Acting away worry and guilt

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View of the Bossons Glacier above Chamonix Mont Blanc

It’s 8am Monday morning. 8th October. The headlines of the IPCC’s latest stark report on the state of climate change are running through my head, while the sound of rocks falling and ice cracking are ringing through my ears. As I sit and gaze out at the tongue of the mighty Bossons Glacier, having run up here to digest the news and clear my head, tears well in my eyes.

What are we doing to this beautiful planet of ours? Why is it taking so long for everyone to wake up and act? Continue reading

Katherine Horsham: July’s Doer of the Month

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Katherine Horsham is our latest Doer of the Month, after raising 27 pledges in support of her Ride London cycle sportive on 29th July. Katherine lives in London, working in community building and volunteering while looking after her two re-homed guinea pigs, Jaffa Cake and Fudge Brownie. If only she’d taken them on the ride with her…!

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Robbie Sutherland: June’s Doer of the Month

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This post was originally published by MAD Challenges. We think it’s pretty great.

#my_handprint is a series by MAD Challenges, talking about all the things we can do to help the environment, not stopping at despairing over all the ways our carbon footprint harms it. In this episode, meet Robbie Sutherland. He raised 107 carbon reducing pledges from 37 sponsors, earning the title of Doer of the Month for June. Read on for his thoughts on his challenge, the Mad Seat, and sustainability:

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Roberta and Pete’s wedding pledges

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Roberta & Pete Eardland, a sustainability consultant and ocean scientist, respectively, tied the knot last month – but that’s not all we need to congratulate them on!

They also earned the title of Doer of the Month thanks to their friend’s generous ‘wedding pledges’, together pledging to save almost 5 tonnes of carbon. I caught up with Roberta to find out more…

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Rachel Shuttleworth does the Southampton Half Marathon

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People marked last month’s Earth Day in many different ways, but Rachel Shuttleworth particularly caught our eye – and earned the title of April’s Doer of the Month in the process. On 22nd April, she ran her first ever half marathon, raising  34 pledges in support – pledges to take action for the environment instead of donating cash. After all, the environment needs action more than it needs cash.

We caught up with Rachel to hear a bit more about her story. Continue reading

Case study: Pukka Herbs’ employee pledge challenge

pukka-shelf-campaign-english croppedI often think we ought to prepare case studies for more of our client programmes here at Do Nation – there are so many great stories of impact and engagement to share. But in reality, there just isn’t the time. Delivering the service has got to come first.

But Pukka’s programme was one that I couldn’t let slip by unnoticed. Download the case study here.

It began late afternoon one Monday back in September 2016, when I got a call from Vicky Murray, Sustainability Manager at Pukka Herbs – she wanted to launch a company-wide pledge challenge on Do Nation – that Friday. Would that be possible? Continue reading

Interview with a Doer: Paul McLaughlin

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Paul McLaughlin is Secretary at the Edinburgh University Futsal Club, and recently led a phenomenally successful campaign to encourage club members and friends to make pledges as part of the Do Edinburgh challenge – raising 525 pledges in one month!  Here he shares the story behind creating this whopping impact.

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Theo’s 1st Birthday: Doer of the Month

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January’s Doer of the Month is by far and away our youngest yet: he’s just one year old! Being the pioneering eco warrior he is, for his first birthday Theo Hemmings asked for pledges instead of presents.

Ok, given Theo can’t speak yet, it was his mother Melanie who really earned the title – and the year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s (sorry Theo – not for you!).

Here Melanie, full time mum of three from Woking, tells her story…

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