Time to talk climate policy
THE TFGA recently circulated its draft climate-change policy to members for feedback.
While many talk about climate change and what it will or won’t mean on a broader scale, most farmers recognise that the climate is changing definitively. We continue to see weather records broken, and more often than not these are not a positive.
For agriculture, adaptability is key but we cannot ignore the mitigation discussion. Agriculture has a role in the converLike sation about climate change, because in many ways we are one of the stakeholders with most skin in the game.
Agriculture intrinsically relies on our climate to maintain and improve production levels. If the conditions deteriorate then so do our businesses and our families’ futures.
I’ve said in this column on many occasions, the agricultural sector has extensive knowledge and experience in land management. Consequently, we can play a big role in addressing climate change. The TFGA believes there are three distinct but linked aspects to climate change agriculture needs to address:
• Reality – the science of real changes to climate, rainfall, temperature, and consequences for land management in the future;
• Policy – global, national and local actions to ‘do something’ about the pollution causing climate change (mitigation); and
• Adaption – actions taken to adapt to a changing climate.
The TFGA will continue to advocate for continued support of agricultural research, development and extension that furthers the knowledge of and mitigation for climate change on farms in Tasmania.
Priorities should include crop and grazing land management to boost soil carbon storage, restoring degraded land and energy efficiency – actions that are in line with the state’s AgriVision 2050 plan and complement the TFGA’s key policy areas, like biosecurity.
As we recognise the impact of climate change on our environment, we have come to understand the changes will further increase the likelihood of previously unseen species making their way here.
We need to have an urgent plan in place to mitigate any damage to Tasmania’s clean and green brand and image.
The biosecurity system should be a key focus of government and must be funded at appropriate levels.
We are urging all members to have their say on this draft policy before it goes through the final stages of our internal committees. For details call on 6332 1800 or email reception @tfga.com.au.