Farm­ers cel­e­brated over cli­mate change

The Oban Times - - FARM­ING -

TWENTY-TWO farm­ers from across the UK took cen­tre stage in a new re­port De­liv­er­ing Bri­tain’s Clean En

ergy from the Land, launched yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 9) and au­thored by the UK farm­ing unions.

The re­port’s launch comes on Farm­ers’ Day at the COP22 cli­mate con­fer­ence be­ing held in Mar­rakech, Morocco, where world lead­ers are turn­ing their at­ten­tion to the role of agri­cul­ture in man­ag­ing a chang­ing cli­mate.

The re­port aims to cel­e­brate the work of farm­ers across the UK in tack­ling cli­mate change by in­stalling re­new­able en­ergy sys­tems on their farms and pro­duc­ing low-car­bon en­ergy.

Now legally bind­ing, the in­ter­na­tional Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change signed in 2015 has opened the door to a wealth of op­por­tu­ni­ties for farm­ers to con­trib­ute to the low-car­bon econ­omy.

In a joint state­ment, the four UK farm­ing union pres­i­dents said: ‘ The farm­ing in­dus­try grows the raw in­gre­di­ents for the UK’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, food and drink, worth £108 bil­lion, and pro­vides jobs for 3.9 mil­lion peo­ple, all while us­ing its nat­u­ral re­sources to store car­bon and gen­er­ate clean re­new­able en­ergy. Our re­port show­cases our mem­bers’ am­bi­tions and prac­ti­cal ac­tions to be on the front line of tack­ling the im­pact of cli­mate change.

‘Agri­cul­ture has a unique role to play in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the his­toric 2015 Paris Agree­ment. Farm­ers have em­braced a di­verse se­lec­tion of tech­nolo­gies at dif­fer­ent scales to meet the needs of their busi­ness and the coun­try.

‘They are keen to keep their busi­nesses pro­gres­sive and at the fore­front of tech­nol­ogy for present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.’

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