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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY TODAY

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MINISTERS SUPPORT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY...
MINISTERS SUPPORT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Environment secretary David Miliband and climate change minister Ian Pearson will be attending events to celebrate World Environment Day today.

Mr Miliband will be calling on football fans to recycle the 340 million drinks cans and bottles they will get through during the World Cup at the launch of the BIG Recycle.

'The amount of waste we recycle has doubled in the past four years.

And thanks to campaigns like this recycling is now one of the most recognisable forms of green living.

'With a combination of the public's enthusiasm, the hard work of local authorities and government's commitment to ensure there are the facilities, funding and structure in place, we should continue to progress toward the recycling culture many of our European neighbours enjoy.'

Mr Pearson will be making his contribution to a world record attempt being organised by the Environment Agency to set up the longest clothes line ever.

'Letting your washing dry naturally just once a week can make a real

difference: you'll use your tumble dryer less, reduce the amount of energy used, and cut carbon emissions as well as your electricity bill.

'Climate change is the biggest environmental threat we face. World Environment Day shows there are easy steps we can all take to play our part.'

Scottish Executive press release follows.

All Scots are being urged to make a promise for the environment on World Environment Day.

Encouraging people to 'sign up to a pledge', Environment Minister Ross Finnie said:

'Climate change is a reality. In recent weeks we have seen floods in the West of Scotland and the prospect of drought down south making headlines.

'Government and big business have a responsibility to reduce our contribution to climate change and adapt to its unavoidable impacts on our environment but each and everyone of us also has a responsibility.

'We hold our planet in trust and we have an obligation to do what we can to pass it on, with all its resources, to our children.

'That's why today I am asking every one in Scotland to make a promise for World Environment Day.

'Make as many of the promises below as you reasonably can you. I will be doing the same. By making these promises you will help to make a difference and learn to live differently so that we can promise all our children a better future.'

Ten Promises:

1. I promise to shower instead of bath

2. I promise to put a water saving device in my toilet cistern

3. I promise to turn the tap off when I brush my teeth

4. I promise to use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones

5. I promise to re-use bags when I go shopping

6. I promise to dry my washing on the line - not in the tumble dryer

7. I promise to boil only the water I need, rather than filling the kettle every time

8. I promise to share my car journeys to work with a colleague, cycle or replace those car journeys with public transport at least once a week

9. I promise to use a climate payback scheme to reduce the impact of any air travel I take

10. I promise to organise or volunteer for an environmental project in my local community

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