Farmers from around Australia are calling for strong action on climate change to protect future generations of Australian farmers and rural communities.
Mid-May saw more than 30 members of Farmers for Climate Action meet in person to draw up plans for the rapidly growing advocacy group. Among them were farmers from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, with most commodities represented.
Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said FCA supporters wanted to protect food production for all Australians, and make sure farming stayed viable.
“87.74percent of Queensland is currently drought declared, while WA has faced one of the driest ever starts to the season. Conditions across Australia are changing and farmers are feeling the brunt”
“The very seasons and conditions that farmers rely on to produce our food and our fibre are becoming less predictable, and that spells trouble not only for agriculture but for anyone who needs to put food on the table,” Mrs Morgan-Schmidt said.
“Our supporters aren’t going to wait around and watch things worsen. They are determined to make changes on their properties that make their own operations more sustainable, and profitable in the long-term. They also want to see the broader industry, and all levels of government, doing the same because all of us have a responsibility.”
“We have seen a dramatic increase in the evaporation rate making ground water very unreliable for stock over the past four springs and summers. Farmers are spending a lot of money improving their operations - including upgrading stock water systems, sowing vigorous deep rooted perennial pastures and changing grazing and cropping patterns so they can get through the extended hot dry spells that we are seeing and will no doubt see more of in the future” said Mrs Morgan-Schmidt
Mrs Morgan-Schmidt said the organisation was planning to rapidly grow their membership and strengthen their presence in regional Australia within the next 12 months, and encouraged all farmers to get involved.