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Australian farmers now turning to acceptance of need to act on climate change

Why farmers are forcing climate change into the spotlight
Farmers’ climate denial begins to wane as reality bites, The Conversation   Sarah Ann Wheeler, 
Professor in Water Economics, University of Adelaide Céline Nauges, Research Director, INRA
October 12, 2018  Australia has been described as the “front line of the battle for climate change adaptation”, and our farmers are the ones who have to lead the charge. Farmers will have to cope, among other pressures, with longer droughts, more erratic rainfall, higher temperatures, and changes to the timing of seasons.Yet, puzzlingly enough to many commentators, climate denial has been widespread among farmers and in the ranks of the National Party, which purports to represent their interests.

Back in 2008, only one-third of farmers accepted the science of climate change. Our 2010-11 survey of 946 irrigators in the southern Murray-Darling Basin (published in 2013) found similar results: 32% accepted that climate change posed a risk to their region; half disagreed; and 18% did not know.

These numbers have consistently trailed behind the wider public, a clear majority of whom have consistently accepted the science. More Australians in 2018 accepted the reality of climate change than at almost any time, with 76% accepting climate change is occurring, 11% not believing in it and 13% being unsure.

Yet there are signs we may be on the brink of a wholesale shift in farmers’ attitudes towards climate change. For example, we have seen the creation of Young Carbon FarmersFarmers for Climate Action, the first ever rally on climate change by farmers in Canberra, and national adverts by farmers on the need for climate action. Since 2016 the National Farmers Federation has strengthened its calls for action to reduce greenhouse emissions.

Our latest preliminary research results have also revealed evidence of this change. We surveyed 1,000 irrigators in 2015-16 in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, and found attitudes have shifted significantly since the 2010 survey.

Now, 43% of farmers accept climate change poses a risk to their region, compared with just 32% five years earlier.  Those not accepting correspondingly fell to 36%, while the percentage who did not know slightly increased to 21%…………https://theconversation.com/farmers-climate-denial-begins-to-wane-as-reality-bites-103906?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20October%2012%202018%20-%201

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October 13, 2018 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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