Thursday, September 25, 2008

Living Green through Fair Trade

...that's the title of three talks I will be giving this weekend at Kirabo Fair Trade's Anniversary Festival in E. Lansing, Michigan. Using stories from my visits to Madagascar and Nicaragua, I will share reflections on the Fair Trade principle of promoting environmental sustainability. The owner of Kirabo, Gail, will also showcase some products that come from recycled materials.

Talks will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (well in advance of the Presidential debate--let's hope McCain shows!) and then on Saturday I'll be speaking 11:30 and 3:00 a.m. In between they'll be fun activities, including coffee tasting from Jody and Chris, the good people of Higher Grounds Trading Company, a Michigan-based fully committed Fair Trade company. Come get samples at either 9:00 a.m. or 10:30.
Wearing my CRS hat, I will also be speaking on sustainability and Catholic Social Teaching on Sunday morning at St. John's on the MSU campus, beginning around 11:00 a.m. I'd love to Michigan folks at any of these events, and if you aren't in that neighborhood leave a comment explaining how you've gone green through Fair Trade!

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