It’s the second week of Fairtrade Fortnight and we’re keeping with that theme. Hopefully, you’ll have learnt something about Fairtrade from e-mini-mission 9.


Our 10th mini-mission raises the stakes and we’re asking you to look at your lifestyle. Most people reading this, compared to the rest of the world, will be affluent, very affluent. OK, you might not feel like that when you’ve no cash left at the end of the month or when you’ve not been able to buy that stuff that you’ve been longing for. But I reckon that the vast majority of us have got

  • a safe, secure, dry place to sleep at night,
  • clothes to wear (your biggest decision of the day might just be deciding which clothes to wear),
  • food on our tables (will it be a takeaway tonight?)
  • clean water to drink
  • an education
  • access to some of the best medical care in the world
  • a mobile phone and a computer
  • a car or public transport that gets us from A to B


This isn’t a reality for many people in the world and, what’s more, the daily choices that we make can make it more or less likely that they’ll be able to get these basics. Their reality could be constant danger, worry about where the next meal will come from, risking drinking water that they know could kill them, choosing whether to send the kids to school or to the sweatshop…


It doesn’t have to be like this… but it needs us in the affluent west to do more.


Read Isaiah 58


Go back and read verses 6 and 7 again and then ask yourself whether or not your lifestyle (how you live, how you spend your time and your money, what you buy, what you wear, what you eat) helps loosen or tighten the chains of injustice?


(If your answer is “I don’t know”, spend an hour on this website)


Here are two key questions for you, questions that we dare not ask each other...


Can you spend more wisely?


Can you spend less and give more?



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