The teachings of Jesus are all imbued with service to others and righting injustices. The prophet Micah asks “What does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” In attempting to alleviate the injustices we see at home and overseas, do you sometimes get frustrated at the immensity of the task and ask yourself how can my puny efforts really help? Of course, we can always write letters to politicians and donate money to worthy causes. That all helps.
However, in reality, if we all adopted particular practices, we can influence decisions and results. We need to increase the efforts and expand those that we know are effective.
Fairtrade advocates for better working conditions and improved terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries. In fact, August 2-15 is Fairtrade Fortnight. Full details of Fairtrade, facts, its strategies and products can be readily seen on their website . Products include coffee, tea, chocolate, vanilla and even gold.
Look for the Fairtrade mark. We can make a difference.