What to do in a climate emergency

climate emergency protestors

1. Stay calm!

Great news that your organisation has made a progressive step and recognition of the pressures the planet is facing. This is one step on the road to tackling climate change, but what are you actually going to do? If your organisation isn’t at this stage yet what can you do to help them?

2. Assess

This might seem quite daunting, but what can you do to help? Firstly, what are the current causes of carbon in your organisation? Secondly, what impacts can you mitigate? You should have the target for reducing local climate impacts in mind. Thirdly, who is going to drive this forward? Some actions are easy (with senior staff buy-in) to implement on a short-term basis; sourcing sustainable consumables, promoting sustainable travel and reducing conference travel. Check out the University of Leeds and Anglia Ruskin University’s efforts to drive down carbon in this article.

However, if your target is to be truly carbon neutral (more on this in another blog), what do you need to do now for longer term actions? Introducing courses/training around sustainability, developing strategies to meet your carbon commitments, sustainable construction, restructuring your energy supply choices, all need to be up for discussion.

3. Act

It is clear that engaging with colleagues, staff and contractors from a large cross section of your organisational community is key to enacting behaviour change for good. Therefore, getting supporters on board to take individual tangible climate emergency actions can create a groundswell of change. Shifting company/university attitudes and culture no support sustainability and wellbeing activities is no easy thing.

Ask us for a demo of how the first Climate Emergency University in the UK, Bristol University, are using the Jump programme to help engage staff and students and drive forward their declared Climate Emergency.

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

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.

 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

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.