Discover Fairtrade Gold is a new campaign from the Fairtrade Foundation which seeks to highlight the exploitation of an estimated 16 million small-scale miners around the world who work in dangerous conditions to provide gold that may end up on our high streets.
A striking pop-up exhibition featuring 16 powerful images, quotes and stories from gold mining communities in South America and East Africa will be on display in the café at the New Room – aka John Wesley’s Chapel – from 21-28 April.
Small scale miners are often exploited by middle men, and forced to handle hazardous chemicals such as mercury. It is a harsh and precarious way to earn a livelihood that often leaves miners living in poverty.
The exhibition, visiting the New Room for one week only, vividly illustrates the challenges facing small-scale gold miners, and the difference Fairtrade can make to their lives.