The Animal Justice Party have announced today that Lucinda Scarman will be running in the 2020 Byron Shire Council elections.
As a long-time resident of the area and passionate activist for community change, the founder of Eco Minerals Cosmetics says that Byron Shire has the potential to be the most progressive region in Australia, leading the way on climate action, animal protection and community development.
Byron Council’s mayor and councillors, like many other local government bodies, are often under the microscope, particularly in matters to do with the environment and development and these are subjects Lucinda is keen to have a voice on.
Ms Scarman says that the AJP is more than just being about animals and not everyone might understand that. ‘It’s something we’ll be working on,’ she said. ‘We want to get the message out there that the AJP is all about kindness, and compassion, and that includes justice for humans and the environment.’
Ms Scarman that people might be more inclined to lean away from the established parties in the Byron Shire because of recent activity. ‘This is the first time we’re running at a local level so we hope to get to know all the like-minded candidates. At a state level we get on very well with Tamara Smith and hope to do the same locally.
‘I’d like to think that Byron Shire is well informed about issues that affect the community and at the next election they will be looking to vote differently and for someone new.’
Ms Scarman also feels that an increase in people living a vegan lifestyle indicates that people are willing to vote for a candidate who stands for all earthlings – Scarman says the AJP is the fastest-growing party in NSW.
Ms Scarman is happy to come under the close scrutiny that happens at the local government level. ‘The council is the government, elected by the people, therefore should expect well-founded scrutiny. Scrutiny shows that people care and I welcome it.’
Ms Scarman holds a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree. She says that she loves the Byron Shire; she has called this shire home for over a decade and lives a simple, off-grid life in Mullumbimby with her daughter and a family of horses and dogs.
‘Like the rest of Australia and the planet, the Byron Shire has many challenges. We are part of the global ecological emergency. Habitat destruction is rampant, land is degraded, our koalas are facing extinction.
‘We have problems with homelessness, struggling farmers, unemployment, affordable housing and many other issues. But we also have incredible individuals in the community capable of implementing excellent solutions to many of the challenges our region is facing.
‘Those who vote for me will be voting for urgent action to address climate change by protecting our existing native forests and marine habitats, implementing a clean energy target and supporting sustainable, ethical agricultural systems’, she says.
Ms Scarman says she will be standing for the environment and supporting sustainable and ethical initiatives so this shire and all of the residents, human and non-human, can thrive.