Commenting on the announcement that the First Minister will be going to the climate talks in Copenhagen, Juliet Swann Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“Scotland is already leading the way internationally with our target to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020. The kind of partnership working demonstrated by this co-operation with the Maldives, one of the countries which stands to suffer most from the impacts of climate change, is an exciting initiative that should be followed by other developed countries.

“Friends of the Earth Scotland welcomes the First Minister’s plans to travel to Copenhagen and hope he is successful in communicating the urgent need for other rich nations to make the kind of commitments to tackling climate change that we have made in Scotland.”

For further information and to arrange interviews with Friends of the Earth Scotland from Copenhagen please contact:

Davina Shiell, Press Office, Friends of the Earth Scotland

T: 0131 243 2719

Notes to editors

1. Read the Scottish Government news release

2. Friends of the Earth Scotland is the country’s leading independent environmental campaigning organisation, and is the only organisation in Scotland that is working for environmental justice, campaigning for the planet and its people. www.foe-scotland.org.uk