Blue Planet II provides evidence of global warming to 14.1 million viewers

If you’ve been watching Blue Planet II you’re one of over 14.1 million viewers who have also been delighted by the scenes of polar bear cubs, giant glowing fish and surfing dolphins. Since its debut on the 29th October, the series has become the most-watched TV show of 2017 so far, beating Strictly Come Dancing and the X factor. The series has not failed to disappoint, with scenes showing spectacular new research and discoveries about animal behaviour, including footage of underwater volcanoes erupting and ethereal marine species living 11km below sea level in ‘The Deep’.  

 The series is narrated by David Attenborough and has moments of humour, endearing stories of survival and delivers a serious message about global warming. With much of the filming taking place in the Arctic, the struggles faced by species there reflect how dramatically the global climate is changing. A walrus lifting up her new-born calf up with her fins to prevent it from drowning as they struggle to find sea ice to rest on is a particularly poignant moment, highlighting the devastating effects of retreating Arctic sea ice which is diminishing by 13% every decade. So while the series provides spectacular visual entertainment, it also delivers a serious message about how we need to all take steps to reduce our energy use and carbon footprint. 

The popularity of Blue Planet II shows an interest in and concern about global warming’s effect on our planet. So instead of turning off the TV and accepting defeat, why not engage with some easy, every-day actions we can take to reduce our carbon footprint and energy use? Our employee engagement programme, Jump, provides tangible, effective strategies for individuals and organisations to reduce their carbon footprint. While the prospect of mitigating global warming can seem overwhelming and out of our control, Jump offers businesses a broken down approach to reducing energy use by focusing on targeted, key sustainability behaviours. By incentivising employees to take part in sustainability actions, Jump helps corporations and organisations reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint through simple actions like reporting leaks, using reusable cups and switching off electrical appliances and lights out of hours.

The results from the programme have been outstanding and prove that small actions can add up to make a big difference. Across all programmes JUMP has achieved an average energy reduction of 8%, employees have travelled an average of 307,590 km sustainably, resulting in an average of 42,686 kg of CO2 emissions avoided. These results have received recognition across the country, with many of Jump’s clients shortlisted for several awards this year, including: the BIFM Awards, the Better Society Awards, the Employee Benefits Awards, the Guardian University Awards, the Sustain Wales Awards and Edie’s Sustainability Leader’s Awards. Offering a sustainability and wellbeing employee engagement scheme at work is an innovative solution to improving your sustainability profile that is extremely rewarding for both employees and employers.

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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. 

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