Farmers are on the frontline of climate change. This means more droughts, more wild and unpredictable weather, making it harder to live on the land. The good news is that they’re not alone.

Beside almost every farmer is a climate-smart, ever-loyal farm dog.

This Dog Day, 26 August, we’re paying tribute to the unsung heroes of Australia’s farm yards: our farm dogs.

We’re calling on farmers – and their supporters – to share pics of their four-legged farmhands with the hashtag #paws4climate over the next month. Bonus points if you tell us how your dog is helping you in the fight for climate action: with a lick on the hand when you need it, as a low-cost, low-input farm helper, or …? 

We’ll be shortlisting some of the best, and you’ll get a chance to vote for your favourite farm dog on our website. The top 12 are going to be featured in our 2021 calendar!

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Concerned hounds with their crazy owner posing for real climate action! #paws4climate ...

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Happy dog day! This farm Lab supports #paws4climate as she likes nothing better than mild weather, a dam to swim and a damp hole to lay in. The temperature is only 20C today and she is already feeling the heat! Let’s dial down the heat for our pets by ⬇️ GHG emissions. ...

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If I promise to be good, Banjo takes me for an afternoon walk. Sometimes we even go off-leash.

#noonbahstation #outbacklife #paws4climate #koolie #kooliesofinstagram #experiencelongreach #westernqld #outbackqueensland #longreachshire #travelgram #kuntrygram #westernqueensland #thisisqueensland #visit_qld #australiagram #seeaustralia #outbackaustralia
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This mornings helper #dusty #aussieshepherd ...

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It is the fight of our generation, any wonder our Kelpies are on the job? #stopadani #stopadanicoalmine #farmersforclimateaction #climateaction #climateactionnow #parisagreement #kelpiesagainstcoal #puppiesagainstpollies #galilleeblockade #notoadani #climatechangeisreal #savethegreatbarrierreef #nonewcoal #endcoal #frontlineactiononcoal #yaleprogramonclimatechangecommunication #upholdparisagreement #notocoal #climatejustice #actonclimate #healthyfuture #u21sdgweek #landrightsnotminingrights #timetochose #paws4climate #dogsforfuture ...

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It`s good to have a couple of mates to help when you`re out checking where the rain has been. #paws4climate #outbackqueensland #noonbahstation ...

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No to giving our precious water to mining! #stoptheloan #stopadani #galilleeblockade #kelpiesagainstcoal #kelpiesagainstpollies #climateactionnow #climateaction #climatechangeisreal #yaleprogramonclimatechangecommunication #stopadanicoalmine #nonewcoal #renewableenergy #solarcitizens #nomining #upholdparisagreement #parisagreement #frontlineactiononcoal #farmersforclimateaction #notocoal #climatejustice #actonclimate #healthyfuture #waterislife #u21sdgweek #timetochose #landrightsnotminingrights #paws4climate #dogsforfuture ...

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Dust storm near Broken Hill NSW, 18th January 2019.

#Duststorm #grit #drought #rain #ClimateAction #climatechange #auspol #ClimateStrike #climatereality #climatechangeisreal #climate #climatejustice #actonclimate #climateaction #paws4climate farmersforclimateaction
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`Lucky` waiting patiently on the farm ute.

#paws4climate #farmlife #farmingforever #kelpie
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Friday feels...knocking off early......
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#bluecattledog #bluey #healer #knockofffromwork #australiancattledog #mansbestfriend #farmlife #abcmyphoto #landline #viewfromtheland #farmlifeaustralia #everythingaustralian #mobble #agriculture_aust #agriculture #cattlefarm #rurallife #rural #kickinupdustco #canonphotography #canonaustralia #capturethemoment #collectmomentsnotthings #animalportraits #thisiscountryaustralia #paws4climate
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ʜᴀᴘᴘɪɴᴇss ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴀɴᴅ....
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#viewfromtheland #rurallife #rurallifestyle #farmlife #countryliving #theland #australiancattledog #bluey #bluecattledog #loyalcompanion #cattlefarm #cattlefarming #mobble #agriculture #australianagriculture #ruralphoto #abcmyphoto #thankafarmer #ringerswestern #amansbestfriend #canonphotography #paws4climate
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~ Blue dog at her happiest ~ tongue out, grass in her mouth & eating cow poo...
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~ Happy Monday ~
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#bluecattledog #cattledog #bluey #australiancattledog #australiancattledogsofinstagram #workingdog #mansbestfriend #heelerdog #happydog #dogontheland #thankafarmer #loyal #agriculture #australianagriculture #rurallife #rural #ruralphotographer #happiness #inthemoment #raw_country #canonphotography #paws4climate
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Anika Molesworth says Baxter, Ruby, Paddy and Freddy know hotter temperatures are dangerous to worker health and safety. Cooling off in extreme high summer temperatures is important, but results in less effective work. #paws4climate #agdayau ...

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Another great display of support for climate action from Annika Molesworth and her dogs! #farmingforever #paws4climate #farmersforclimateaction ...

