‘Farmers for Climate Action’ came to the Australian Parliament in late November with the outcomes of their national survey of 1338 Australian farmers, conducted over the last two months. The survey returned a 90 percent response of concern about the impact of climate change.
Eden-Monaro representative Mike Kelly met with some of the group, representing 500 farmers from agricultural industries from across Australia concerned about the impact of climate change.
“Farmers are on the frontline when it comes to dealing with the effects of climate change”, Dr Kelly said. “Farmers in Eden-Monaro are telling me that they are experiencing rapid change on their land and noticing changes in regional weather patterns.”
should be wake-up call for the Nationals
The survey also found that 80 percent support Australia moving toward 100 percent renewable electricity and 88 percent want politicians elected in farming regions to support stronger action on climate change.
Kelly is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce to listen.
“The advocacy from ‘Farmers for Climate Acton Group’ should be a wake-up call for the Nationals, the party that claims to represent farmers. The Nationals need to decide if they’re a party that represents rural Australia or a party that represents the extreme right wing of Australian politics,” he said.
Kelly wants to position the Labor Party as strongly standing up for rural and regional communities. He cites fighting the Coalition on the backpacker tax and forced council mergers, and advocating for increased renewable energy investment as an economic development opportunity for farming communities.”