Kelpies among Scots landmarks to go green for climate change

The Kelpies were lit up in green. Picture: Contributed

The Kelpies were lit up in green. Picture: Contributed

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SOME of the most iconic landmarks in Scotland turned green in a show of support to tackle climate change.

The Kelpies sculpture at the Helix was lit up, while the Usher Hall and Jenners in Edinburgh city centre also went green for 24 hours to back a new Scottish Government campaign to raise awareness of the increasing threat on the environment.

Jenners turned green to support the campaign. Picture: Greg Macvean

Jenners turned green to support the campaign. Picture: Greg Macvean

The national campaign, launched this month, encourages Scots to play their part to help fight climate change and follows a recent survey which revealed that around half of people living in Scotland acknowledge climate change is an immediate and urgent problem – and eight in ten could do more to care for the environment.

The campaign highlights how Scots can take action by washing clothes at a lower temperature, avoiding and recycling food waste, leaving the car at home to walk shorter journeys and turning their thermostat down by just one degree.

Across Scotland, the Kelpies near Falkirk and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow were also bathed in green light throughout yesterday.

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod said: “It’s fantastic to see so many of Scotland’s iconic landmarks coming together to show their support in the fight against global climate change. We all have a role to play in reducing the impact we have on the environment – and by taking a few simple actions, we can all play our part.

The Usher Hall turned green to support the campaign. Picture: Greg Macvean

The Usher Hall turned green to support the campaign. Picture: Greg Macvean

“Simply washing your clothes at a lower temperature, avoiding and recycling food waste, leaving the car at home to walk shorter journeys or even turning your thermostat down by just one degree, can all help.

“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. After all, saving the world isn’t just for the movies.”

The national campaign launched on TV and online last Monday. To find out how you’re doing in your attempts to live a green lifestyle and what you can do more of to help Scotland fight climate change visit {http://www.greener

scotland.org/climatechange|greenerscotland.org/climatechange|Link to site}

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