Scots are being urged to undertake “mini missions” such as leaving the car at home to help fight climate change.
Greener Scotland – a division of the Scottish Government – said research showed almost two-thirds (63%) of Scots used the car every day for commuting to work, dropping the children off at school and shopping last year, according to statistics from the Scottish household survey 2017.
With almost a third (32%) of journeys under 1km made by car or van, it is launching the first in a series of mini missions calling on people to leave their vehicle at home for shorter journeys and walk to work more often.
It said this could save people up to £3,000 per year and help them become more active, creating a cleaner, greener, healthier Scotland.
The organisation has enlisted three social media influencers who have curated a “Walking Jams” Spotify playlist for people to listen to as they stroll along.
Lily Johnston (Lily Interrupted), Jojo Fraser (Mummy Jojo), and Alice Cruickshank (Twenty Something in the City) have chosen songs including She Moves in Her Own Way by The Kooks, We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe by Fun, and You Wanna Be Like Me by The Roov.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “Tackling climate change can seem like a daunting task, so launching ‘mini missions’ is all about making easy, simple changes to our daily lives to make a big impact.
“Our first mission is calling on Scots to leave their car for shorter journeys and walk more often.
“The Scottish Government is committed to reducing Scotland’s impact on the environment.
“Greener living will help to make Scotland a better place to be – cleaner air, warmer homes, less noise and pollution, as well as better health and fitness for everyone.
“By making simple everyday lifestyle changes today, we will go a long way towards helping Scotland fight the serious consequences of climate change.”