Aus­tralian drought-stricken farm­ers chal­lenge govern­ment’s cli­mate change stance in TV ad

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

“This drought has re­ally hit our fam­ily hard,” said Lon­greach farmer Jody Brown. “Cli­mate change is mak­ing the droughts more se­vere.”

Those two sen­tences are the open­ing lines to a new ad­ver­tise­ment chal­leng­ing the fed­eral govern­ment’s stance on cli­mate change and the drought in Aus­tralia’s east­ern states, ac­cord­ing to the­guardian.com.

The 30-sec­ond ad will be­gin air­ing on com­mer­cial chan­nels this week and will be beamed into po­lit­i­cally im­por­tant sub­ur­ban ar­eas of Aus­tralia’s three largest cap­i­tal cities dur­ing the NRL grand fi­nal on 30 Septem­ber.

The ad­ver­tise­ment has been paid for by the Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tion Foun­da­tion and fea­tures Brown, a sheep and cat­tle farmer who runs a 45,000 acre prop­erty 65km south of Lon­greach in cen­tral west Queensland.

Brown is a fourth-gen­er­a­tion grazier whose fam­ily prop­erty has been af­fected by drought.

“We need to stick to the Paris agree­ment, we need to stop burn­ing coal and we need to com­mit to more re­new­able en­ergy,” she said.

The cam­paign comes af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son, de­scribed the drought as his high­est pri­or­ity but said the con­ver­sa­tion about the con­nec­tion be­tween drought and cli­mate change should be left ‘for an­other day’.

Last week hun­dreds of farm­ers and their sup­port­ers ral­lied out­side Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra de­mand­ing ac­tion on cli­mate change.

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