London's buzzing with Fairtrade
This morning saw a protest with a difference held outside Parliament with thousands of 'mini marchers' calling for the government to put smallholder farmers at the heart of its trade policy.
The Fairtrade Foundation has been urging celebrities and members of the public to create a personalised cardboard figure of themselves to demonstrate their backing for trade justice.
You can sign their online petition here.
Meanwhile, we've seen several impressive sculptures to promote Fairtrade being created around London.
At St Paul's Cathedral, you can go and see an amazing model the Diocese of London Fairtrade Group has created using Fairtrade wrappers and packaging. A nice touch is that the fence around the model has the names of all the Fairtrade Churches in the London Diocese.
This picture shows Sophi Tranchell, Chair of Fairtrade London, with Cannon Michael Hampel who is wearing a stole made of Divine Chocolate wrappers made by Fran Chandler, one of the leading people behind the London Diocese achieving Fairtrade status.
Meanwhile, up in North London the Camden Fairtrade Network have been busy making a giant pair of shoes, symbolising the call to people in London to "take a step for Fairtrade". They were on display at The People's Supermarket last week and this week can be found at Budgens supermarket in Belsize Park.
Back to central London where youth chocolate brand Dubble and educational charity Trading Visions have created a 'Fairtrade Warrior', a tribute to some of the companies that are leading the fair trade vision to transform trade.
Artist Georgie Hudson with the Fairtrade Warrior
Its clothes, made with Year 4 students from Tower Bridge Primary School, are made of wrappers from companies like Cafedirect, Divine Chocolate, Liberation Nuts, Pants to Poverty, Traidcraft and Zaytoun - companies that have created entirely new business models with producers at the heart of all they do.
This week sees two really interesting panel discussion events in central London. Tonight's event poses the question 'Can Small Farmers Save the World' and brings together themes around Fairtrade and local food, then on Thursday evening there is a debate asking 'Should Fairtrade Welcome Big Business into the Market?'.
Fairtrade London Campaign