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Environment / Council’s climate change event to help people reduce carbon footprint

A sign held aloft at a climate strike in Lerwick in September. Photo: P. Johnson/Shetland News

ADVICE and information on saving energy, greener travel and funding will be on offer at a climate change event in Lerwick tomorrow (Saturday).

Staff from Shetland Islands Council’s carbon management team will be on hand to answer questions at the Islesburgh Community Centre between 2pm and 5pm.

It comes during Scotland’s climate change week, with the event aiming to help people to make changes in their lives to minimise waste and reduce their carbon footprint.

Council staff will advise on saving energy and sources of grants and loans to help fund home and business improvements.

Advice on waste, waste minimisation and recycling will also be available at the event, as well as information on electric car charging points.

Anyone thinking of buying an electric car can find out more about grant funding for a home charge point, while attendees will get a chance to look at electric bikes.

Chairman of the council’s environment and transport committee Ryan Thomson said: “The Scottish Government has recently set a target of 2045 for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases for Scotland.

“To achieve this, we all need to act and I hope that households and businesses throughout Shetland will play their part too.

“We need to transform society to make a difference to our climate by being more sustainable in everything we do. This local event during Scotland’s Climate Change week will provide help and information that I hope people will find helpful.”

The event comes amid increasing pressure on Shetland Islands Council to join other local authorities across the UK in declaring a climate emergency.

The council has repeatedly responded by saying that a plan of action needs to be in place before any statement can be made.