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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