Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians working to ensure farmers are a key part of the solution to climate change.
We support farmers to build climate and energy literacy and advocate for climate solutions both on and off farm. We are independent, non-profit and non-partisan.
We work closely with stakeholders across the agricultural and climate sectors to manage risks and find opportunities to tackle the challenge of climate change.
We are an associate member of the National Farmers’ Federation and a member of the Climate Action Network Australia.
You can read our most recent annual report here.
What we do
We engage through a community organising approach, working directly with farmers to recruit other farmers.
We inform through our capacity building work, upskilling our farmers in climate science and policy. We are a trusted, non-partisan voice for stakeholders across government and the broader community. We link the best experts in the lab with the best experts in the field.
We mobilise by inspiring farmers to achieve and advocate for climate action behind and beyond the farm gate.
How we work
We are evidence based and informed by the best available science.
We are collaborative, inclusive and respectful. We respect and embrace the diversity and wisdom of farming communities.
We are empowering our farmers to be bold and courageous and widening the space for rural Australia to take action on climate change.
We are sustainable and are committed to being here for the long haul through being ecologically, financially and socially responsible.
We are strategic and work towards delivering tangible, long-term results, while maximising our impact.
What makes us stand out
We are the only farmer-led organisation that specialises in climate action.
Agriculture accounts for 13 per cent of Australia’s emissions and yet we are the first organisation to focus on ensuring Australia reduces its emissions in a way that works for farmers.*
We also help farmers communicate with the public about climate change. This is critical as farmers are frequently recognised as some of the most trusted voices on climate change.
Where climate change movements have typically focussed on left-wing political parties, we are committed to bringing about multi-partisan political support for climate action and work across the political spectrum.
Farmers for Climate Action grew out of a meeting of frustrated farmers in the Blue Mountains in 2015.
Many had spent decades voicing their concerns about climate change to no avail. They resolved to get to work.
That year, more than 100 farmers signed a letter calling on the Federal Government to set stronger targets to reduce carbon pollution. Another group ran a crowdfunding campaign to send two young farmers, Joshua Gilbert and Anika Molesworth, to the UN Climate Talks in Paris.
In 2016 we set ourselves up as a formal group and ran a nationwide survey of farmer attitudes towards climate change and renewable energy. More than 1300 farmers around Australia took part, and in November 2016 a delegation of farmers presented the Australian Farmers Climate Survey results to politicians and industry leaders in Canberra.
In 2017 our Board was able to employ a CEO thanks to our supporters, and some of our most active members worked together to help set our direction. With more and more viable climate solutions available, we are keener than ever to see strong climate action from governments, businesses and the community.
Our theory of change
We believe that if we organise farmers, graziers and agriculturalists, to lead climate solutions on-farm and advocate together, we can influence our sector and the government to implement climate policies that reduce pollutions and benefit rural communities.
Our strategic plan
In order to achieve our vision, our work is divided into four key focus areas.
Focus Area 1: Agriculture is Climate Smart
Our goal is to achieve an increased uptake of climate-smart agriculture across the supply chain. This includes the delivery and implementation of a fully funded and implemented National Strategy on Climate Change & Agriculture, the delivery of climate smart agriculture training and lasting behavioural change on farm.
Focus Area 2: Farmers mobilised to drive a clean energy transition
Through a number of campaigns and capacity building activities we are calling for a rapid transformation of Australia’s energy system away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy in a way that maximises benefits to farmers and regional communities.
Focus Area 3: Rural and Regional MPs are championing climate action and renewable energy for regional Australia
Rural and regional MPs have the potential to play a critical role in helping Australian agriculture respond to the challenges of climate change. Farmers for Climate Action will work with key rural and regional MPs to ensure they are championing the climate action and renewable energy critical to the future of their electorates.
We have farmers mobilising to drive this change from Durack to the Riverina and Capricornia, and are so excited to see a proactive, constructive conversation initiated across key regional areas.
Focus Area 4: Agriculture leaders are championing climate action
Farmers for Climate Action is committed to helping the leaders of Australian agriculture become champions for climate action. We’re working through our networks to drive lasting change within leading industry bodies and support the sector to proactively demand meaningful action on climate change.
Our work is done by our volunteers, and we have a small but outstanding staff thanks to our supporters, donations, and monthly donors. Our partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal allows your donation to FCA via FRRR to be tax deductible, or you can donate directly to FCA.