21 March 2023
Protecting animals from heat, floods and other climate change impacts
Vets for Climate Action and Farmers for Climate Action are offering free climate change and animal health information sessions next week (28 March onwards) to farmers and landholders in northern New South Wales.
Vets for Climate Action Deputy Chair, Dr Angela Frimberger will explain how to help livestock “weather the storm” of climate-driven events such as floods, heatwaves and droughts.
Dr Frimberger said her presentation would also cover what farmers in the northern NSW region can do to limit emissions, and act on climate change.
“I think it’s really, really important we focus on hope in agriculture, because when we talk about the impact of climate change on animals it can be really quite confronting. So it’s important we also discuss solutions,” Dr Frimberger said.
Farmers for Climate Action CEO Dr Fiona Davis said it was the first time the two organisations had come together to deliver training specifically relating to livestock.
“Australian farmers and their animals are on the front lines of climate change; whether it’s the floods last year or more recent grassfires in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. We know farmers care deeply about their animals and want to protect them from climate change impacts.”
“Our recent Farming Forever Report found many farmers want more on-the-ground information sessions to help them find out about reducing emissions and becoming more resilient to climate change effects. These sessions are a small step towards this.”
Protecting Our Livestock: Climate Change and Animal Health Sessions:
Taree/Wingham: 6pm on 28 March at the Wingham Services Club
Dorrigo: 6pm on 29 March at Tallowood Cafe
Grafton: 11am on 30 March at The Village Green Hotel, Grafton
Lismore: 6pm on Thursday 30th March (location TBC)
Farmers for Climate Action is a national network of more than 7500 farmers calling for strong economy-wide climate policies.
Vets for Climate Action represents concerned veterinarians across Australia who want effective action on climate change to protect all animals.