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Prince Charles makes Glasgow first stop on green tour

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Media captionPrince Charles saw some of Scotland's green projects at Glasgow Central Station

Prince Charles has started his week-long "green" rail tour of the UK in Glasgow were he visited an initiative promoting cycling.

It is part of his Start project, launched earlier this year, aimed at getting people to reduce waste and conserve energy.

The prince then travelled to Edinburgh where the city is hosting a two-day festival on sustainability.

He is using the Royal train, which is running on bio-diesel.

There have been some questions over the cost-effectiveness of his mode of travel.

Food, accommodation and travel on the train for the week will cost an estimated £50,000 in total.

Before boarding the Royal train, Prince Charles said: "What I hope to get across, to as many people as possible, is that however awful a predicament we face with climate change and the unsustainable use of the natural resources that keep us all alive, we aren't going to get anywhere by telling everyone what they need to stop doing.

"There's been quite enough of that in recent years and we all know what the reaction is.

"So this week is going to be about the things that we can all start doing for our own benefit, for the benefit of everyone who shares this planet with us and for the benefit of our children and their children too."

The prince also heard and watched a performance by school pupils from Hillhead High School jazz band.

Other stops on the tour include Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Carmarthen, Bristol and Todmorden, finishing in London on Friday.

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