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Farmers for Climate Action – the next steps

Here at Farmers for Climate Action, we know that farmers and our rural communities stand at the frontline of climate change.

The stories of our farmers are the metaphorical canaries in the coalmine. For those surveying frost ravaged crops, standing amidst the crumpled remains of sugar cane after a severe cyclone and mustering stock on dry cracking plains, climate change is not an abstract idea or an issue that can be ignored.

There’s no time to lose in figuring out how agriculture can meet the challenging and uncertain times ahead. But, where to start? Our network involves more than 2000 Australian farmers representing all commodities include wool producers, dairy farmers, beef producers, cotton farmers, cereal production, horticulturalists and even Australia’s renowned wine growers.

Each have their own priorities, challenges and solutions. Yet when a representative group got together this month to discuss priorities it wasn’t difficult to see where our focus should lie.

There’s no time to lose in figuring out how agriculture can meet the challenging and uncertain times ahead.
Verity Morgan-Schmidt, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action

We are calling upon the Federal Government to take immediate action to cut fossil fuel emissions and to tackle climate change in order to preserve Australian farming for future generations.

Verity Morgan-Schmidt is the newly appointed CEO of Farmers for Climate Action. Hear her message below.

We also recognize that the best way to meet with challenging and uncertain times - including climate change, extreme weather events, and droughts and natural disasters - is through the promotion of strong and resilient regional communities and a thriving agricultural sector. That’s why we are committed to:

Bringing Carbon & Biodiversity Back into the Landscape

  • Australia’s agricultural soils are severely depleted, with organic matter down as low as 0.5percent in some areas.
  • Farmers for Climate Action supports farmers to be part of the solution on climate change by sequestering carbon in our soils and using regenerative and innovative farming practices to bring Australian soils back to life. This approach is a win for the environment, a win for the atmosphere and a win for Australian farmers.
  • Australian farmers manage approximately 50 percent of Australia’s landmass. Farmers for Climate Action support farmers who are restoring biodiversity and preserving eco-system services in the landscape.
  • Farmers for Climate Action is supportive of farmers being recognized for their contributions in tackling climate change, understanding that rewarding farmers as responsible and restorative land custodians is an important part of ensuring strong, environmentally conscious rural communities.

Energy Transformation

  • Farmers for Climate Action is committed to promoting a transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy with a focus on ensuring that regional communities are significant beneficiaries.
  • Farmers for Climate Action is working with other key stakeholders to improve the use of renewable energy in rural and regional Australia

Research, Development & Extension

  • Climate change adaptation is essential to ensuring resilient communities and a thriving agricultural sector.
  • Farmers for Climate Action is working with farmers, some of Australia’s top scientists and connecting with agricultural RDCs to identify priority research areas.

Farmers for Climate Action

In all this, we are determined to put the voices of Australian farmers front and centre in developing climate solutions. Farmers for Climate Action are active in the areas of policy and advocacy and are pursuing an ambitious outreach strategy to engage rural Australia.

As associate members of the National Farmers Federation, Farmers for Climate Action is committed to supporting a prosperous and sustainable rural Australia and strengthening the agricultural industry across all states and territories.

The louder and stronger our voices, the easier it will be for decision-makers to hear what we have to say. Help us to protect Australian farming for future generations, and ensure farmers have their voices heard on the national stage, by getting involved: www.farmersforclimateaction.org.au / Twitter: @farmingforever / Facebook: Australian Farmers for Climate Action.

Verity Morgan-Schmidt is the newly appointed CEO of Farmers for Climate Action. Originally, a farm girl from the sheep and wheat country of Western Australia, she is a former Executive Officer for WA Farmers Federation and worked at Elders Ltd, including a stint at the National Wool Selling Centre in Victoria.

Farmers for Climate Action is an Associate Member of the National Farmers' Federation.

Verity Morgan-Schmidt, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action
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    Maybe Ian McClintock should read some Real Science at RealClimate.org written by Real Physicists.

    I am sure Verity Morgan-Schmidt and members of the ‘Farmers for Climate Action’ are well-meaning, unfortunately they are also clearly wrong. An understanding of the physics of greenhouse gasses discloses the fact that carbon dioxide is a minor, very weak greenhouse gas, it has no permanent dipole and effectively operates over only a very small part of the infra-red radiation spectrum (the relevant ‘heat ray’ area), one already dominated by water vapour, the major greenhouse gas. In addition, it is commonly assumed that the current increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is predominately the result of man burning fossil fuels. This is also incorrect. There is a time lag of some hundreds of years after the globe warms before atmospheric carbon dioxide naturally increases, with good evidence and science to explain why (Henry’s Law). According to the latest IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) AR5 Report, 95.7% of the current increase is from natural causes with only 3.8% from fossil fuels and .5% from land use change. It is therefore not logical or tenable to claim, as the IPCC do, that man’s relatively insignificant contribution of carbon dioxide (etc.) to the atmosphere is the principal cause of the warming. It simply cannot and is not. On the other hand the significant advantages of increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to farmers (and all plants and all biota including mankind) is completely overlooked. Why? If the fundamental underlying premise behind ‘climate change’ or anthropogenic global warming as postulated by the IPCC is incorrect, the flow-on assumptions are also incorrect. The Farmers for Climate Action position is clearly at odds with the best interests of farmers. They and the NFF need to carefully reconsider their position, based on facts, evidence and good science.

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