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. Among its highlights, the movement has helped light up homes with solar power in India and the Philippines and has created a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda

At Jump, we’re all for working together and making big changes, and Earth Hour is just one example of empowering people to do so. From our students at the University of Bristol to employees at Barclays, this month our Jump participants have been pledging their participation in Earth Hour. So join us and step up to the challenge! 

Our Jump engagement programme goes beyond the hour and helps drive long term energy reductions.The plethora of online activities provide energy saving tips and switch off checklists and encourage individuals to save energy wherever they can, and rewards them for doing so. If you’d like to know some energy saving tips, click here

We can’t think of anything more atmospheric than a candlelit dinner or a bit of stargazing for a Saturday evening, so spread the word and get your colleagues, friends and family on board! And don’t forget to join the conversation on social media too #EarthHourUK#Connect2Earth

It’s your time to shine (but not those lights please!).

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.


Lawrence Mitchell

Change Management

I am Chief Customer Officer of SumoSalad, former Chief Marketing Officer at RELX: Risk & Analytics and Founder of RAW Energy. Having worked in publishing for 20 years, living through the first phases of the digital revolution, I’m used to disruption, uncertainty and transformation. But through all of this, my belief in putting the customer at the heart of an organisation by leveraging data analytics has helped multiple brands innovate, evolve and transform. 

I’m a huge advocate for promoting wellness in the workplace which is central to our Jump mission, and created the award-winning RBI Living Well programme. Through my RAW Energy platform, I support business and community leaders to be more resilient, more authentic and more focused on wellbeing.  A regular contributor to marketing, customer experience and wellness forums, I’ve written three books including Success without Stress: How to Prevent Burnout and Build Resilience for Optimal Health & Performance. 

Mark Lance

Finance & Company Secretary

I helped Graham set up Jump in 2011 and it’s great to be involved in such a dynamic, growing business where I can apply my specialism in corporate compliance to ensure we are meeting our statutory and financial obligations.  I am an associate of the Association of International Accountants (for whom I also act as a quality advisor) and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. 

Alongside Jump, I’m a director of Cornhill Group, a corporate service business in London advising the boards of businesses in a wide variety of sectors including shipping, energy, media and aviation, and I’m also a director of a global energy trader. 

Rob Metcalfe

PR & Marketing

Alongside Jump, I’ve been helping clients get their message across for over 30 years,
most recently as chief executive of Richmond & Towers, the longest
established public relations consultancy in the UK.  A Chartered Marketer,
I’m increasingly helping clients frame their message around sustainability,
particularly in food, waste and energy. The Guardian once described me as being
the “evil genius who got us all hooked on avocados”, a claim I don’t deny.

Since helping Graham get Jump set up in 2011 I’ve enjoyed communicating about a
subject where there is a great willingness among companies and individuals to
do the right thing,  but understanding what practical action to take isn’t
always obvious. 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work.