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12Apr

Blinded by Brexit

With the controversies of Brexit at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we often forget about our other concerns  for our society, like the ever-worsening state of our planet. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn even declared that the environmental issues we face today far outweigh the importance of the Brexit debate that rages on. Corbyn has been quoted saying “we are facing a climate crisis. There’s no bigger threat to our future”.
With this in mind, here are two pieces of environmental legislation that have recently passed:
 
  •          In 2018, Poland passed legislation to put an end to the illegal dumping of waste brought in from foreign countries, notably due to the waste being incinerated in an effort to dispose of it. However, this releases large amounts of toxic smoke, and one fire took 250 ...
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27Mar

Earth Hour: impact beyond the hour

Tomorrow at 8:30 – 9:30pm is Earth Hour, which means millions of people across the world will be switching off their non-essential lights for the 60 minutes. The annual campaign, led by WWF, is a global movement to protect our planet and has become the biggest of its kind. Last year, 188 countries and territories got involved and this year, the campaign’s focus is the loss of nature and ‘why nature matters to you’. Indeed, the Earth’s biodiversity is suffering from our destructive activities and without a functioning natural environment, we will be the ones that suffer.

60 Minutes won’t save the world, but that’s not the point. Earth Hour raises huge amounts of awareness and sparks much needed conversations around energy consumption, climate change and the state of our planet. By joining the movement and showing your solidarity for the cause, switching off for Earth Hour is a symbolic acknowledgement and commitment to act now. ...
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22Mar

Wellbeing in the workplace

We all know Wednesday is hump day; but if hump day was a month, it would probably be March. With long nights and cold days, summer can feel like an age away. Coupled with everyday stresses, we can often put our wellbeing on the backburner. So this month we’re putting it back in the spotlight and giving you some tips on how you could improve yours.
 
As you probably already know, your wellbeing can be influenced by a multitude of factors and it can often be quite hard to pin point what’s having the greatest impact. Most researchers have found there are 9 major contributing factors to your wellbeing, all of which are interconnected. These being:
  • Mood
  • Employment and economic situation
  • Intellectual development and education
  • Physical health and diet
  • Home and surrounding areas
  • Relationships
  • Stability and state of residing country
  • ...
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08Jan

New Year, New Habits

We’ve all heard it, the New Year means a new you! But the only thing that won’t be new this year is our planet. To help you start your 2019 sustainably, we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways you can reduce your environmental impact.
 
1)Veganuary – Of course! Throughout the festive season we all tend to indulge, especially when it comes to the Christmas meal. Veganuary encourages those with a meat-based diet, to switch it up and try a diet that is plant-based. Last year Veganuary broke records with 168,542 people taking part, and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Not only is Veganuary a great way to help you boost your health after the indulgent festivities, giving up meat is one of the best things you can do for the planet. It significantly reduces your carbon footprint, as agriculture produces  nearly a third of all greenhouse gas emissions and is a significant driver of ...
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21Dec

Tis the season, to be sustainable

We're now well into December, which means it's your last chance to make 2018 as environmentally friendly as possible. With the Christmas festivities coming up, we don't want your sustainable actions so far to go to waste. From vast amounts of food waste and excessive packaging to draining Christmas tree lights, there's a true cost to our festive luxuries. 

But it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve put together our top tips so that you can make a difference this year;
• Make your own cards (or go electronic!), wrapping and gifts. Get creative and get upcycling! 
• Recycling alert - look out for non-glossy papers without glitter or embellishment if you want them to be recycled or, better still, get creative and get reusing! Opt for brown paper and string, scraps of fabric, newspaper, magazine pages or reusable gift bags! Get some inspiration here.
• Gift experiences rather than objects and support ...
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22Nov

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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09Nov

Sustainable travel matters, even if its 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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26Oct

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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12Oct

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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14Sep

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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