Farm­ers seek­ing ac­tion on cli­mate

Central and North Rural Weekly - - AGRICULTURAL LABOUR -

FARM­ERS For Cli­mate Ac­tion have re­sponded to the swear­ing-in of Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son with re­newed calls for ac­tion around cli­mate change as a key way to tackle is­sues such as en­ergy and drought.

Farm­ers for Cli­mate Ac­tion board mem­ber and NSW farmer, Peter Hold­ing, said the group was call­ing on the new Prime Min­is­ter to act on cli­mate change if he is se­ri­ous about help­ing farm­ers in drought.

“Prime Min­is­ter Mor­ri­son has com­mit­ted to get­ting more water to droughtaf­fected farm­ers and in­creas­ing in­vest­ing in water to en­sure other farm­ers do not ex­pe­ri­ence drought,” Mr Hold­ing said.

“Ac­cess to water helps but it’s only one part of the so­lu­tion.

“While emis­sions con­tinue to rise and tem­per­a­tures in­crease, the prob­lem will only get worse. If we are to con­tinue pro­duc­ing food and fi­bre, we need ac­tion on cli­mate change.

“Prime Min­is­ter Mor­ri­son has also com­mit­ted to do­ing what­ever it takes to keep power prices low.

“With re­new­ables now the cheap­est form of new-build en­ergy tech­nol­ogy, we strongly urge Prime Min­is­ter Mor­ri­son to take lead­er­ship to ad­dress the twin chal­lenges of en­ergy and cli­mate pol­icy by em­brac­ing the clean en­ergy tran­si­tion.

“Without strong tar­gets, the gov­ern­ment can­not pro­vide the cer­tainty that in­vestors need to build clean en­ergy and bring power prices down.

“If Prime Min­is­ter Mor­ri­son thinks that farm­ers want Aus­tralia out of the Paris Agree­ment or to be left without an emis­sions re­duc­tion pol­icy, he is wrong.

“We have over 3000 farm­ers be­hind us say­ing they want real lead­er­ship in re­gards to the way cli­mate change is man­aged.”

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