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. EU offers tips on cutting greenhouse gases

by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) May 29, 2006
The European Commission launched a campaign on Monday to raise awareness about climate change and show Europeans what they can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Households produce 16 percent of EU greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for global warming, and the campaign aims to encourage people to bring them down.

"Each of us has a role to play in bringing down emissions," said EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas. "Doing the right thing is not as difficult as it seems."

The "You control climate change" campaign, with a budget of some 4.7 million euros (six million dollars), offers citizens around 50 tips and advises them to: "Turn down. Switch off. Recycle. Walk."

The hints range from turning heating down by one degree Celcius to avoiding leaving televisions, stereos and computers on stand-by mode.

The campaign, to be advertised on television and in the print media, will also see statues in EU capitals dressed in T-shirts bearing its slogan.

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