Eight in 10 Scots ‘could do more for environment’

Eight in 10 Scottish people could do more to care for the environment. That’s according to the Scottish Household Survey which also said around half of the people questioned admitted climate […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Eight in 10 Scottish people could do more to care for the environment.

That’s according to the Scottish Household Survey which also said around half of the people questioned admitted climate change is an urgent problem.

Following the results, the government has launched a campaign to encourage more people in Scotland to help tackle climate change.

It aims to raise awareness of how making greener and cleaner lifestyle choices is easier than people think.

The campaign suggests actions like washing clothes at a lower temperature, avoiding and recycling food waste, leaving the car at home to walk shorter journeys and turning the thermostat down by just 1°C.

Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod said: “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.

“Thanks to the efforts of everyone in Scotland, we have already cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 38% since 1990 – that’s three quarters of the way towards achieving our world-leading target of a 42% reduction by 2020.”