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Good morning one and all,

Chichester Cathedral recently led the way by using Fairtrade Gold to reguild the weather**** atop the spire. This aroused much media interest as it is the first use of on a public building. The Dean is seen here with the steeplejacks facing the cameras of the press. The BBC and ITV were also present.
Quoting from the press release:
"The gold covering the weathervane was responsibly sourced by Chichester’s Cred jewellers from the Sotrami Mine in Peru - one of the first mines in the world to be certified to Fairtrade standards. Both the Sotrami Mine and Cred are part of a new – and revolutionary – programme of Fairtrade and Fairmined Certified Gold launched on Valentine’s Day earlier this [last] year.

Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold is the world’s first independent ethical certification system for gold. The certification enables businesses, from designers and retailers to fabricators and distributors, to offer their customers the guarantee of a product which has been responsibly mined. Crucially, this means that small scale miners receive a fair price for gold, ensuring a more stable future for them and their communities."

"The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling, Dean of Chichester, explains why the project is so important: ‘Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold provides a lifeline for thousands of impoverished and exploited miners in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. If every jeweller, and indeed every customer, were to insist on only gold sourced in this way then thousands of small scale miners, and their communities, would be guaranteed a better future. The cost of this project has been borne by a private donor to whom we are very grateful, but the wider ambitions of Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold are priceless.’

Chichester’s Cred jewellers have been pivotal to the realisation of Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold and were one of the first ethical jewellers in the UK to produce collections sourced in this way."

V2 shows the engraved message on the side of the cock:
"This weathervane was guilded with
Fairtrade gold and dedicated on 23rd November 2011.
Nicholas Frayling
Dean "

V3 The Dean being interviewed by the BBC
V4 The Dean with ITV other press and the public.

I hope you enjoy these.

All the best,

James

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:2 Nov 2011 - 11:51 AM
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Title:Fairtrade Gold
Username:James_C James_C
Uploaded:15 Feb 2012 - 9:28 AM
Tags:Architecture, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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gingerdelight
15 Feb 2012 - 9:34 AM

A wonderful piece of documentary work here James - lucky you to be able to get up close and personal. Excellent images with great information.
Carol

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15 Feb 2012 - 9:34 AM

Certainly an interesting story.
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LucienH
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15 Feb 2012 - 9:35 AM

Interesting captures & description.

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15 Feb 2012 - 9:48 AM

A tremendously positive, optimistic story, and the composition and body language in V1 in particular convey that feeling. A really good set, this sort of event is easy to record factually, but difficult to turn into really memorable pictures . I'm glad you left the 'frame' of part-photographers in V1.
Moira

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15 Feb 2012 - 12:30 PM

What a great way to draw attention to another aspect of Fairtrade. New to me although I'm familiar with a range of their items. Well documented set of images
Helen

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15 Feb 2012 - 5:13 PM

A very interesting set James, and a very informative write up. Hopefuly we'll get to see it for ourselves during the Summer.

John Smile

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James_C
James_C  436 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2012 - 5:57 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind interest and support. John, I hope so. It will be good to meet you if you get down this way.

James

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twelvemegs
15 Feb 2012 - 9:03 PM

Interesting set of shots James
Equally interesting write up.

David

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15 Feb 2012 - 11:44 PM

Good reportage shots and interesting story.

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16 Feb 2012 - 9:53 AM

Very good reportage shots - Carole

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