In 2010, Vancouver became the first major city in Canada to achieve Fairtrade Town status, joining thirteen smaller Canadian cities and towns, and around 900 others worldwide. We would love to see Edmonton join this global movement, but we cannot do it alone. In order to achieve Fairtrade Town status, City Council must pass an ethical purchasing policy committing to use Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea, and sugar, and establish a committee to ensure continued support of Fairtrade principles and initiatives.
In Edmonton, a growing number of schools, faith groups, community organizations, stores and restaurants have already committed to using Fairtrade products. The Edmonton City Council will be taking a vote in January 2013 in regards to adopting Fairtrade and incorporating it into its procurement policy.
If you would like to see the City of Edmonton take the next step toward Fairtrade Town status, please fill out the petition (Link in the Title).
I encourage everyone who resides in Edmonton to sign this petition and help our city achieve a good addition to it’s sustainable initiatives.