Students in the Environmental Sustainability Club at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell are working on a campaign to get the campus certified as a Fair Trade University. To attain full certification, the campus needs to meet five requirements, three of which are already completed:
Fair trade is a certification system that ensures the people who make and grow the things we buy are treated fairly. Many times, particularly in developing countries, adults and children alike are forced into deadly work environments, where they get little or no pay, no health care, and children have no hope of an education.
- Fair prices and access to credit
- Fair labor conditions / No sweatshops or child labor
- Direct relationships between growers and buyers
- Community development
- Democratic organization
- Women’s empowerment
- Environmental sustainability
Those interested in helping with the student campaign at MCCC or who have a fair trade suggestion share are invited to attend one of the Environmental Sustainability Club’s meetings, which are held Wednesdays at 12:20 p.m. in Science Center room 308at the Central Campus in Blue Bell. Email Natalya Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Donnini at email@example.com for more information.
~ by Barbara Donnini, Think Green Correspondent