A ground-breaking new film on the dangers of global warming hits
the silver screen this week and places farmers firmly at the centre
of solutions to climate change.
Al Gore’s controversial documentary An Inconvenient Truth
follows his crusade to wake up the world to the threat of climate
change. He urges the public to pause rather than move from denial
to despair and attempts to offer simple solutions to stop the potential
meltdown facing future generations.
Gore – a cattle farmer’s son – talks about solutions
to climate change such as the growing of renewable energy crops
and the storing of carbon in soils and vegetation which agriculture
is well placed to deliver.
NFU president Peter Kendall said: “For a long time I have
believed farmers and growers are more than ready to meet the challenges
of climate change by growing renewable energy.
“This is our chance to make a positive contribution to mitigating
climate change and improving the environment. In the film Al Gore
says: “this is our time to rise again to secure our future.” I
believe UK farmers are ready for a long-term vision to supply a
sustainable and secure home-grown energy source.”
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