Guess what came just moments after … ‘Your Waverley’ agreed its new Mental Health & Suicide Strategies at last night’s Executive?
A proposal to join the ‘Take The Jump’ Campaign.
Then … hard on its heels the EXECUTIVE – (Waverley’s portfolio heads) agreed – ‘To Take The Jump’ actually – more like a ‘Giant Leap’ and recommend joining forces with Guildford Borough Council. Including sharing offices, staff, and functions. Is that the sound of rapidly approaching redundancies we hear?? The Full Council will have the final say on July 6… (post to follow).
The Take the JUMP Campaign (TTJ)based on the findings of recent independent research “The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°c World”, is a study carried out by the University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and Arup.
The research determined how global emissions must be reduced to ensure global warming is kept to international agreed safe levels of 1.5°c. It explores the impact that urban consumption has on global greenhouse gas emissions and assesses what individuals, businesses, and governments can do to reduce consumption-based emissions within cities and beyond.
Er, just a thought? Has anyone had this conversation with China or India or a dozen other countries we could mention?
The research led to the creation of “TTJ” by founders Tom Bailey, Ben Hewitt, and Tom Edmonds who have 15 volunteers working on Social Media, JUMP Community Outreach, and Systems.
But never mind, that hasn’t stopped the council’s EXECUTIVE agreeing to recommend to the Full Council that Waverley residents be encouraged to ‘Take The Jump?’
“Ashamed to be a part of a council that is bringing this in front of us – Is this a dream world? Is this a joke, he asked?”
The initiative would encourage organisations within the public, private and voluntary sectors in Waverley to roll out a ‘Take the Jump’ seminar to their employees/members and encourage them to promote the National ‘TTJ’ launched in June. It would then run an awareness-raising campaign to inform Waverley staff and councillors. Following which they would be invited to make at least one shift in the way that they eat, travel and shop.
What we, at the Waverley Web want to know is how much it’s going to cost the Council Tax Payer to roll out this promotion and run an awareness-raising campaign … or has ‘Your Waverley’ discovered a magic money tree within the grounds of The Burys that it’s not letting on about?!
Apparently The Jump – who in God’s name came up with such a ridiculous name which in these angst-ridden times will have mental health charities all over the country up in arms?! – supports the evidence that whilst the government maintains responsibility for making strategic and potentially radical changes to reduce the impact of climate change, individuals and communities could make a difference by making just SIX shifts in behaviour while still living a fulfilled life. Ye Gods, will these do-gooders never give up haranguing us?
The six shifts suggested for your behavioural change are outlined below:
Take a deep breath (it is still allowed – unless of course, you live near Farnham Town Centre where it is ill-advised due to the toxic fumes from stationary traffic!) Because we will say this… only once!
1. End clutter: Keep products for at least 7 years
That’s easy. All we need to do is give up importing all Chinese products and begin manufacturing our own products here in the UK again. Oops! We forgot! We have no manufacturing base in the UK anymore and, even if we did, we can’t export our own products because we’ve left the EU and they won’t let us.
On the plus side: no more dodgy Chinese kettles; Chinese garden furniture (that is even worse to assemble than an IKEA wardrobe!) we could go on and on and on … but you get the gist!
2. Eat healthy: Move over to a plant-based diet. No waste, healthy amount
Er, what about our farmers? All very well for the arable farmers but what about pastoral farming? It will be dead in the water – excuse the pun! Meanwhile, no doubt we’ll continue to import lamb and beef from Australia and the Far East. Is Take The Jump a joke – in very poor taste – about the suicide rates amongst farmers, who are 46% more likely than workers in other industries to take their own lives?
NB: Food miles calculator. As the crow flies it’s 10,554 miles if you import beef from Australia to the UK, so how does that equate with the Green Agenda?
3. Holiday local: Only one flight every three years.
So we all get out our bucket and spades and drive down to Cornwall and Devon – where we’re not wanted and the locals mutter under their breath about Emmets & Grockles and Covid. Insulting or what? Still, it beats being called a Gringo or a Frangi! Or we could go to our very own Frensham Ponds and contribute to the traffic chaos and the litter mountain there?
4. Dress fresh: Only three new items of clothing a year.
There’s nothing fresh about only buying three new items of clothing per year! Are we allowed to buy a pair of socks and a pair of pants or does that count as four items? And we thought it was only the French who wore their undies two days in a row! Still, no problem for Cllr |Andy Macleod he says he has enough clothes to last him the rest of his life.
5. Travel Well:
Eschew personal vehicles. If you must travel by car you should switch to an electric vehicle.
Yep! You need to trade in your 1992 Nissan Micra and get on your bike or, if you really, really, really must have a car you can invest in a new electric Nissan Leaf – the cheapest electric car on the market at a mere £29,790! (Including a £2,500 government incentive). No problem! We’ll take two on the ‘never-never’, Simples!
6. Change the system:
Make at least one life shift to change the system – this could be changing your energy provider to a green supplier or reducing your household emissions.
At last, something we can all do without too much hassle: STOP FARTING! Although that could be challenging for those who’ve moved to a plant-based diet!
Here at the Waverley Web, we have a much better idea. We’d tell Waverley BC to take a running jump and stop wasting Council Tax Payer’s hard-earned dosh on Nanny State-type initiatives pointing out the flaming obvious.
We all know civil servants are encouraged to think the British public are stupid and can’t work out anything for themselves but, given the country is facing the biggest deficit since the second world war (the debts of which we’ve only just paid off some 77 years later!), we’d rather they spent our money on the elderly, the young, the deprived and the vulnerable in the Borough rather than teaching us how to suck eggs!
As so eloquently said by Cllr Kika Mirylees :
“I believe the general public may say – Who the hell do they think they are patronising us. I fear they may find this alien to them and say Oh My God is this really what Waverley is recommending?’
However, we should point out that Cllr Mirylees, voted for the recommendation. We apologise to her for not pointing this out in our earlier post.
TAKE THE JUMP (Pages 95 – 100)