What have Greens done?
Fairtrade in Enfield
Greens believe in fairness, and we dont confine our outlook to narrow
national interests. A higher profile for international development, and raising
the proportion of GDP given in aid to poorer countries have been Green Party
policy for many years.
The opportunity to put those ideas into practice locally comes in the form
of the Fairtrade movement which has been growing within the UK at a phenomenal
rate in the last few years. Products bearing the Fairtrade logo guarantee
that a co-operative of poor farmers somewhere in the developing world have
been paid a fair price for what they produced - a price that permits the
farmers and their families to live a dignified existence with at least the
minimum of lifes necessities, and for their community to begin to develop.
Garstang in Lancashire declared itself the worlds first Fairtrade Town
in April 2000, and the idea caught on. Regulated in the UK by the Fairtrade
Foundation, which sets 5 tough criteria based on population for a Fairtrade
Town (or City, Village, Island, Area, County or even Country) to meet, there
are now over 500 Towns (Cities etc) in the UK and nearly 1000 worldwide.
The campaign to add Enfield to that number started in early 2005 and reached
fruition in September 2008 when it was declared a Fairtrade Borough. For
most of that period the cross-party campaign has been co-ordinated by Green
Party member Bill Linton, acting in concert with Conservative Councillor
Annette Dreblow as chair of the Steering Group, while Labour Councillor Chris
Cole steered a motion supporting Fairtrade through the council. Enfields
success was mirrored by Londons - the declaration of London as the
worlds largest Fairtrade City came just days before ours.
In October 2010 Enfield Fairtrade Campaign won the runners-up prize for Most
Innovative Campaign from the Fairtrade Foundation (sponsored by the Co-op).
For more on the Enfield Fairtrade Campaign see their
or for a broader overview of Fairtrade see the
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by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13