Carrie & Sheri ‘Everest’ the Chamonix VK

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Last month, Sheri and Carrie did something truly nuts: they hiked up Chamonix’s infamously gruelling Vertical Kilometre – ten times. In one day.

To put that in context, that’s like hiking up Snowdon eight times. Or up Primrose Hill 421 times. Or Everest, once.

Why?!  We caught up with them to ask exactly that.

So yes, both Carrie and Sheri are suckers for a challenge, and with no one having attempted to Everest Chamonix’s iconic VK before, the allure of the opportunity to bag a ‘first’ was tempting.

But they were also doing it for a wider cause.  With views of receding glaciers serving as daily reminders of climate change, and with Sheri soon to set off on Exxpedition, an all female sailing voyage with a focus on ocean plastics, plastics and our planet’s health were weighing heavily on their mind.

So they asked their friends and family to support them with a pledge for the planet. Simple.

Here’s a summary of the impact that they clocked up together:

  • 77 pledges made
  • 383 water bottles avoided through people pledging to do Tap it.
  • 201 coffee cups through You mug.

And they saved as much carbon as…

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As if 17 hours and 45 minutes of climbing wasn’t enough, Sheri’s already working on getting Carrie to commit to doing an Everest every year until they’re 70…! Watch this space!

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Do Nation’s 2018 Impact Report

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Today, on World Environment Day, I’m very happy to publish our latest impact report, digging into the impact Do Nation and all our users achieved in 2018.

Since we first launched our pledge platform, we’ve directly helped over 17,500 people to form new healthy and environmentally friendly habits – leading to savings of more than 3,500 tonnes of carbon each year. And as you can see in the impact report, 2018 was by far and away our most high-impact year to date, with a 46% increase in pledge numbers from the previous year.

In preparing this report, three things really stood out to me: Continue reading

Find your Climate Impact

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As more and more people have woken up to the climate emergency over the last few months, I’ve been asked time and time again “what’s the best thing I can do to help fight climate change?”.

In an attempt to help answer that question in the simplest possible way, I spent some time putting pen to paper, drawing out this decision tree in the lowest-tech way possible (on Earth Day, fittingly enough). I hope it’s helpful. Continue reading

B Corp pledge challenge: final impact

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Through the first 6 weeks of 2019, eight B Corps took part in our Pledge Challenge, battling to see who’s employees could make – and complete – the most pledges. Pledges to do things like donating unwanted clothes to charity, wasting less food, or taking shorter showers.

All small actions that together add up to make a big difference, for our own health and that of our planet.

We reported some stats about the pledged impact in February, and now that most pledges have come to an end, we are back with a summary of the confirmed impact.

Each pledge is to try an action out for two months; when that two months finishes, we ask users to report on how they got on (49% of users responded). From that data, as well as a deeper impact survey that they have the option of filling out at the end, we compiled the following data… Continue reading

B Corp Impact: B-ing The Change

As B Corp month draws to a close, we thought it was a good time to review the impact clocked up in our B Corp Pledge Challenge.

This January and February, people across eight B Corps were busy making pledges to ‘B The Change’ in their own personal lives. While their pledges are all still in progress – they have two months to try them out before then coming back to confirm how they got on – here’s a summary of the potential impact they could have together, if they’re successful*. Continue reading

Adam Quartermaine: Doer of the Month

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This is a guest blog from Adam Quartermaine, our latest Doer of the Month.

My name is Adam and I am secondary school teacher from Sheffield.

I think about climate breakdown a lot. It literally keeps me awake at night. I have always been environmentally minded and happy just to be “the change you want the world to see”. Continue reading

B Corp Pledge Challenge: the New Year’s edition.

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UPDATE: We’ve extended the deadline for signing up to 15th February!

For those of you who were at the B Corp retreat this summer, you’ll know that if it wasn’t for B Corps, Do Nation probably wouldn’t still be around. You’ll know how much I love working with businesses like you who share our passion and drive for using business as a force for good. And how when it comes to B Corps, it’s more true than ever that small actions add up to make a big difference.

That’s why I’ve decided to run another B Corp challenge this January, helping to build a sense of the movement’s impact with your staff, allowing all members of B Corp teams to feel like an active part of this amazing community.

What is the B Corp Pledge Challenge?

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Acting away worry and guilt

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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…!

We caught up with Katherine to hear about the ride and raising pledges… Continue reading