Climate change is an issue that concerns many people. Australia is the hottest and driest continent and our farmers supply 93% of the food and resources in this country.
We were asked the question "What is Climate Change?" Here are some of our responses.
We also watched these videos about Climate Change and Earth Hour.
Traditions of Wool Production in Jugiong
Jugiong is a village community on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. It was first settled in the 1820's by sheep grazier, Henry O'Brien.
Jugiong has a rich tradition of sheep/wool production with 10 of our families (8 students, 1 Principal and 1 teacher) who produce wool from Merinos and crossbreeds. We even have a Merino ram on our school emblem.
How Climate Change is impacting on the Wool Industry in Jugiong
The wool industry comprises of 7-10% of the gross value of agricultural production in Australia, earning between three and four billion export dollars per annum.
At the moment, Jugiong is being pelted with rain and our dams and creeks are running and overflowing.
This September has been very wet in our area. We have had a number of wet days with higher rainfalls compared with up to 7 years ago. As you can see from this table, the differences between this month and years ago.
This shows that in 9 days we had 91.2mm of rain. It also shows a change in temperatures. From this table, we can see that there has been some sort of climate change.
From this rain, we have also had some minor flooding. This is due to the rain filling the closest dam, Burrinjuck, almost to full capacity. They have had to release water into the Murrumbidgee River, causing higher river levels, flooding and closing of roads.
The CSIRO has produced a paper focusing on the impacts of Climate Change by 2029 in the Wool Industry. They have predicted that Climate Change is likely to affect a range of variables associated with wool production. These variables are:
If you would like to read more about the CSIRO's paper, please download the file below.