A CLIMATE change group will be setting up camp at Reading Festival to encourage festival goers to go green.

Extinction Rebellion Reading (XRR) hope to engage in a creative campaign to try and protect the land from the party’s wasteful aftermath.

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Last year alone saw around 70,000 tents and brand-new camping equipment being left behind to be sent directly to landfill.

According to the group, an insignificant percentage was salvaged by homeless and refugee charities.

To make a difference, the environmental group is busy preparing to open their print station which they will run at the popular festival which begins on August 23.

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They are hoping young people will come and visit, get creative with a host of stamps and slogans, and share thoughts on the role young people must play in averting climate change.

People taking their camping equipment home will be the first positive step and the group hope that on Monday morning the seven campsites will show green grass rather than carnage associated with previous years.

Lucy Harding, co-ordinator of the campaign, said: “We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we will urge festivalgoers not to party at the expense of the Earth, which is in clear crisis.

“We are certain we will be pushing at an open door.”

XRR are working with Festival Republic on this campaign, and the Council has been approached to provide support through messages on their electronic traffic boards, and on the big screen at Reading Station.

All are optimistic that this year will see a cleaner Reading than ever before, with young people of the town setting an example of resistance to a global throwaway culture.

The climate change group will also be holding a public meeting where they will host the talk 'Heading for Extinction and What to do About it' at Reading International Solidarity Centre, London Street, on Sunday, September 1 from 3-5pm.