Veterinarians for Climate Action welcomes the National Farmers Federation's decision to back a carbon neutral Australian economy by 2050.
Veterinarians for Climate Action is a movement of working and retired veterinarians, students and vet nurses from across Australia, who recognise that climate change is hurting the animals they love and putting Australia's biosecurity at risk.
Former Chief Veterinary Officer for Queensland Ron Glanville said:
"We at Vets for Climate Action were pleased to see the National Farmers Federation support a move towards net zero emissions across the Australian economy by 2050."
"As vets, we work side by side with farmers and the agriculture industries every day to ensure the health and welfare of Australia's livestock."
"Climate change, caused by the burning of fossil fuels for energy, is directly impacting on our animals, through increasing the risk of hotter, drier and more extreme weather, as we saw so tragically with the bushfires over summer."
"Climate change is also causing changes in disease distribution, an issue that is on all Australians' minds as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic."
"The climate scientists advise that we need more ambitious targets than the one set by the National Farmers Federation, but we see it as a great first step."