Blueberry grower lost final two weeks of crop in heatwaves.
- Blueberries are suited to lower temperatures (ideally between 10 and 12.8 degrees).
- Hotter temperatures will decrease pollination time leading to smaller yields.
- The region has seen 20 out of the last 21 years above average temperatures.
- January temperatures are rising, with 2019 nearly 6 degrees above the long term average.
- Blueberry growing will be restricted to southern Victoria and Tasmania.
- Blueberries will become more expensive whilst seeing a decrease in quality.
What can be done?
- Email your local MP and tell them that action on climate is important to you and explain the impacts being felt in your area. One email might not feel like much but most politicians consider it to be representative of 100 citizens.
- Get involved with local groups taking action on climate, in this community look out for Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) group.
- Help support the Act on Climate collective by donating; we are leading the charge for climate action. Your donation helps in advancing policies that prevent climate change from getting worse, we aim to empower communities and build a strong pro-climate-action constituency that governments can’t ignore, and as an added bonus it’s tax-deductable.
- Get involved with Act on Climate. We meet every Monday at 6pm (upstairs at 312 Smith St, Collingwood) and welcome all newcomers to join in the fight for climate justice. If you are unable to attend, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the latest campaign.
* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
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“Albury-Wodonga January 2019 Daily Weather Observations”, Bureau of Meteorology, published April 17 2019, http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/201901/html/IDCJDW2002.201901.shtml
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Melbourne, “Appetite for Change: Global Warming Impacts on Food and Farming Regions in Australia.”, 13, https://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/2752272/MSSI_AppetiteForChange_Report_2015.pdf
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