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May 052011
 

From Green Right Now Reports

The non-profit Ten Thousand Villages of Austin will host the  Austin Fair Trade Film Festival May 12-14 at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar. Events include a short film competition, a Fair Trade wine and chocolate pairing event, and the Fair Trade film festival and global market.

A record 100,000 people across the U.S. and Canada are expected to participate in hundreds of events over the next two weeks to mark World Fair Trade Day, which is May 14, 2011.  Cities, towns, churches, groups and individuals are planning events to highlight social, economic, and environmental benefits to buying Fair Trade. The events include Fair Trade festivals, Fair Trade coffee breaks, webinars and Fair Trade artisan tours among others.

The Austin event will include screenings of WalMart–The High Cost of a Low Price, Birdsong and Coffee and The Yes Men. Discussions will cover the interdependence of Fair Trade and the environment, whether big box retail be profitable while being fair to producers, and “Perception vs Reality: How to engage a misinformed public.”

Get event details at fairtradeaustin.org.