Consumers urged to show solidarity with farmers by signing petition urging governments to act NOW
WASHINGTON, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – An open letter sent on behalf of 1.8 million Fairtrade producers worldwide, before COP26, urges world leaders to keep their pledge to provide $ 100 billion annual funding to low-income countries disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.
The letter criticizes the rich countries most responsible for climate change for failing to honor their commitments to cut emissions and adequately support farmers suffering the worst effects of climate degradation.
Signed by representatives of Fairtrade producer networks in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the letter warns governments that their inaction threatens farmers’ livelihoods and the global food supply.
Entitled ‘Be fair with your climate promise, ‘ he says: “We grow the food consumed by people all over the world … But our ability to do so has been severely damaged by the reckless damage to our environment caused by years of broken promises regarding the climate crisis.
“You promised to reduce the emissions that cause extreme weather events, which dry out our fields one day and flood them the next. But emissions are increasing dangerously, while your ambition remains too low. You pledged to provide climate finance, to help us continue our food growth despite the changing weather. But hardly anything reaches us. “
Eighty percent of the world’s food comes from 500 million family farms. Farmers in climate-vulnerable countries are already using their expertise to deliver climate solutions, but that’s not enough: Financial support is essential, they say.
The letter also urges governments to strengthen trade rules on environmental protection and promote fair and low-carbon trade deals.
A delegation of Fairtrade farmers will attend the COP26 top to Glasgow, Scotland, in November to deliver the letter in person.
Fairtrade is mobilizing ethical buyers to support the farmers’ call to action by signing a global petition, available on its digital campaign hub.
Fair trade Be fair with your climate promise cThe campaign is a vital call to action at a time when systemic changes in commerce are not happening quickly enough.
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