Farmers discuss climate change action during Climate Week

Farmers, researchers, finance representatives and conservation managers have come together today to discuss how the industry can best transition to a low carbon, sustainable future.

The Natural Capital Summit, being held today and tomorrow as part of Queensland’s first ever Climate Week, is bringing together representatives from the land, agriculture, finance and environmental sector who will develop a roadmap to accelerate action towards a sustainable future.

Speaking at the Summit today, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to supporting a sustainable agricultural sector that benefits the environment and creates jobs in regional communities.

“This is the first ever Climate Week being held in Queensland, and in Australia, and it is critical that we have these conversations so we can address climate change and ensure a better future,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Summit, being delivered by Climateworks Australia, will facilitate discussions about how we can value a range of natural assets, including soil, water and other living things, to produce positive outcomes.

“The Summit is a first step in documenting priority actions for guiding the land and agriculture sector’s transition to a low carbon and climate changed world by 2030, and then zero net emissions by 2050.”

Farmers for Climate Action Chief Executive Officer Verity Morgan-Schmidt said that farmers were on the frontline of climate change and wanted to be part of the solution.

“Farmers are already adopting climate-smart agricultural practices including sustainable intensification, diversification into renewable energy, revegetation, soil carbon sequestration, and regenerative agriculture,” Ms Morgan-Schmidt said.

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