It’s Fair Trade and I Know It!

Our Fair Trade mob was a huge success with over 40 participants and over 500 views in the first 2 days online!

The mob was organized by Common Energy UBC in partnership with UBC Food Services, Campus Sustainability Office, Fair Trade Vancouver, Engineers without Borders, and the UBC Bookstore. Big kudos to Rosalind for writing the lyrics and Rachel for coordinating our dance steps! Thanks to everyone who came out for it and a huge thank-you to Sam Pat for filming and editing the video.

Here’s the behind the scenes, too!

And if you’re curious, the lyrics:

“It’s Fair Trade and I know it!”

To the tune of “I’m Sexy and I know it” by LMFAO

Yeah, yeah

When I want to buy coffee or tea on the fly

Maybe a treat, bananas and coffee can’t be beat, yeah

But before I roll, gotta check the label under control,

Fair trade is the way to go, it’s how you should spend your dough!



Girl, look at that logo [x3]

Ah ah ah ah  it’s FAIR TRADE!

Boy, look at that logo [x3]

Ah ah ah ah it’s FAIR TRADE!

When I walk into class with my Fair Trade coffee

Everybody stops and they staring at me

My drink pays farmers right and I ain’t afraid to show it, show it, show it, show it

It’s fair trade and I know it!


It’s fair trade and I know it!

Time for fair trade y’all, UBC stores be selling it all

I ain’t trying to preach, but it’s a big lesson I’m here to teach

It’s the way to roll, pay farmers right for what they grow

Time to switch, don’t be nervous

Buy fair trade, at food services


February events wrap up!

February is usually a busy month for UBC Students, who are all busy getting cozy with IKBLC as they study for midterms and then in between these study sessions students are busy making swanky plans for Reading Break. However, for Common Energy members, February was extra busy with a whole load of fun events!

At our monthly Big-Team meeting we all enjoyed yummy homemade stew and mac and cheese among other delicious potluck items. We then welcomed Tanya Bennett, a UBC Alumni, who was kind enough to run a Social Media workshop for the CE team. We all learned about how to effectively manage our multiple social media platforms! Thank you Tanya for teaching us about Hootsuite and saving us loads of time by scheduling tweets! Genius!

February 9th was National Sweater Day—a WWF initiative that asks people to turn down their thermostat by three degrees and sport a wild sweater to show that they are taking action on climate change. The Challenges team made wonderful Sweater Day posters (some of which actually hung on hangers) and ran an interactive booth in the SUB and IKBLC. With the kind donation of Happy Planets from UBC Food Services, the booths were busy and we were definitely able to reach out to the thirsty student population!

The Tangible Solutions team ran another UBC’s Got Skillz workshop, this one being a free knitting workshop!! The turnout was fantastic and the participants all went home with a warm and fuzzy set of needles and yarn. And of course, the priceless skill of knitting, which will reduce their personal consumption in the future.

Finally, Chew On This was a huge success! Monday’s event, “business case for sustainable food” was a full line up. Rebecca Irani, from the UBC Bookstore made a convincing argument for buying fair-trade. If you are sorry you missed the fair trade talk, don’t despair—UBC Fair Trade week is coming right up and Common Energy is running a Fair Trade mob!! Randy and Annie from Discover Organics gave us a first-hand look on primary production of sustainable food. Then Chef Steve Golob, the head chef of Place Vanier cafeteria gave us the most dynamic talk on what UBC is doing in terms of serving socially-responsible, local food. On Tuesday, Sprouts kindly ran a workshop about food-mapping, which was well-received by the audience. On Wednesday, for the panel discussion had over 55 people turn up! Then on Thursday the Oxfam UBC’s ‘Hungry for Change’ dinner went drew a huge crowd– everyone went home with a full belly and motivated to help out in Oxfam’s work. We cannot thank our partner organizations: IKBLC, CUS Sustainability, Oxfam UBC and UBC Food Services.

Check out the webcast for the Monday and Wednesday events below, sponsored by IKBLC.

As if that wasn’t enough to fill our calendars, we had a huge CE delgation at the SFU Sustainable Campuses Conference. Read Quinn’s blog post here.

Thanks for reading and gear up for a magnificent month of March! eARTh festival and Fair Trade mob is just around the corner, are you joining us?

-Kyuwon Kim, Assistant Director