Kingston Council to paint the town green

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By adam_leone | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 11:31

Schools, businesses and individuals are being urged to come together to paint the town green.

It's an environmental campaign aimed at tackling climate change.

A number of events are being laid on to show people the benefits of greener living.

The festival coincides with a nationwide Climate Week campaign from 4-10 March.

A Big Switch Off will see local businesses including shops, banks and restaurants turn off lights and equipment when they close at night and at weekends.

Businesses are also being asked to make a Green Pledge to reduce their impact on the environment by agreeing to take simple steps including saving energy, recycling more, encouraging staff to cycle to work and cutting down on disposable bags.

Schools are being asked to hold assemblies on the same day (7 March) when pupils can debate what their schools can do for the environment and to tackle climate change.

Residents too can pledge to take steps to help the borough reduce its overall environmental impact, including drinking tap water rather than bottled water, turning down the central heating by one degree, using public transport instead of the car and eating less red meat.

For more information about what's on and how to get involved, go to www.kingston.gov.uk/paint_the_town_green.htm.

For more information about Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com/.

What are you doing to save the planet? Leave your comments below.

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