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ICAN Candidate profile – Jim Tait BSc
Jim is the founder of Independents for Climate Action Now (ICAN) and an environmental scientist who specialises in freshwater ecosystems. During a 32 year career, Jim has worked for research organisations and in his own consultancy business to industry, government and community. He has also managed national scale assessments of Australia’s catchments, rivers, estuaries and biodiversity for the Australian government.
Jim is a family man with two teenage children. He comes from a rural north Queensland and tropical Papua New Guinea background but has resided in the Northern Rivers Region of NSW for 17 years. He and his family share a love of the outdoors, enjoying camping, fishing, bushwalking, bush regeneration and gardening.
Concern for his children’s future and the natural world are the primary motivations for his desire to address climate change politically. “As the climate science has got more and more compelling, I was at first amazed and then seriously worried by the denial of the science and lack of effective action”. “While our youth are becoming increasingly alarmed and activated for their future, it up to us as responsible adults to step up and take political action” Jim says.
Australia can build a renewable energy powered economy including a reinvigorated manufacturing sector and export clean energy to the world. Jim believes pragmatism and working across the political spectrum is key to delivering effective climate policy outcomes. These are skills he’s gained as an environmental consultant working between industry, government and community. Please support him to deliver a viable future for our kids.