The Friends of the Earth office in Haiti has been destroyed by the earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday.

Reports from Haiti have revealed that although the Director Aldrin Calixte is safe, several staff are currently unaccounted for.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Chief Executive Duncan McLaren said: “We at Friends of the Earth Scotland are as distraught by the catastrophic events in Haiti as we know all Scots will be. We are especially concerned about our colleagues in Friends of the Earth Haiti (Haiti Survie), whose offices were among the buildings destroyed.

“We support the Friends of the Earth International’s call for solidarity funds, and will be doing all we can to assist our Haitian friends to make sure they can continue with their work, which will be even more urgent in the aftermath of this disaster.

“Small islands like Haiti are very vulnerable to climate change and the extensive deforestation of the country has made the impacts of the quake even worse. Friends of the Earth Haiti’s main campaigns over the last two years have focussed on desertification and reforestation.”

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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.

Haiti earthquake: call for solidarity funds