The third event of Sydney Environment Institute’s Communities on the Frontline Series explores how Australia can ensure its agricultural future through regenerative farming and transitioning away from harmful coal seam gas extraction.
The IPCC has made it clear that it is now or never to decarbonise. Yet there remains a significant investment and prospecting for coal seams gas projects such as Shell and Arrow Energy’s Surat Gas Project in the Darling Downs of Queensland. This panel discussion, hosted in partnership with the University of Sydney’s Institute of Agriculture, explores how the extraction of coal seam gas could affect the vibrant farming life and threaten Australia’s agricultural industry.
SEI’s Unsettling Resources research lead Professor Susan Park sits down with farmer Tabitha Karp, gas expert Dr Madeline Taylor, and agriculture expert Dr Rebecca Cross, as they discuss the regulatory failures of coal seam gas, the impacts of extraction on the regions ‘black soil’, possible co-benefits for farmers for carbon sequestration, and the future of agriculture in Australia.
Dr Rebecca Cross, University of Sydney's Institute of Agriculture
Tabitha Karp, Farmer from the Darling Downs, Queensland
Professor Susan Park, University of Sydney
Dr Madeline Taylor, Macquarie University
This event is part of the Sydney Environment Institute’s Communities on the Frontline Series, which explores the impacts of a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy on a range of local communities on the frontline.