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Scottish Government urges people to ‘go greener’

Words: Laura Edgar

A new Scottish Government campaign encourages Scots to help fight climate change.

The government’s message is “saving the world isn’t just for movies”.

The campaign comes after recent surveys suggest that around half of Scots acknowledge that climate change is an “immediate and urgent problem”, with eight in 10 saying they could do more.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of how making greener and cleaner lifestyles are easier than people think, such as by washing clothes at a lower temperature and recycling food waste.

Climate change minister Aileen McLeod said Scotland has already cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 38 per cent since 1990, which, she continued, is three-quarters of the way towards achieving the country’s target of a 42 per cent reduction by 2020.

“But we must all do more to reduce the impact we have on the environment – and making a greener lifestyle choice can be easier than people think. Simply washing your clothes at a lower temperature, avoiding food waste and recycling, leaving the car at home to walk shorter journeys, or even turning your thermostat down by just one degree, can all help Scotland tackle climate change.

“These small actions, if repeated across all Scottish households, would be a highly positive collective step forward. Through this campaign, we hope to inspire more Scots to contribute in making Scotland a cleaner, greener place to live now and in the future.”

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