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Batesford, Fyansford, Stonehaven Landcare Group

Climate change is now.
Plants and animals don’t care about politics, they demonstrate the truth by simply responding  to the conditions to which they are exposed .  And an increasing body of evidence tells us that climate change is a reality. Evidence based knowledge can be trusted. Science is evidence based knowledge.

In the latest Landcare Magazine Winter 2017 Issue 69  Professor Richard Eckhard, (Director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre, Melbourne University),  writes in his article Climate Change - plants and animals don’t lie, that the agricultural sector has been observing changes for some time.

Eckhard notes that in recent years with higher spring temperatures wine grapes are ripening earlier as are harvests in late summer and early autumn,  providing tactical challenges for the management of vintage. Similar challenges are occurring in parts of Germany and France.

The early onset of drier summers is reducing the growing season of crops in the spring,  and warmer and drier conditions show changing patterns of pasture growth and harvest. They indicate that for past 15 years, pasture growth shows a pattern closer to what was originally predicted for 2030 and 2050 indicating that climate change is advancing faster than predicted in 2009.

More intense frosts are also predicted across southern Australia due to clearer winter skies and night time heat loss. The warmer average temperatures increase the rate of crop development making them harvest ready earlier and exposing them to frost risk.

Eckhard observes that mounting evidence from the plant and animal kingdoms over the past 15 to 20 years means climate change is not in the future but is now.  Additionally we read of many other indicators including coral bleaching, mangrove die off, sea level rise and the like. Consequently land managers are adapting best practices to cope with trends but extreme events are the biggest challenge for farmers and managers.

Human induced climate change has since the beginning of the industrial revolution increasingly and rapidly impacted on the health of our planet. We can no longer remain in denial about this. Thankfully we all have a vote in this country and we should use it wisely to let governments know that for the future of our children and their ability to live healthy lives we need to transition away from dirty fossil fuels, and those who promote them, and embrace a more sustainable future developing clean energy technologies.  Our lives should be not be governed by greed but by need.

Finally, whether you accept it or not, our lives are completely embedded in the creative ideas that science has produced, (for better or worse), through evidence based research, whether it be electricity, the motor car, flight, computer technology, the wheat crop or penicillin, and so much more.

National Tree Day - Sunday 30th July 2017
Come and help us plant trees in the Red Gum Reserve on National Tree Day Sunday 30 July 2017

Red Gum Reserve Blackall Rd


9.30 am – 12 .30 pm 

Morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch provided

For more information go to Planet Ark:

TREES are the lungs of the Earth.
Human beings need lungs to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.
TREES help the planet breathe by turning carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen.
An imbalance of either pollutes the air we breathe.

TREES and forests around the world act like the planet’s air conditioning system and keep the planet cool.

Come and do your bit for the environment and combat global warming.