The next meeting will be held by zoom at 7.30pm on Wednesday 28th October 2020. For further information please contact the Secretary on.07887 980004/ 01442 823514 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Justice & Peace Group, Tring was developed out of a desire to help those less fortunate than ourselves. From the beginning, in 2004, we have worked hard to provide support where it is most needed. One of our major achievements was gaining Fairtrade Town status for Tring. This continues to be a major focus of our work by raising awareness of Fairtrade within our community.
Fairtrade makes a huge difference to the lives of people who grow and produce goods around the world. When you see the Fairtrade mark you can be assured that the Fairtrade standards have been met and a premium paid for projects such as improvement of health care and the local environment.
We are a group of like-minded people, striving to work together for justice and peace. We come from all church backgrounds — or none! We hold monthly meetings to plan activity and we report to the Churches Together in Tring. Our team relies exclusively on volunteers. We're always happy to welcome new members who would like to dedicate some of their time to helping those in need. If you'd like to lend a hand, please don't hesitate to contact us; new members are always welcome.
Find out more about our activity on our website and follow us on Facebook. Some of our current activity is outlined overleaf. If you would like to find out more, or join us at our monthly meetings, contact our secretary Michael on telephone 07887 980004/01442 823514 or email@example.com.
We are inviting residents of Tring to get involved in making Tring a bee town. Climate change will affect the poor most severely throughout the world. Climate justice is the belief that by working together we can create a better future for present and future generations. ‘Make Tring a bee town’ is a new initiative from Tring’s Justice & Peace Group to protect and increase the amount and quality of pollinator habitat in Tring and the surrounding area. We asking individuals and groups to get involved and take action. Download the leaflets to read more about how you can get involved.
We hope as many as possible will be involved in this initiative; if you would like to know more or get involved please contact the Justice & Peace Group. We also invite you to share what you are doing so we can build up evidence to have Tring and the surrounding area recognised as a bee town. Email Justice & Peace Group secretary Michael, firstname.lastname@example.org, or share your activity on Facebook or Instagram. #maketringabeetown #actionforinsects
We are promoting ‘use your LOAF’, as the mantra to inform food purchasing. Not only does this catchy acronym help us to think about ethical purchasing, it has its roots in sustainable living. The LOAF principle was developed by a group of Christian ecologists. It is not a new idea, it was launched 15 years ago. It is easy to remember, and can be a personal check when making food choices.
LOAF stands for
As we all know, it is possible to eat strawberries in winter and mangos whenever we want. Multinational companies ensure a constant food supply to huge supermarkets. We don’t even need to know what season it is when we plan our meals. But the price of this food is air and lorry mileage.
So how in practice do we support, purchase, and eat local food? As a general rule, follow 'the proximity principle'. Avoid air freight. Buy seasonal fruit and veg from your own bio-region. Greengrocers, butchers, cheese and fish shops, markets and farm shops are ideal sources. During the spring 'food gap', when freshness is scarce and expensive, you may have to source from further afield, so Chile or Spain may be the next choice. Then of course, the other way is to grow your own!
“Organic growing works with and not against nature, organic growers resonate with the rest of the soil community, supplying humus, leaf mould, other organic residues, and harvested rain to the soil. Organic growers feed, nourish, cultivate, protect, and encourage the soil.”
If you have already opted to be a vegetarian, or vegan, this one may be a redundant consideration. Indeed, there have been some vehement voices about cutting out meat from diets as being the ‘only way to go’. But choosing to be ‘animal friendly’ means we make choices to buy local, humanely reared and culled meat and fish, eschewing intensification, lorry transport, and distant, impersonal abattoirs.
There will always be food that cannot be produced, in quantity, in north western Europe, including bananas, citrus fruits, dates, cocoa, olives, pineapples, cranberries, tea, and coffee. Here too the LOAF principles apply. Fairtrade not only means that the growers receive a fair price for their cocoa beans, but that other environmental factors are considered. The Fairtrade mark is only given if certain environmental standards are met, and the standard is high.
Food is not only a justice issue, but food is a climate issue. If we can aim to make our weekly shop local, organic, animal friendly and fairly traded, then we can have a significant impact on the climate as well as our neighbour.
So why not use your LOAF next time you do your shopping!
Information adapted from http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/loaf-principles.htm