Fairtrade Fortnight Climate Crisis for Cocoa Field Painting

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At Sand in Your Eye, we recognise the issues climate change brings and we love to support projects that educate and evoke a positive change around this pressing issue. 

Watch Fairtrade Video featuring Bismark Kpabiety

After the Clean up the Beach sand drawing project at Cayton Bay, which highlighted the issue of rubbish found on beaches. We were asked by the same organisation to create a piece of land art to mark the start of the Fairtrade Fortnight. 

During Fairtrade Fortnight thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people growing our food, drinks and cotton for our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

Bismark Kpabiety, a young cocoa farmer from Ghana

The subject for the land art was a young Fairtrade Cocoa farmer called Bismark Kpabiety from Ghana. Climate change directly affects the production of Cocoa and other much needed crops. Since the last Fairtrade Fortnight, we have the G7 and COP26 take place but there is still much that needs to be done and soon! In 2050 areas across the world could become too hot to grow these much needed crops that support jobs for people such as Bismark and provide us with our much needed chocolate fix.

A 50 meter grass painted image of Bismark was created on the field at Old Chamber Farm and Campsite, massive thank you to Ann Jones who once again let us use her fantastic field.

Old Chamber Farm overlooking Hebden Bridge

Our team of Jamie, Claire, Mark, Dave, Liz and Emma all gave up any romantic Valentines plans and gave the full long day to this creation. 

The team enjoying a lovely Valentines day

This February day was bitterly cold and started off very drizzly, painting lines that wash away can be so disheartening but luckily by the afternoon the rain stopped, and the team persevered to create the final image until evening started to descend, Well done you troopers!

Help to spread Bismarks story and Fairtrade’s message by getting out loud and clear that more needs to be done to prevent climate change. 

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