We had a lightbulb moment in 2018.
Our charity successfully organised multi-sport events for children for many years. But, as our participants and their families began to become more concerned about the environment and ethics, so did we. No longer would we import medals from 6000 miles away and provide stacks of single use plastic bottles of water.
Climate Change is real and we had to get real too.
We relaunched in 2019 as the Planet Earth Games, the world's first environmental-themed sports event. Our first ever community event in Devon was a great success and we refreshed our activities to include activities that connect people closer to the natural environment including plogging (that's picking up litter and jogging btw), paddleboarding and kayaking.
We passionately believe in the symbiotic relationship between the health of the planet and the health of people. After all, how can we best look after our health and wellbeing if we don't protect the environments we inhabit?
We are a charity buzzing with loads of new ideas and with real momentum. But the arrival of COVID-19 presented a unique challenge. How could we engage people into physical activity and taking action on climate change without being able to host our events?
Easy! We went "virtual"! Instead of hosting multiple events and the inevitable and unavoidable footprint, we made use of digital technology and created our own virtual challenges.
We gathered a rare coalition of partners from large corporate brands to kitchen table sole traders to public bodies to Olympic champions and community ambassadors - all with an interest in sustainable, active lives.
The result was incredible. We pulled together 44 challenges through August 2020 and have reached a much wider demographic of people than our traditional sports model of two years earlier.
Hundreds of families took part in challenges as diverse as cycling, walking, cooking, crafting, climbing trees, poetry, litter picking, mindfulness and so on. Together, they have discovered new activities and more sustainable habits...and had a lot of fun too.
We have the architecture in place and now we want to broaden our reach into more communities, workplaces and schools with a Winter Planet Earth Games to further nurture active, sustainable lifestyles in all our audiences.
Please help us to get this off the ground by sowing your seeds of support.