We know farmers and rural communities in Victoria are leaders when it comes to climate action: whether it is farmer-led organisations like Birchip Cropping Group trialling innovative climate-smart ag practices, towns like Yackandandah going 100% renewable, or farmers working together in their communities across Victoria to increase on-farm resilience and reduce their impact.
If you are a farmer or have a strong connection to agriculture, apply for the FCA Victorian Fellowship and learn how you can build climate-resilience on farm and advocate for climate solutions beyond the farm gate!
The fellowship is a unique opportunity for you to learn from experts in climate science and climate-smart agriculture. You will also receive extensive training from experts in community change, media and politics, who will equip you with the tools you need to become a leader and drive broader changes in the climate and agriculture spaces.
You will hear from:
- Cathy McGowan – Former independent Member for Indi, author and community leader
- Professor Richard Eckard – Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at UMelb and Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre
- Tammy Atkins: Co-founder of It’s On Purpose – supporting regional Australians to drive change in their communities, former parliamentary staffer, councillor and independent candidate.
- Professor Kate Auty – Chair of the Environment Protection Authority and former Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victoria, and active volunteer with a variety of rural community groups like Euroa Environment Group and Euroa Energy (a microgrid development initiative).
- Assoc. Professor Peter Christoff – Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Climate Futures initiative, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne and former vice president of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
- Farmers from across Victoria who are implementing climate smart-practices on farm
- Inspirational rural Australians who taking the future into their own hands and creating change in their communities
… and many more to be announced!
Where/when: The fellowship will include a two day Zoom workshop on 25-26 October, as well as a one-day forum in Colac (you can attend online or in person) when Covid restrictions ease (likely early 2022). There will also be some online events in late 2021 – early 2022 TBA.
Cost: The fellowship is free, and travel/accommodation to in-person events will be heavily subsidised with a generous bursary.
Join a supportive network: You’ll join a supportive network of Victorian farmers, and will also receive mentoring by national leaders and the opportunity to network with other fellows at in-person events. We will also provide you with extensive online resources you can use to develop your knowledge further.
For more information please email – Emily Jones, [email protected]