Australian Farmer's Climate Change Song

by Alice
(Adelaide, South Australia)

Farmer and Adviser Bill Long in

Farmer and Adviser Bill Long in

Twelve months ago the singing farmer and adviser, Bill Long, released the "Wild Radish Song" and last week he released the "Carbon Resolution."

"I’m hoping my song will start conversations about how farmers can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming." Mr. Long from Ardrossan, South Australia said.

The song aims to encourage advisors and farmers to have a conversation about how farming practices can not only improve productivity, but also have an impact on greenhouse gas emissions ultimately slowing global warming.

"Carbon Resolution" was launched on YouTube as part of an extension program to raise awareness about the agricultural sectors impact on climate change.

Carbon Resolution

The Building Farmer and Advisor Knowledge in Carbon Farming Project aims to train farm advisers and improve their understanding of carbon farming.

Mr. Long wrote the song after being inspired by the success of his previous song, "The Wild Radish Song."

"What 'The Wild Radish Song' did was create interest from growers and advisors to go and find out more information about herbicide resistant radish.

"This song is aimed to be the hook to create some interest in the hopes to get the dialogue between farmers and advisors going.

"We’ve spent just over 12 months training ourselves as advisers about the Carbon Farming Initiative and now it's time to discuss the issues with the growers we work with." Mr. Long said.

Spreading an Important Message

He hopes people not only listen to the song, but the message as well.

"The lyrics address the small production changes we can all make, that accumulatively as an industry, will have a big impact on greenhouse gas emission and global warming.

"I hope it’s an 'ear worm' and I hope you listen to it more than once! It’s a song inspired by John Butler’s 'Revolution,' which is a catchy song I enjoy." he said.

The song is hoped to reach the current farming generation who can make a decision now to change practices.

"They’re the ones that need to heed the messages. We are the last generation of farmers that have an opportunity to change practices and have an impact."

Mr. Long believes if we do nothing this generation will be the last to hand on the farm to the next generation in a better state than they received it in.

"If we don’t make changes now it will be too late."

The Wild Radish Song

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