Why small actions matter in the battle against climate change

The Paris Agreement was a momentous landmark achievement, there’s little dispute over that. But it alone won’t solve the climate crisis, the 2°C (or even 1.5°C) target is still a long way off. That is even less disputed.

But one thing’s clear: if we’re to get there, it’s going to take us all.

We all need to act.

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Ten tips on behaviour change – keeping it brief

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Last month, I hosted a session for Bristol Big Green Week where I covered ten tips for running a successful behaviour change campaign. It was a big success (I think).

I had been pretty nervous that people would regret getting out of bed early only to hear me rambling through a list of things that were second nature to them. But thankfully, I think my fears were unfounded. It seemed that people found the tips genuinely useful (and, at times, even a little amusing).

So I asked Nick to write them up into a quick blog that we could share out later that day.

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Five lessons we learnt at LearnFest

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A couple of weeks ago, Rich and I packed our bags and headed off to a festival, ahem, conference, like no other: LearnFest.

Three days of learning and adventuring on the banks of Lake Windermere was a recipe for fun – especially when you throw in the seriously diverse group of people we were with, ranging from bankers and car-makers to reggae teachers and mountain climbers.

Here are a few things we took from it…

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People Power

Scaling mountains to reach higher impact

In the last few days, several things have set my mind racing. I think there’s something there, and I want to share it, to put my tangle of excited thoughts into words. But I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that I can. Let’s give it a go.

I’ve had my head down and deep into the business for a while now, focusing on developing our team, the website, and our sales pipeline. Making sure that we’re doing everything we can to deliver a solid service, helping our clients to get their employees doing good as easily and effectively as possible. Continue reading

Everything changes but you

Oomph seminars logoThe title of this blog is borrowed from a famous Take That song. Unfortunately, they weren’t really writing about behaviour change, but the title sums up the challenge we face when trying to change our behaviour. With all the internal and external conflicts (even greater than those faced by Take That themselves) pulling against what we know we should do, it often means everything changes but you. Continue reading

Making Sustainable Resolutions for 2015

ditch new years resolutions day I’m barely thinking about Christmas yet so it seems strange to be talking about New Year. But now is a great time to be thinking about resolutions and how they can tie neatly to your personal, work and sustainable living goals. After the Christmas binge we all feel guilty about being unhealthy, the amount we have spent and our effect on the planet and this is why millions of us make resolutions for the upcoming year.

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Changing behaviours

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It’s been over three years since I embarked on creating The DoNation: three long, exhausting, and often scary years.

But three exciting and seriously fulfilling years too. Nothing makes my work more worthwhile than hearing feedback from our Doers, and so sifting through our latest survey results last week was a strangely enjoyable task. Continue reading