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Guernsey International Development Network Event: 'Good For People, Good For Our Planet: How ethical trade can help us take on the climate crisis - and win.'

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Tuesday 18 February 2020

On Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 7.30pm at The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts

Join us for the first ever event of the Guernsey International Development Network, where internationally renowned experts will take on one of the key issues of our time — how trade and working practices around the world are helping to shape, and reshape, the climate crisis. Sustainable Development can be a game changer for people and planet — lifting disadvantaged communities out of poverty, and conserving and replenishing the world's precious natural resources — but what does that look like in practice?

- Professor Kevin Bales CMG (Professor of Contemporary Slavery, The Rights Lab, and Trustee for Guernsey For Freedom) discusses modern day slavery, and how the world's worst working practices are also linked to climate devastation in many developing countries. He explains how changing our approach to production and consumption, around the world, can help to address these twin injustices.

- Albert Tucker (Social Entrepreneur and Chair of the Karma Cola Foundation) explores how Fairtrade transforms lives — helping small-scale farmers to succeed in business, despite much bigger competitors; while offering a model of ethical trade that empowers people to care for, protect and develop their communities and their environment.

Professor Bales and Mr Tucker will then be joined by Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez and Louise Smith for a Panel Q&A session on sustainable development, ethical trade and climate justice. Deputy de Sausmarez is a champion for climate action and green finance within Guernsey's government. Mrs Smith is co-founder of a Guernsey-based charity, This Is Epic, which supports sustainable development in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo through village Savings & Loans schemes.

The evening is open to everyone, and will be of particular interest to people who are interested in international development, tackling the climate crisis, or promoting ethical business. Tickets are free of charge and can be reserved via Eventbrite - https://gidnetwork.eventbrite.co.uk. The event is being held on Wednesday 4th March at The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts - Entry from 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. There will be an opportunity to meet with the speakers, panellists and fellow guests at the end of the evening.

The Guernsey International Development Network is an initiative of the Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission. Membership is free - please get in touch via overseasaid@gov.gg.

This inaugural event is held in partnership with the Guernsey Fairtrade Steering Group during Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February until 8th March 2020) - http://www.fairtradeguernsey.com/ and Guernsey For Freedom (formerly Abolitionist Guernsey) www.guernseyforfreedom.org. Please visit their websites for more information on their upcoming events.

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