Liberal Democrats on Kingston Council fully support Kingston Environment Group and the campaign to make Kingston a 'greener' place. This report is from the Kingston Council Press Office:
Schools, businesses and residents are being urged to join forces to help combat climate change and make Kingston a greener place in a week of action and events.
People can do their bit for the environment when Kingston’s sixth annual Paint the Town Green festival to raise awareness of environmental issues 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.
Paint the Town Green is organised by the Kingston Environment Group which includes Kingston Council and representatives from community groups and environmental organisations.
Kingston Environment Group co-chair Hilary Gander said:
“Everybody can do their bit to help Paint the Town Green. Lots of people and businesses across the borough already have taken action to reduce their carbon footprints, which is not only good for the environment but good for their pockets too by saving money and resources.
“Paint the Town Green will demonstrate what can be done if local efforts are joined up across the world. I encourage as many people, schools and businesses to sign up on our website now.”
For more information about what’s on and how to get involved, go to the Kingston Council website.