With heavy hearts we bid farewell to Verity Morgan-Schmidt today as she leaves Farmers for Climate Action to take on new, exciting challenges that will see her continue her amazing work as a champion of Australian agriculture. Verity's passion, energy and vast knowledge has driven FCA's emergence as a leader in the space where climate solutions and farming intersect. In her three and a half years with FCA, first as our inaugural CEO and then as Policy and Partnerships Director, the voices of farmers around the country were heard loud and clear and climate policy across the industry began a transformation. Everyone at FCA will miss her immensely and we consider it a real honour and privilege to have been part of her incredible journey which we have no doubt will see Verity play a vital role in shaping a thriving farming sector for decades to come. Thank you Verity and the very best of luck....
"The National Climate Change and Agricultural Work Program would be a great asset for farmers like us, hungry for information and incentives to help guide and assist our aims at being mainstream suppliers of low carbon salads." - Wemen farmer Andrew Young on one of the components of our Regional Horizons proposal. See the whole proposal by heading to the link in our bio....
Our latest farmer(s) in focus are Narromine farmers Karin Stark and Jon Elder. They installed the largest solar diesel hybrid irrigation pump in the country in 2018 and are strong advocates for the benefits of renewables on-farm. Read more about Karin and Jon by clicking the link in our bio!...
The latest episode of our podcast 'Over the Fence' is online! We speak with Judy Brewer about her experience as a farmer and her involvement in rural and regional community organisations. Listen to this episode now by searching 'Over the Fence' wherever you get your podcasts or clicking the link in our bio....
Have you listened to the latest episode of Over the Fence? Fiona and Cam speak to Matt Grogan and Matt Charles-John about from Totally Renewable Yackandandah.
The episode can be found on all major podcast apps or by following the links in our bio.
#climateactionnow #totallyrenewableyackandandah #communityenergy...
It is not to late to sign up to be attend the Wagga Wagga climate change, drought and community resilience forum. This is the first in a series of forums which will present the latest in climate change science, explore the impacts of climate change that communities are already facing and discuss strategies to help communities through the next few weeks, months and years. The forums will also provide the community with tools to go out and create the community change they want to see.
Guest speakers include Dr Rob Gordon, Professor Mark Howden, Denis Ginnivan and Wendy Cohen
For more information and to RSVP, follow the link in our bio and click on Community Resilience Forums.
#aussiefarmers #farmingforever #climateactionnow...
We are very excited to launch our podcast, Over the Fence! It's a chance to look 'Over the Fence' at how regional communities are responding to climate change, sharing lessons & stories of success so we can learn together. Our first episode is with Cathy McGowan, former independent MP for Indi. Subscribe by searching ‘Farmers for Climate Action’ or ‘Over the Fence’ wherever you get your podcasts....
“Australians want climate action. We’ve had time to reflect on the mistakes of the past. Let’s set a new direction and have a sustainable and safer future for everyone.” - Brett Hall, FCA Board Director #farmersforclimateaction #showourcolours #climateactionnow #aussiefarmers #australianag...
I love spending time with my father out on the farm when I’ve finished work for the day. It’s even better when I get to be with lambs as cute as this little one.
I’ve witnessed the first hand effects of climate change on my family farm, which drives me to fight for climate action both on farm and across Australia. - Claire Boyle, FCA Project officer
Happy Earth Day!
This gorgeous photo was taken by FCA board member and Longreach grazier, Angus Emmott (@angusemmottphotography). The theme for this year is climate action. We’re proud that we have over 5,000 farmers in our movement who, like Angus, are committed to achieving climate solutions both on and off farm.
Join us and farmers across the country by following the link in our bio. #earthday #earthday2020 #climateactionnow...
When governments shift their focus to recovery, we must see large amounts of stimulus flow to the regions. Here’s to more farmer delegations to Canberra (when it’s allowed again!) to ensure sustainable and thriving regional communities well into the future. #aussiefarmers #farmersforclimateaction #australianagriculture...
While we are all grappling with Covid-19 disruption, climate impacts haven’t slowed. Our farmers remain committed to a sustainable future and the move to a zero net emissions, which includes their own role mitigating climate change. This pic was taken by Charlie Prell at his farm in Crookwell. #aussiefarmers #farmersforclimateaction #climateactionnow...