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Anika Molesworth`s dog Baxter believes the next generation of farm workers deserve a fair go. Burning harmful fossil fuels is putting his future at risk. Let’s think of tomorrow when we act today. #IntergenerationalEquity #paws4climate ...

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Rising temperatures are bad for livestock health – reducing weight, fertility and increasing mortality – Anika Molesworth`s dog Ruby is concerned of the impacts of climate change on the welfare of her sheep. #paws4climate #agdayau ...

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Harden farmer Peter Holding snapped this pic of his Border Collie Dusty doing some climate adaptation work - turning over compost #paws4climate #agdayau
#climateaction #aussiedog #agriculture #agchatoz
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Thanks High Steaks Farming for this one on Facebook:
Australian Kelpie performance stats
mileage: 40 km/day at a steady trot on 0.5 kg roo meat
top speed: 45 km/h
runs on: meaty bones and an occasional scratch behind the ear
carbon pawprint: negligible

#paws4climate Australian Farmers for Climate Action
https://www.facebook.com/136526363163255/posts/1146536588828889/

#agdayau #climateaction
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Harden farmer Peter Holding`s border collie pup Dusty was an important attendees at Farmers for Climate Action`s Break the Drought on Climate Action rally in Canberra in September. #paws4climate ...

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We still want to see your #paws4climate pics!

Tag us in your pictures and use #paws4climate, and your four legged friend could feature in our 2021 calendar!

Thanks to @angusemmottphotography for this brilliant picture of Banjo.

#Repost @angusemmottphotography
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Banjo’s specialty swimming stroke - the doggy paddle.

#canon #canonaustralia #noonbahstation #paws4climate #koolie #koolies #kooliedog #kooliesofinstagram #dogsofi̇nstagram #kooliesofaustralia #outbacklife #experiencelongreach #animalphotography #westernqld #australianoutback #outbackqueensland #visit_qld #australiangeographic #thisisqueensland #australiagram #australia_shotz #natgeoaustralia #austtravellermag #seeaustralia #travelgramaustralia #unlimitedaustralia

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Chris Wyhoon says the reason his dogs aid climate change is when you cuddle up to these beloved dogs of ours, you don’t need the heater on burning expensive energy! #paws4climate #agdayau #climateaction ...

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Kitty Schiansky and Tony Farrell
Black Hill, South Australia have submitted this pic of their maremmas. Kitty writes: "After a big night keeping the sheep and chickens safe from foxes, our two maremma flock guardians, Banksy (mother) and Bruno (daughter) like to laze around. Banksy was a pregnant rescue dog. "We have a small scale subsistence farm and are off grid with power and rely on rain as our only source of water. (Our waterless composting toilet really helps with this) .
Keeping these dogs is a sustainable way to manage potential threats to our livestock and also keeps the kangaroos and rabbits away from the native food and fruit trees and gardens.
"They are also good therapy as they give us their unconditional love when we need a furry cuddle and laughter with their antics.
"Originally coming from a snow covered Italian region we thought they may not acclimatise but their thick woollen coats reflect the sun’s heat and they are often out in the wildest winter conditions without fear. The worst thing is the regular deprickling I must do every couple of weeks.
"I personally have been banging the climate action drum for about 10 years and these girls are an important part of our farm family and help us live a low carbon lifestyle." #paws4climate
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Sue Greening has shared this great pic of her dog Max on Facebook. She writes: "This is Max. He does an excellent job of keeping the foxes away from the hens and the calves at night - more efficient than an electric fence! He loves a smooch with anyone too!" #paws4climate ...

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This one is from Angus Emmott: G`day my name is Banjo, and I`m a Koolie living and working on Noonbah Station, SW of Longreach.
I understand how extremely important water is out here in the Channel Country of Western Queensland. I was very happy to know that the Deputy Prime Minister appreciates how vital water is to Australia. I`m waiting keenly for positive action on Climate Change Policy from our governments. #paws4climate
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Thanks for this one on Facebook Karen Jarling!
G`day ... name`s Skeeter. Mostly retired these days.
Glad of it to....far to hot these days. Pushing close to 50 degrees down at ground level where we work.
Youngsters can handle it better, but the chase every puddle, waterhole and trough.
Might have to switch to robotic hounds....might be better idea TO DO SOMETHING about the rising temperature instead!

#paws4climate
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Thanks Zerella Wines for sharing this gorgeous guy with us on Facebook!
With the effects of climate change on water resources, efficient management of our vineyard irrigation is important to us at Zerella Wines. That is why we have been training puppy Benji to keep a check on our irrigation lines. If there is a leak he is sure to find the mud. #paws4climate #AgDayAU
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Well done, South Australia! Charging towards a sustainable future with the bold move to reach net 100% renewables by 2027. 🌟💚

Well done for lighting the way!💡

Peter Malinauskas Clare Scriven MLC

#RenewableEnergy #SustainableAg #CleanEnergyTransition
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Well done, South Australia! Charging towards a sustainable future with the bold move to reach net 100% renewables by 2027. 🌟💚

Well done for lighting the way!💡

Peter Malinauskas Clare Scriven MLC 

 #RenewableEnergy #SustainableAg #CleanEnergyTransition

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Go SA!

