I recently attended a talk given by Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland, at ‘The Big Tent’ environmental festival. In his presentation Richard described the lobbying work that went into the creation of the developed world’s most progressive Climate Change legislation: The Climate Change (Scotland) Act. He explained “Scotland may be a small nation, but it has proved … that it is prepared to stand up and be counted. This new law sets a benchmark that every industrialised country will need to live up to. If Scotland can show this level of ambition then so can plenty of others.” With Scotland being in the news recently for its catastrophic banking blunders, it is good to be able to report on some good news for a change. I hope that the Scottish legislation provides some valuable leverage at the next round of climate talks in Copenagen later this year.