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Barclays is celebrating World Environment Day, which takes place annually on 5 June, with a series of events across the Group.

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The activities, which will be organised over the weekend and next week, are aimed at helping to raise awareness of environmental issues and highlighting Barclays continued commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

UK Retail Banking (UKRB) and Barclays Corporate are jointly organising Eco Week, a campaign to enable colleagues to find out what they can do at home and at work to reduce their impact on the climate.

The initiative, which starts on Monday, 7 June, will focus on the five themes of energy, waste and recycling, paper, water and green travel.

It will also include roadshows where colleagues will have the opportunity to meet representatives from global environmental organisation WWF, local councils, local wildlife trusts and water companies. The roadshows will be organised in six Barclays sites across the UK, including Westwood Park in Coventry, Millshaw Court in Leeds and One Snowhill in Birmingham.

Barclaycard is marking World Environment Day with an eco quiz, encouraging colleagues to answer a series of questions to assess their level of environmental awareness. Colleagues are also provided with a number of tips, including getting a complimentary home energy use check from the UK’s Energy Saving Trust, to help them reduce their energy use and save money.

To commemorate the event, Barclays Uganda will partner with the country’s National Forest Authority in a reforestation initiative.

Colleagues in Barclays Kenya are also taking part in tree planting campaigns across the country.

Meanwhile, Barclays Capital organises environmental awareness sessions in London, New York and Singapore throughout the year, offering colleagues the opportunity to learn more about its progress on environmental issues.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. The event this year, entitled ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future’, coincides with the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. Thousands of activities, including beach clean-ups, concerts, exhibits and community events, are being organised worldwide to commemorate the event.

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