The Archibull Prize celebrates Australian farmers and the food and fibres they produce.
Agricultural systems play an important role in both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Worldwide agriculture generates one third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
Direct emissions account for 14 percent of this, including emissions generated by livestock. Another 18 percent of emissions are connected to changes in land use, such as deforestation. Through cropland management, prevention of land conversion, transition to renewable energy, and soil conservation practices, in addition to a suite of social and policy methods, it is estimated the agricultural sector could stop contributing excess greenhouse gases by 2030.
The following resources on the impact of Climate Change on Food and Farming remind us of the need to tackle global warming together for the sake of our rural communities and the supply of fresh and healthy food to our door. These resources will show how burning fossil fuels such as coal and gas makes global warming worse, contributing to more extreme weather and droughts that threaten farming communities and Australia’s supply of fresh food.
I am delighted to have been involved with the Young Farming Champions since 2014. I originally joined the program because I wanted to learn how to play a more impactful role in the agricultural sector which I care about so much. I knew that by investing in my own development, I could give back to the people and places that I cherish.
Over the last 6 years I have learnt so much! I have learnt industry specific knowledge – about grains, cotton, poultry, meat and livestock. I have learnt the importance of collaboration. Working with people who have different backgrounds, experience and perspectives is so invigorating and stimulates my mind like nothing else. I have been challenged by the questions, students have asked me when I present to their classes, and been energized by their enthusiasm to learn more about food, fibre and farming. I have also been humbled by the teachers who invite the Young Farming Champions into their classrooms.
This program has allowed me to make an impact on an issue that is very close to my heart – climate change. It has developed my personal skills in confidence and resilience. It has developed my career skills in public speaking and fundraising. It has also enabled me to achieve my desire of giving back. I know because of this program I am making a meaningful difference.
Feeding a Hungry Nation Climate Change
Food and Farming in Australia. This report is full of information on how global warming is already affecting the produce we enjoy in our everyday lives including fresh vegetables, cereals, bread and fruit.
Appetite for Change
This documentary created for Earth Hour in Australia in 2015 shine a light on the impacts of global warming on Aussie food and farming.
Planet to Plate Cookbook
In an Australian publishing first, Planet to Plate uniquely and beautifully incorporates first-hand stories from Australian farmers highlighting the impact global warming is having on their farms and the nation’s availability of fresh, home-grown food and quality natural fibres.
Climate Change resources aligned with the Australian curriculum. In 2015 Earth Hour Australia partnered with Cool Australia to create a series of engaging food, farming and climate change. Teachers can access the lessons for FREE and download digital worksheets, Smartboard lessons and a host of other resources to teach lessons that will last a lifetime. These resources are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and address the cross curricula priorities of ‘sustainability’. They include a collection of new digital learning resources where students learn by having fun.
Take Climate 101 with Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and you'll be schooled in the scientific fundamentals of climate change in under 5 minutes. Separate fact from fiction, and we can end the debate and denial and move on to solutions, together.
www.cottonaustralia.com.au - climate challenges and cotton
www.cottonaustralia.com.au - a sustainable cotton industry
www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au - leading the world in cotton future climate studies