The warming of our climate has impacts for everyone. On the Monaro, climate change will, and is, affecting the landscape, industries, health and lifestyle of everyone that lives there, even if they haven’t realised it yet.
The current drought affecting NSW and Queensland is the worst drought on record, both in terms of record low rainfall and high temperatures. Since the Monaro became affected by the drought pasture quality has declined, farmers have been forced to sell off livestock, including breeding animals, and have spent huge amounts of money buying in feed for their livestock. Agriculture is a key industry on the Monaro, so the drought has had a big impact on farming families with flow on effects to the local community. An increase in the frequency and intensity of droughts is predicted under all climate change scenarios over the next 50-100 years.
There has also been an unprecedented impact on the local environment, with vast expanses of eucalyptus bushland turning brown as their crowns suffer from dieback. Climate change also contributed to the horrific fires of the 2019-20 summer that destroyed many local beauty spots, including areas of Kosciusko and Wadbilliga national parks.
As we experience increasingly warmer winters, our ski seasons are becoming shorter, and the quality of the snow is declining. Warmer days impact the snow pack, and the ability of the resorts to operate becomes increasingly dependent on snowmaking.
If we want to preserve our wonderful lifestyle and profitable industries on the Monaro, we all need to act now to get more meaningful reduction in carbon emissions.