Brussels, 24 June–
Friends of the Earth Europe has warmly welcomed the groundbreaking Climate
Change Bill passed in Scotland today.
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) today voted for a target to reduce
greenhouse gases by 42 per cent by 2020 – the most ambitious statutory target
in the world.
The vote followed an overwhelming display of support for early action to cut
emissions from scientists, Scottish celebrities and campaigners who travelled to
the Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, to lobby their MSPs.
Friends of the Earth Europe's climate
campaign coordinator, Sonja Meister said: “With this law Scotland is leading the world in the
fight to tackle dangerous climate change. The emission cuts now required by law
in Scotland are the first in the world to be in line with what science tells us
“The EU should now follow Scotland’s lead and set equally ambitious targets to help get the international climate
negotiations on the right path.”
The Chief Executive of Friends of the
Earth Scotland, Duncan McLaren said: “Scotland played a leading role in the Industrial
Revolution, and now we can play a leading role in the transition to a low
carbon economy with new green jobs for the next generation.
“Climate justice and climate science tell
us we urgently need to make emission cuts of at least 42 per cent by 2020. The
technology exists to deliver them. The Scottish Government must now exercise
the political will to make it so.”
Scotland's Climate Change Bill comes in the same week that the Hungarian
parliament took a major step towards the realisation of a climate law. On
Monday evening Hungarian MPs adopted a resolution on the preparations of a
climate law initiated by the Friends of the Earth Hungary and the Hungarian
National Council for Sustainable Development.
Around Europe, Friends of the Earth groups are asking governments to commit to
annual cuts in climate changing emissions as part of the European Big Ask.
Friends of the Earth's Europe-wide climate campaign aims to get governments and
the European Union to commit to legally binding annual cuts in emissions to
fight climate change. The Big Ask calls on the European Union to commit to at
least 40 per cent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions within Europe by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2050.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
In Scotland: Corinne Evans, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Tel:
Iain Thom, Friends of
the Earth Scotland, Tel: +44-7730-609317
In Brussels: Sonja Meister,
Friends of the Earth Europe +49 176 64608 515 (German mobile)
or + 32 4849 75107 (Belgium mobile)
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. Friends of the Earth Scotland is a member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
(SCCS) which is a diverse, growing coalition of organisations campaigning on
climate change. The SCCS Coalition has 60 Scottish members, representing more
than 2 million supporters, ranging from environment and development groups to
faith organisations, trade unions, student societies, care providers and many
2. In December world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to negotiate an
international climate agreement expected to come into force when the first
phase of the Kyoto treaty expires in 2012.