The Indian Ocean Dipole was a big player in the drought and record temps last year. What is it and how will it impact our changing climate? Join our webinar tomorrow night with Dr Nerilee Abram from the ANU to learn more. Register via the link in our bio! Photo via @angusemmottphotography...
Today is ‘Take A Walk In The Park Day’, which we reckon is a good reminder to get outside and connect with the environment. Especially while practicing social isolation. Here’s a few friends showing us how it’s done! #dogsofinstagram #australianfarming...
Weekends can be tough while we’re all doing our bit to flatten the curve of Covid-19. We prepared this graphic with our top tips to stay connected. Leave a comment if there’s anything you’d add! #covid_19...
In this difficult time with increased isolation for an already isolated population, we want to acknowledge the incredible companionship provided by the farm dogs across Australia. We know that there are dogs who will be providing much needed support to many in rural communities. FCA would love to hear how you are managing the uncertainty and see any photos of your dogs which may brighten a grey day. #farmersforclimateaction #farmingforever...
We took a group of farmers to parliament in September last year to tell pollies about their experiences with climate change and to launch our ‘Change in the Air’ report calling for a national strategy on climate and agriculture. With the spread of COVID-19 affecting Australia, we’re committed to ensuring politicians keep hearing from us. Extreme weather continues regardless of this virus and so will we. #farmingforever #aussiefarmers #australianagriculture #climateactionnow...
We've put together a statement on how the spread of COVID-19 will affect our work and how you can help us continue to support farmers and rural Australians. Read it by clicking the link in our bio and choosing ‘our website’. #farmersforclimateaction #aussiefarming #covid_19 #agriculture...
Meg and Peter Nielsen are Bentley cattle farmers, climate legends and the latest in our Climate-Smart Farmer in Focus series. Our Q&A with Meg and Peter discusses the effects of climate change on their farm and the steps they have taken to mitigate it. Follow the link in our bio to read their story ☝️☝️☝️#farmingforever #farmerinfocus #climatesmartagriculture #farmersforclimateaction #climateaction #climateactionnow...
Poowong walnut farmer Geoff shared this adorable photo of Macaroni, who has joined the #ShowOurColours campaign. 🌞👨🌾 If you have a #ShowOurColours picture to share, we would love to see it! For more information follow the links in our bio. #canariesinacoalmine #farmingforever #climateaction #climateactionnow #australianfarmers...
The business and finance sectors are increasingly locking in plans to have net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as Australia Institute research shows energy companies have not been delivering for shareholders.
“The time to act on climate change is now. Eden-Monaro needs a representative who will advocate for new jobs and opportunities in the electorate as part of a national transition away from fossil fuels.” ... See MoreSee Less
With heavy hearts we bid farewell to Verity Morgan-Schmidt today as she leaves Farmers for Climate Action to take on new, exciting challenges that will see her continue her amazing work as a champion of Australian agriculture.
Verity's passion, energy and vast knowledge has driven FCA's emergence as a leader in the space where climate solutions and farming intersect. In her three and a half years with FCA, first as our inaugural CEO and then as Policy and Partnerships Director, the voices of farmers around the country were heard loud and clear and climate policy across the industry began a transformation.
Everyone at FCA will miss her immensely and we consider it a real honour and privilege to have been part of her incredible journey which we have no doubt will see Verity play a vital role in shaping a thriving farming sector for decades to come.
I am sure FCA will miss you Verity and will have some big shoes to fill. Your policy, management and leadership skills will take you far. All the best with your next challenges and to your wonderful family.
Well done, Verity - and thank you for the kind and helpful assistance you have given to me and, I am sure, countless others. All the best for your future!
Best wishes as you move on. You'll create amazing things wherever you are. Kris x
For those who wonder what real leadership looks like, take a good look
"Like the rest of Eden-Monaro, we farmers are still coping with the aftermath of the fires. Many of us are still battling drought.
"We need a representative who understands that climate change poses a real and present threat to those of us who make our living on the land, and to our communities. We need a representative that is not afraid to raise that topic and have that conversation, again and again if this is what it takes."
- Jess Campbell, beef producer from Adelong and FCA supporter ... See MoreSee Less
To the good people of Eden Monaro, vote independent or you will get one or the other of the tired old parties. Tweedle dumb and tweedle dee can no longer cut it as you are keenly aware.
The Liberal National Party is anti environment. They are also anti family farm and pro corporate big agribusiness. So don't vote Liberal National unless you want big mines, big agribusiness and the consequent dirty rivers, loss of biodiversity and increased C02 emissions.
