A world summit is scheduled to take place on Wednesday to address the climate change crisis and the impact of climate change on Australia’s agriculture sector.
It will be the first time the Australian Government has held a global summit on climate action.
But it is expected to be overshadowed by an event being organised by the US government that will see climate-related policies and legislation debated at the highest levels of the US Government.
Australian farmers are among the most affected by climate change.
They face severe fluctuations in rainfall and other climate conditions as well as increasing levels of soil erosion and salinity.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates the agricultural sector in Australia lost 6,200 tonnes of water and lost almost $30 billion worth of crops in the past 20 years.
The US Federal Agriculture Department has reported the United States will lose more than $5 billion in water resources this year due to climate change, which the US Geological Survey estimates will cost it an extra $5.7 billion this year.
The Government says it is committed to ensuring Australian farmers receive a fair and balanced return for their investment.
“Climate change is real, it’s happening now, it is occurring across the world and it’s not going away,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said.
“This is an issue for the Australian people and we have to deal with it.”
We’re going to be the largest agricultural nation in the world, and that’s not changing.
“What do you think?
Is this a world summit?