Farmers seeking action on climate
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.”