Well it’s a no brainer. Don’t vote Liberal. The environment is the last thing on their agenda. It’s fossil fuel all the way. A party of climate change deniers.
Yes it is critical as Australia is very much affected by the climate changes already.
Let's Hope common sense prevails and Kristy gets up.
Well Fiona doesn’t believe in it till today. Tomorrow she won’t
Kristy McBain for Eden monaro she care and seen the damage caused by climate change .
Politicians are by practical definition, non-expert.
They rely on genuine subject expert advice to guide them.
It begs the question, what motivates an individual (incl the politician) to ignore that subject specialist advice?
Whats in it for them?
What is the actual driver of that mindset?
There is undoubtedly a whatever element of pros v cons of an issue, but non-experts do not have the qualification to dismiss experts as wrong.
Science is the language of the natural world.
A candidate that is motivated by anti-science mindset is motivated by their convenient answers not genuine solutions.
It is my highest priority. Karen Porter
Right on 😊🐨✌
Please consider emailing your local MPs and asking for them to help out by introducing the following. Given that we are one of the sunniest places on the planet, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to take advantage of this free natural resource. All it takes us a change in mindset and valuing what matters most Clean air, water and environment. These are essential to our survival and our current energy choices are not reflecting their importance.
If the government provided resources (defence forces, experts in the field under employed) to introduce sustainable energy sources Biodigestors, composters, solar and wind generators. and water efficient practices to Australian owned farms and in the suburbs. It would help them get back people in all areas get back on their feet and reduce operating expenses.
Our current agricultural practices could do with a rethink. Industrial Hemp is a truly versatile textile which has been used to produce and fuel an airplane stronger then steel, build houses, paper, clothes, 3D filament, a superconductor better than graphene and the seed is highly nutritious. 5 to 10 Macadamia nutsa day is good for the heart. Chia and linseed are protein and nutrient rich.
Using regenerative farming practices reduces, water, fertilizer and pest control expense. We should be supplying our defence force and under employed resources to Australian owned farmers to help them to change to regenerative farming practices and encouraging nutrient dense, water efficient multifunction plants (eg Hemp over cotton, maccas over almonds, chia and linseed over rice). Our defence force should be assisting in defence of our food.
Netherlands is the second biggest exporter of food in the world after the US , even thought they are one if the smallest nations. This is because the grow everything in green houses which conserve nutrients, water and reduce pests. Solar powered
Hydroponic, aquaponic, vertical superfood production systems should be provided by the government to all Australian owned farms and in suburbs. This is where I want my taxpayer dollars to go, what about you?
Check out The BZE million jobs plan launched on Monday (same day one of the largest trackers in the US filed for bankruptcy).
What does #ScuMo think of this dead Liberal PM's views?
There's no way Australia can compete with nations which are armed to the teeth. A stockpile of guns to give to farmers and masses of armed speedboats would be more effective than missiles and submarines if there are any of us left when the shit hits the fan. On the other hand, diplomacy and distance would serve us even better.... but diplomacy is beyond ScuMo.
Job cuts, welfare cuts, ABC cuts and CSIRO cuts... who's responsible? Would you vote for more LNP cuts?
Do you know any voters in Eden Monaro? The Liberal, Kotvojs is a climate science denier & signed the bigoted, homophobic "religious freedoms Bill". Solar panels & truffles in the paddock doesn't give environmental/scientific/social credibility. Put Kotvojs number 14 on the ballot. LNP's really deserving of its last place on the ballot paper this time.
Why entrench the Hillsong Cabal in Government even further in parliament by voting for Fiona Kotvojs, in #EdenMonaro. She's a right wing, climate science denying bigot who seems to have been selected mainly because she is a good buddy of our smirking PM.
Today’s guest is Alisdair Tulloch, a fourth generation grape grower, who has been on a journey to make his family business, Keith Tulloch Wine , carbon neutral. In this episode, Alisdair shares: Why they decided to go carbon neutral; What practices and technologies they’re using, and what is
"I really feel lonely in the middle" Adelong farmer Michael Campbell tells me "There’s so much left and right debate about climate change, that we forget about just making some sensible decisions" 'Black Summer' survivors cast their ballots in the #EdenMonaro by-election #auspol
“The time to act on climate change is now. Eden-Monaro needs a representative who will advocate for new jobs and opportunities in the electorate as part of a national transition away from fossil fuels.”