Rural Australians are living climate change in real time – and unlike politicians who scapegoat us, we’re taking action
Watching your land wither before your eyes is gut-wrenching, so we’ve been listening to the science and responding. But we can’t do it alone
Just so we’re clear: rural Australians are not the backwards-looking, climate denying hicks some of our political “representatives” make us out to be.
But if I wasn’t embedded in the farming community and living in rural Australia, I would probably be cursing people like me too. The narrative coming from some politicians has the propensity to make one believe that rural Australians are as uneducated and unaware as the duelling banjo players from the movie Deliverance.
However, the rural Australians that I know, and the farmers that I hang out with, definitely don’t fit this bill. Those that I am honoured to call my colleagues and friends, are honest, hardworking, salt of the Earth people, who spend their days growing food and fibre to feed and clothe our nation and those beyond our borders. And they also get climate change.
It’s actually hard not to accept the science when you see it playing out in real time. Season after season, year after year, records are smashed with high temperatures, low rainfall and more devastating flood and bushfire events. BoM data reveals Australia experienced 10 times more extreme fire danger days in the 2010s that it did in the 1960s (143 v 14).
But it’s the droughts that really get to me in far western New South Wales. Watching your land and livelihood wither before your eyes is gut-wrenching. It’s as though someone sucker punches you every time you step outdoors. There are places on my family farm that I refused to visit during the dry years because I couldn’t bear to see it in such a state. Ancient trees, hundreds of years old, dying en masse.#globalwarming #climatechange #carboncompensation #bluesky #climateemergency #climatecrisis #blueskye #blueskyefoundation
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