Farmers Mobilization in Response to Climate Changes

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Farmers Mobilization in Response to Climate Changes

Farmers Mobilization in Response to Climate Changes

Date:2010-09-07

Address the climate change impact on agriculture, forestry and fishing, the sooner the better prevention

The temperature has kept rising this summer with the hottest foehn on record sweeping the other day Dawu , Taitung County, and most people enjoy air conditioning behind closed doors. As global warming has worsen and rainstorms and drought become normality, should we worry about how to adjust ourselves to face future extreme weathers?

Following the initial adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in the 1997 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) meeting with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by the year 2012, representatives from 192 countries gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009 for the 15th FCCC signatory meeting to decide global carbon emission reductions between 2012 and 2017. National policy on reducing carbon emissions may be too far away from us, but to control global warming no more than 2 degrees Celsius is a pressing task.

Therefore, we have to join efforts in slowing down climate deterioration on one hand, and adjust ourselves in order to survive in the increasingly warming environment on the other hand. This special series have compiled many methods of alleviating the global warming crisis in our everyday life and it is more important for farmers to confront the impact of climate changes on agriculture, forestry, fishery and animal husbandry and formulate in advance countermeasures against this increasingly difficult production environment.

The Council of Agriculture (COA) convened on June 15, 2010 a Policy Conference on Adjusting Agriculture in Response to Climate Changes at the National Taiwan University Hospital International Convention Center, discussing such issues as agricultural resources and ecology, disaster prevention and rescue, and energy conservation and emission reduction. The participants reached agreement on 43 strategies and 208 countermeasures, giving Taiwan’s agriculture a clearer direction and more circumspect practices in response to future climate changes.

Farmers bear the brunt of damages caused by climate changes, with their farmland lying fallow due to water shortage, their livestock losing fertility because of high temperatures and fishes and shrimps in their farms dying from heat. Forests are the only weapon which can help us absorb carbon emissions. Confronted with more frequent natural disasters, have farmers begun taking countermeasures against climate changes? They face the risk of losing international competitiveness if they do not strive for farm production with less carbon emissions. And it is important that the government agencies help local agriculture survive by formulating adjustment measures. As a member of the global village, do you take conserving energy, reducing carbon emissions as well as helping “cool” the Earth seriously? We can escape the fate of becoming climate refugees only by working together as a team to minimize such a foreseeable possibility in the future.

This series of articles are aimed at informing farmers and the public of how they should adjust their attitude and practices in response to climate changes.

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