hour later with all my shopping complete. When I distribute my holiday gifts, the entire room of family and friends open their packages and have tears in their eyes as they read about the transformation those gifts made in the lives of another family. Each of my loved ones find it moving and meaningful, in the spirit of the holiday season.
And, as my colleague from the Global Exchange Fair Trade online store, Tex Dworkin, likes to point out buying Fair Trade gifts is especially important because every time you give a Fair Trade gift, you are sharing information about Fair Trade with someone who might have never heard of Fair Trade products, encouraging them to start buying Fair Trade, too. I hope you will consider joining me in buying Fair Trade gifts this holiday, both online and in Fair Trade stores.
Collectively, we can all make a huge impact for Fair Trade farmers and artisans this holiday season! Please join us!
And make sure to take a look at Global Exchanges Fair Trade holiday gift offerings.