ENVIRONMENTAL campaigner Nick Palmer is standing for Senator.
Mr Palmer, a 54-year-old St Lawrence resident who used to chair the Jersey branch of Friends of the Earth, is standing for a six-year Islandwide mandate on an environmental platform. Born in Birmingham, he moved to Jersey as a child. He was educated at First Tower School and Hautlieu, and is married to Alma.
He said that he had been speaking to other potential candidates about drafting a joint green platform that they could adopt, without going as far as forming a political party. Mr Palmer added that adopting ‘environmental economics’ – that would give companies and Islanders tax rebates for reducing their carbon footprints with insulation or recycling for example – would be a step forward for the Island.
‘We should aim to be a centre for ecological economics excellence and so we should provide a welcome to those with knowledge of environmental economics to come here while giving every encouragement to our existing finance and legal industry to start training staff in these matters, followed in due course by conversion of their practices,’ he said.
He joins sitting Senator Mike Vibert, Deputy Peter Troy, former Magistrate Ian Le Marquand, Fairtrade campaigner Daniel Wimberley and therapist Cliff Le Clercq in the running for Senator.