PRIMARY school youngsters across the district have been showing their passion environmental issues and this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight provided opportunities for them to think about the world they want to live in.

In several schools across Craven the children learned about the impact of the choices we make on the global environment; how climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people who grow and produce our favourite foods and drinks (cocoa/chocolate, bananas, tea and coffee); and how with the help of the Fairtrade premium farmers are learning to be more sustainable and resilient.

Eleven primary schools joined a virtual Fair Play afternoon on Zoom on the last Friday of Fairtrade Fortnight. It was a mix of online and offline activities organised and led by Liz Roodhouse, chair of the Skipton Fairtrade Town group and the coordinator for Craven Development Education Centre.

Liz said: “The children who took part enjoyed seeing children from other schools, especially when everyone came together again to show what they had created during the offline making activity. There were heart-shaped pledges which were later made into badges and fridge magnets, a huge heart and smaller hearts showing the children’s love for people and the planet. I was inspired by the creativity and like all the children who took part felt that we were part of something big and important. We were all working hard to raise awareness of Fairtrade and climate justice.”

At Greatwood and Water Street Primary Schools children wrote messages on leaves to world leaders and politicians explaining why it’s important for them to keep their promises made at C0P26. These were hung on the guards around the young trees on Skipton High Street setts.

In addition there were the usual coffee mornings, Fairtrade stalls and Fairtrade tuck shops for people to attend.

In Embsay, the Village Fairtrade group’s coffee morning raised £230 for Traidcraft Exchange. Traidcraft Exchange wor with farmers in the poorer parts of the world to help them adapt and become more resilient to climate change.

At Lothersdale’s coffee morning there were lots of Fairtrade bakes to enjoy, and buy to take away, games to play, a Fairtrade stall and a walking banana. The large Fairtrade mark made using recycled materials provided a fun photo opportunity. The children from the primary school worked with the church to run the event which raised £185 for Traidcraft Exchange and the Fairtrade Foundation.