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Fair Trade Fest
Luther College (Decorah, IA) recently organized a Fair Trade Fest. I've added some pictures from the Fest to the photo album, so take a look. Here are some reflections from one participant:
Fair Trade Fest presented an alternative to holiday consumerism that was both educational and entertaining. Extending beyond the concept of 'just' trade confined to the image of one label, we organized around the idea of trading fairly - which included promotion of buying local as well as buying responsibly.
Concluding from the smiles that permeated the evening, the evening was a success. We had a plethora of speakers from the community and campus, share about topics such as Thai rice farmers, hemp production, organic farming, and the Global Justice Movement - all interspersed with the musical talent of Luther students (and faculty).
Uniting under the umbrella of responsible trade, Fair Trade Fest engaged students and community members alike in conversation about the every-day opportunities we have to change the way the global economy impacts our world.
As the holiday seasons draw near, let us continue to share our time and love with those in our lives, as well as our brothers and sisters in our global community.
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