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Be more green this Black Friday

This Friday is Black Friday, which means a day of shopping, great bargains, and irresistibly discounted items. The day is known to mark the beginning of the festive shopping period, with consumers heading to the shops in their masses. From clothing to electricals, homewares and everything in between, there are endless deals - people go wild for Black Friday, quite literally.

Our consumption habits are destroying our environment, and are leading to an overwhelming feeling of stuffocation among us all, hoarders or not. Beyond the discounts and bargains, Black Friday doesn’t help these issues. Black Friday purchases are typically impulse bought due to the heavily promoted deals and apparently unbeatable discounts. In 2017, 21% of people in Britain purchased something on Black Friday which they later regretted. Let alone ethical or environmentally friendly products. Our throwaway lifestyles, items manufactured with short lifespans, and excessive ...
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Sustainable travel matters, even if it’s not in the Budget

At the end of October, the UK Government released its 2018 Budget. From an environmental perspective, the Budget was not in our favour; lacking the essential funding to tackle the major environmental challenges we face and giving no reference to climate change. Considering the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report which stressed the urgency of acting now to mitigate catastrophic effects of climate change, this is clearly a questionable decision. The Budget seriously overlooks many of the problems associated with climate change, and lacks new funding and measures to tackle these issues.
The Budget did provide considerable funding for road improvements, and is delivering a large strategic roads investment package worth £28.8 billion from 2020-25. The result would be a continuation of car dominated transport and therefore higher levels of pollution.
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We can all make a difference

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a critical report earlier this month expressing serious concerns for the future of our planet as we know it. The world’s leading climate scientists warned that urgent and unprecedented changes are needed to limit climate change catastrophe. They even stated that we have just 12 years to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5C above current temperatures. Beyond this ‘tipping point’, irreversible and disastrous effects would runaway including widespread drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty. Clearly, this is worrying stuff. 

As well as urging governments to make more radical decisions, these alarming warnings have sparked much debate on what should be done. How can we rapidly cut carbon emissions to halt reaching such tipping points? A multifaceted approach is essential, involving a rapid transition to renewable energy and various adaptive technologies such as ...
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Go Green for Green GB Week

Here at Team JUMP, we’re really excited about next week’s Green Great Britain (GB) Week, a landmark week to celebrate Clean Growth in the UK. That is, tackling global climate change whilst also boosting the UK's economy. Importantly, this will require significant carbon cuts to six key areas; transport, food and the countryside, technology, heating, energy and waste/recycling. 
Launching on the 15th October, Green GB Week will be showcasing the benefits of clean growth to all parts of society – from new jobs to cleaner air. Sustainability news provider edie have been at the heart of the action and have developed a virtual Mission Possible Pledge, where businesses can make sustainability commitments online. So far, 30 of the UK’s largest companies including John Lewis and Amazon have pledged to tackle climate change – HSBC have promised to invest £250m into green energy infrastructure and ...
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Recycle Week is back for 2018!

Recycle Week’s annual campaign, organised by WRAP, will be running from Monday 24th September to Sunday 30th September. This year marks the campaign's 15th year, and is set to be one to remember. Themed ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’, the campaign will be focusing on plastics, aiming to highlight the benefits of recycling and encourage people to recycle more. WRAP is calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved during the week. It’s a perfect opportunity for all our JUMP members to get on board and ramp up their office recycling!
Take a look at the Recycle Week video and get inspired!
Why should you recycle?
Recycling is vital if we want to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy. Landfill is not a sustainable option for our waste disposal – it releases harmful chemicals into the environment, takes up a huge amount of space ...
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Ditching the meat: How cutting meat from your diet can lower your environmental impact

The link between meat and the environment has been reported in numerous studies and news reports, with the meat industry being highlighted as one of the most significant contributors to current environmental problems.

Food production is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, due to land clearance for animal agriculture and also due to animal byproducts, such as methane emissions. Research suggests that cutting down on meat consumption can reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by a third. Therefore, a move away from meat rich diets can have a major impact on reducing your environmental impact.
Meat-free Monday is an international campaign raising awareness of the links between meat consumption and the environment by encouraging people to swap meat for a vegetarian alternative for one day a week. Did you know that giving up meat for one meal a week could save enough carbon emissions to boil a kettle 388 times, or ...
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Successful launch of behaviour change programme at the University of Bristol, encouraging employees to ‘Be the Change’

This summer we launched our latest employee engagement programme, known as ‘Be The Change’, to employees at the University of Bristol.

Bristol is well known for its dedication to being an environmentally friendly city and in 2015 was awarded European Green Capital status. It is exciting to see the education sector demonstrate the same commitment to sustainability, as the University of Bristol has already made impressive steps to minimise its environmental impact.   
Through the provision of the ‘Be the Change’ programme via our specialist online platform and web app we’re helping the University continue to achieve improvements to sustainability. The aim is to encourage employees to take part in activities which tackle plastics, reduce carbon use and boost wellbeing both at home ...
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Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.
In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
Why refuse plastics?
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – ...
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EAUC round up and our Fitbit winner announced!

It's been an exciting summer so far and our JUMP team have been busy spreading the word about employee engagement in sustainability and wellbeing.

Last week we were at the EAUC’s Collaborations for Change Conference, where we exhibited our JUMP behaviour change programme. The conference kicked off with an insightful welcome address, which identified ‘lack of staff engagement’ as the second biggest barrier facing an institution in achieving their carbon reduction targets.

Another highlight was the workshop "Points Mean Prizes" by our partners Bournemouth University and the University of Winchester. Both universities spoke on how JUMP's use of gamification and rewards enabled them to successfully engage their staff in sustainability and wellbeing activities and work towards their environmental targets. 

We also had fun quizzing those who passed by our stall on their waste and recycling ...

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On the 5th June World Environment Day focused on bringing your people together to beat plastic pollution.

Being so cheap and easy to produce plastic is found everywhere in our day to day lives, from the packaging around our food to the tiny microbeads that are found in our clothes and released every time we put on a wash. 51 trillion pieces of plastic are currently polluting our sea and although it is hard to visualise such an immense quantity the impact this is having on our marine wildlife is clear.

Millions of sea creatures are harmed every year when they mistakenly consume our plastic waste and we can thank the BBC’s Blue Planet for bringing this fact to our attention. It is easy to feel helpless staring at our TV screens begging animals to stop eating plastic, so instead why don’t we take action?

Exciting steps have already been taken at a global level. India has set their goal of eliminating all single-use plastics by 2022, with many ...
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