STAFF and pupils at a Lake District school welcomed a world-renowned Fairtrade activist.

Pushpanath 'Push' Krishnamurhty from India gave an inspirational and moving talk at The Lakes School, Troutbeck Bridge, about his efforts to make the world a fairer, greener place.

The whole school came together for morning assembly led by Push which was followed up by a series of workshops where students got the opportunity to work directly with Push to think about their responsibilities as global citizens and plan some ideas for the future. One of those was considering having a Fairtrade school uniform.

The Lakes School has been awarded ‘Fair Achiever status’ in recognition of its commitment to raising awareness of poverty and sustainability.

Robin Sharp, Global Learning Co-ordinator, said: “Our Fairtrade journey has led us to welcome many interesting and incredible people into school.

"Push, however, was just amazing! He reminded us that, as a global community, we’re all in this together. After hearing Push speak so passionately, we feel more strongly than ever that we can and will make a difference!”

Push first came to the Lake District in 2012 when he completed a walk from Garstang to Keswick, the world’s first Fairtrade town.

Since then he has walked more than 30 million steps all over the world to raise awareness of Fairtrade and climate change. His walks aim to celebrate the lives and work of small scale farmers everywhere, many of whom continue to suffer from the adverse effects of unfair trade, and who are now also increasingly at the mercy of adverse climate change.

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