Ride the Rollercoaster of Change

When my mum was seven months pregnant with me, she accidentally went on a stomach-churning, womb-turning fairground ride. You could say that after that, I was born ready for the rollercoaster ride of life. But not even that pre-birth training prepared me for the emotional rollercoaster which was the last two weeks.

Ride the Change – our community driven cycle ride for climate action – has really been testing my limits. After the enormous success of last year’s inaugural cycle from London to Glasgow, we were eager to build Ride the Change into an annual pre-COP event. But were we going to be able to make it happen, or weren’t we?

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Do Nation partners with Ride to Zero! 

Do Nation has joined forces with sustainability ambassador Ali Abdo to support his record-breaking, awareness-raising electric bike ride to COP27.

We are so excited to announce Do Nation as the chosen platform partner to support the world record attempt for the longest journey by electric motorbike!

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Action Leaders Q&A: Vineeta Greenwood, Wholegrain Digital

Vineeta Greenwood, our first Action Leader

Welcome to Do Nation’s Action Leaders; a celebration of the people in our communities who are leading by doing.

Do Nation is here to help keep global heating under 2 degrees, and limit devastating impact on communities near and far. For this we need radical optimism, imagination and action.

Thought leaders help push society forward, but they’re 10 a penny.
What we need now is Action Leaders.

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February Do Action-Action Plan

Here’s February!

Fairtrade fortnight, World Wetlands Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Winter Olympics, there’s even a Pokemon Day on the 27th (go walking?). It’s a busy month.

Let’s pack it with positive, everyday climate action.

Whether you’re more sustainable than an edible coffee cup, or brand new to sustainable living, let our Do Actions help you and your community take positive steps to a better future.

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How to choose fair trade products and services

Mmmmm… chocolate

Did you know the average Brit eats 7,560 chocolate bars in a lifetime? Did you also know that the average female coca farmer is paid just 23p a day

Time for a change, eh?
Whether it’s Fairtrade fornight, or you just need some more tea bags, fair trade and ethical products are widely available.

To help you navigate your way towards a kinder shopping basket, here’s our round up of fair trading certifications.  

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Stories of climate progress from 2021

Rewilding in Scotland

It can be easy to feel hopeless in the face of climate change. But don’t be glum chum. There’s hope in every corner, you just need to know where to look.

Here’s our round up just some of the climate-related good news stories from 2021, and the Do Actions that celebrate them.

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COP26 series: Active travel and climate pledges

While the world watches COP26 with varying degrees of trepidation and optimism, Transport Day gave us pause to reflect on Ride the Change to COP26; a social bike ride that saw 175 cyclists pedal from London to Glasgow to show that climate action matters.

Straight up, we think bicycles are brilliant. We need a lot more active travel, sustainable transport infrastructure and affordable slow travel – pronto. Ride the Change showed us that bikes can be more than a mode of transport. They’re a symbol of change.

Read on and see the impact of Ride the Change so far, and see how the heroic riders inspired active travel and climate pledges along the way.

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COP26 series: How SSE powers everyday climate action with Do Nation

SSE entered Do Nation’s metaphorical HQ (we’re fully remote) back in April 2021 looking for a programme that could help connect and engage employees with their net zero strategy and partnership with COP26.

Julia Chalmers led the charge and, with a helping hand from the Do Team, designed a brilliantly successful engagement programme. Let’s find out how they did it.

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Look to this day: reflections on our 10 year journey to Ride the Change

Back in August 2006, my friend Pippa died whilst taking a shower, while travelling in Morocco.

Pippa was the kind of person who really grabbed life with both hands. She was someone who threw herself into every opportunity that came her way with energy and grace. She was a supportive friend who cared for others and really made the most out of life. 

This year marks Do Nation’s 10th Anniversary, and as I reflect back on the journey we’ve been on, inspiring climate action amongst 10,000s of people, I can’t help but think of Pippa, and the pivotal role she’ll never know she’s played. It’s a part of our story I haven’t often voiced, but it’s one that I want to share now. 

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