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22 May 2019

‘2040’, a launchpad for bold visions

Farmers for Climate Action has welcomed the release of new film ‘2040’, describing it as a launchpad for bold visions for our future.

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt said:

We know that farmers all over the country are rising to the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss in diverse ways.

Farmers are adopting climate-smart agricultural practices including sustainable intensification, diversification into renewable energy, revegetation, soil carbon sequestration, and regenerative agriculture (examples here, here and here).

Sadly we know that agriculture faces many compounding challenges including climate change, declining natural capital, stagnating productivity (as a result of climate change)* and an ageing workforce.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report into 1.5 degrees celcius made it clear last year, that we require brave and transformative change to alter our climate trajectory.

More recently the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services highlighted the necessity of urgent action to address declining biodiversity and support the health of the natural world.

In late 2019, the IPCC Special Report into Land Use & Agriculture will be released which is expected to highlight the key role agriculture must play in adapting and mitigating climate change.

As a sector, we have bold ambitions to become a $100 billion industry by 2030. We’re very proud of our role as land custodians and are committed to being around for the long haul, and bringing the next generation of Aussie farmers back to the land. Our future truly is in our hands.

‘2040’ invites the community to embark on a conversation about the future and to deeply consider the value we place on agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services. As we stare down the unprecedented challenges, we need to embrace new and exciting pathways; recognising that there are no silver bullets. We encourage people from all walks of life to engage with the film, and most importantly – engage with our farming communities and the implementation of positive climate solutions.

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