They are going to build nuclear submarines! And mine uranium with renewable energy for bombs?

So when the wind does not blow and the sun does not shine. Are they still going to suck extra power fro NSW and Qld ?

While discouraging to see temperature records continually being broken around the world, it’s encouraging to see levels of clean energy generation also continually breaking records. There is hope for the future. Well done SA

Thanks to a umbilical cord running through 3 states at great cost to many farmers in nsw and vic

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We are thrilled to share the exciting news that 'Farming Forever' just bagged 'Best Female Director' at Cannes World Film Festival, while also earning a nomination for 'Best Environmental Short Film'.
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Watch the journey through rural Australia and witness the incredible commitment of our farmers in leading the charge for climate action.

View 'Farming Forever' here:
bit.ly/49Ca4ag

#farmingforever #cannesfilmfestival #SustainableAgriculture #takeaction #notbusinessasusual
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We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Farming Forever just bagged Best Female Director at Cannes World Film Festival, while also earning a nomination for Best Environmental Short Film. 
🎬 🌏 🌱

Watch the journey through rural Australia and witness the incredible commitment of our farmers in leading the charge for climate action. 

View Farming Forever here:
https://bit.ly/49Ca4ag

#FarmingForever #CannesFilmFestival #SustainableAgriculture #TakeAction #NotBusinessAsUsual

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Congratulations to all involved! Great recognition at Cannes.

#SuzannahCowley

Can we show this on Gloucester NSW?

A lovely film. Well done to all!

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Brilliant 🌻

Stunning footage and great messages.

Jody Brown 🙌🤩

Would like to show this in Gloucester as part of our Gloucester Transitions program

Very well done FCA.

Superb! Love the cover photo.

The link did not work. Can you share again.

Can someone show me evidence of increased variability in climate please Australia has always had droughts and Flooding rains Nothing new As records do indicate From my experience and fairly extensive research there is absolutely No quantifiable evidence of “Climate Change” Please can someone prove me wrong

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Your insights fuel the creation of top-notch programs supporting farmers nationwide. The survey takes just 15 minutes – easy peasy!🗒️

By completing this survey, you’re backing farmers regenerating Australia's precious soils and landscapes. 🌱🌏

To thank you for your time, Soils for Life is giving three lucky participants a stunning photo print of soil microbiology by the talented UK photographer Frank Ashwood, capturing regenerative farms across Australia. 📸

#SupportFarmers #SoilsForLife #FarmerSurvey #RegenerativeFarming #FarmersSupportingFarmers
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Your insights fuel the creation of top-notch programs supporting farmers nationwide. The survey takes just 15 minutes – easy peasy!🗒️

By completing this survey, you’re backing farmers regenerating Australias precious soils and landscapes. 🌱🌏

To thank you for your time, Soils for Life is giving three lucky participants a stunning photo print of soil microbiology by the talented UK photographer Frank Ashwood, capturing regenerative farms across Australia. 📸

#SupportFarmers #SoilsForLife #FarmerSurvey #RegenerativeFarming #FarmersSupportingFarmers

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is there a link to the survey?

Join us next Thursday the 22nd of Feb as our panel of experts share insights and expertise. Don't miss the chance to have your questions answered in our interactive Q&A session.

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Join us next Thursday the 22nd of Feb as our panel of experts share insights and expertise. Dont miss the chance to have your questions answered in our interactive Q&A session.

RSVP now! 

#OnFarmPower #BatterySolutions #Webinar #Sustainability #AgTech #Renewables #RSVPNow 🌿💡

Grants of up to $25k are available to small and medium-sized farms to reduce energy costs, save on power bills and contribute to Australia's emission reduction goals 🚜🔌🌱👩‍🌾.

If you're a farm business with 1-199 employees, apply now :
business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/energy-efficiency-grants-for-small-and-medium-enterprises-rou...
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Grants of up to $25k are available to small and medium-sized farms to reduce energy costs, save on power bills and contribute to Australias emission reduction goals 🚜🔌🌱👩‍🌾.

If youre a farm business with 1-199 employees, apply now :
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Terms & Conditions

  1. There are two steps for entering the competition:
    a. Entries are to be made on either Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #paws4climate and tagging Farmers for Climate Action (Twitter: @farmingforever, Facebook and Instagram: Farmers for Climate Action); and
    b. Uploading a high resolution version of the image to our website (here).
  2. You may enter the competition more than once, but Farmers for Climate Action will only select one of your photos for the shortlist.
  3. By submitting photos to the competition, you give Farmers for Climate Action the right to use the photos in social media posts, the calendar, the website and for any other purpose after the closure of the competition.
  4. If your image is selected to be in the Farmers for Climate Action 2021 calendar, you will receive a free calendar.
  5. Entries to the photo competition close at 5pm 21 October 2020.
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