A new local political party has registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Independents for Climate Action Now (ICAN) claim to be locally grown and aim to ‘disrupt Australia’s party based political system by making climate change a non-partisan issue’.
Party leader and environmental scientist Jim Tait said ICAN grew out of his concerns and frustrations surrounding national climate policy.
He said of ICAN, ‘It has been a major collaborative effort to get this far, considering we only had our first public meeting in September 2018.’
‘We now have a web site , a Facebook page, a constitution, and over 700 members with membership growing daily. The effort put in by the working group has been legendary and reflects people’s commitment to the cause of climate action now.
‘ICAN is a party of allied independents bound by a commitment to delivering effective, scientific evidence-based policies to address the climate emergency.’
‘ICAN’s emergency-based policy response to climate change has six foundations:
1. 100 per cent Renewable Energy Transition
2. Managed Phase Out of the Fossil Fuel Industry
3. Natural Resource and Ecosystem Management for Carbon Sequestration
4. Investment in Science and Technology to Implement Carbon Drawdown
5. Creating a Beyond Zero Emissions Society, and
6. Planned Adaptation for Unavoidable Climate Impacts.’