Members and friends are invited to study these policies and provide advice on improvements and additions.
EFN accepts the strong scientific evidence that human activity mostly based on excessive and unsustainable use of fossil fuels is causing rapid changes in weather patterns worldwide (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007). We also recognise that Australian farmers are used to surviving in a highly variable climate and that this trait may assist with climate change adjustment although if weather changes are at the high end of predictions many areas currently being farmed may be unusable.
Climate change will impact severely on our ability not only to sustain the current world population but to sustain human life on the planet in the worse case scenario. Ironically some prime agricultural areas in some countries will receive too much rain (eg parts of New Zealand).
Climate change will impact on all farming operations, mostly adversely. More severe and longer lasting droughts, surface and groundwater shortages, storm frequency and intensity increased, unseasonal rains and seasonal changes affecting flowering and pollination times, inability to pollinate crops, ecosystem simplification (biodiversity loss).
However, if we take action now we can slow climate change and ensure that we can sustain life on earth and have a productive future for Australian agriculture.
EFN will lobby State and Federal Governments to:
- cap carbon usage at a sustainable level,
- change policy settings and regulations to reflect the true cost of energy choices,
- encourage further awareness of the issues and everyone to think globally and act locally to change our lifestyles,
- urge Governments and industry to review their own climate impact and to research better methods of achieving their goals,
- reduce our reliance on high (fossil fuel based) input farming,
encourage and support further research and development of renewable energy sources.
- research better agricultural techniques to grow crops and raise animals.
- build knowledge, capability capacity and continuity - especially in public service departments
- embrace and facilitate climate change compatible infrastructure (ie true adaptability)
EFN is developing a number of specific policies to address aspects of climate change including reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration. For example: