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
Research, Development & Extension
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.