Region's farmers: 'Climate change is real and happening now'
DARLING DOWNS farmers converged on a Kulpi cattle property on Saturday to share concerns over the impacts of climate change on Queensland agriculture.
Organised by farmer and award-winning climate educator, Sid Plant, the event at the "Samarai" property provided an opportunity for more than over 30 farmers to improve their understanding of climate change.
"I've been educating other farmers on climate change for over 30 years," Mr Plant said.
"During that time, we've unfortunately seen a lack of clear policy direction from politicians and significant confusion among farmers over the scientific realities.
"Understanding climate has given me an edge as a farmer and I'm keen to share that knowledge with other farmers. It's in the best interests of our industry to stand up for action on climate change and protect our kids' and grandkids' future.
"Our current climate trajectory and failure to decisively act on climate change has dire consequences for our industry."
The event, which also included a viewing of Al Gore's new film An Inconvenient Sequel, was attended by farmers from across the Darling Downs and as far away as Inverell.
"I came to the Downs to share my experience of the extreme heat waves that are happening right now at home," Inverell cattle produce Glenn Morris said.
"The warming trend caused by climate change means we are experiencing more extreme heat events. That's when the damage to our industry really accelerates."
Darling Downs dairy farmer David Vonhoff also shared his concerns for the local industry.
"I believe in climate change 100 per cent," he said.
"It's real and it's happening now."
Noel Wieck's family has been farming on the Downs since 1921 and shared his experience with climate change.
"The change in weather patterns is obvious to me. There is a lot of the Downs that can't be farmed the way it used to be. The rain just isn't there when you need it," he said.