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Go green for Climate Week Challenge
A range of green events has been lined up next week as Aberdeen City Council takes on the Climate Week Challenge.
More than 130,000 people in schools and workplaces take part each year in the Climate Week Challenge, Britain's biggest environmental competition.
The Climate Week Challenge is an exciting activity for teams of four to six people of any age. It helps develop creativity, innovation and enterprise, team-working skills and experience of tackling real-life environmental issues to a deadline.
The council's Cut Your Carbon campaign aims to reduce the authority's energy, waste, water and resource consumption.
Events planned by the council include:
an email relay in which library staff will create an environmentally-themed story by each adding a line or two and forwarding it round the team to create a short story;
a climate related book display for the public and staff at the Central Library; schools challenges at Cornhill, Walker Road, Kirkhill, Braehead, Holy Family, Airyhall and Charleston primary schools and Bridge of Don Academy.
a swap station has been launched at Marischal College to make the best use of stationery resources. Staff will leave unwanted stationery at the swap station and colleagues can take it for use in their jobs, saving unnecessary waste and expenditure. The scheme has been extended to include a book swap;
drop-in sessions to help staff find out how to use the video-conferencing facilities at Marischal College have been arranged. Video-conferencing can help to save time and money spent on travelling, as well as reducing carbon emissions;
Dr Astley Hastings of the University of Aberdeen will give a lunchtime talk, entitled Climate Change Present Day to 2080. Potential Impact on the Aberdeenshire Environment. Dr Hastings will present three greenhouse gas emissions scenarios for the Aberdeen area and discuss the implications for us and our environment.
For more information about the Climate Week Challenge visit www.climateweek.com/challenge/