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Nick Young

Nick has worked with Greenpeace for more than 10 years and is now Head of Digital at Greenpeace NZ.

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  • Help name our new boat

    Blogpost by Nick Young - March 16, 2017 at 22:48

    Wow - we did it! Together, we’ve bought ‘The People's Boat’. Almost 1,000 people chipped in and together we have bought the boat that’s going to confront the Amazon Warrior - AKA, The Beast.

    Now we need you to give it a name. It’s only fitting that a crowdfunded boat gets a crowdsourced name!

    We need a name that reflects its people-powered spirit, its New Zealand heritage, and its new role as a guardian of our oceans and coastlines. It's a humble 15 metre ex-pilot boat with 7 berths and gets along at a fair rate of knots. It's not flashy, but it's seaworthy and safe.

    Click here to suggest a name. Once everyone has submitted their suggestions, we’ll pick out a shortlist, and then ask you to vote on the final choice.

    We’re preparing a crew, and soon we’ll be cleaning the bilges, stockin... Read more >

  • Kaikoura Earthquake: How to help or get help

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 16, 2016 at 7:28

    Wanting to lend a hand, or provide some type of assistance after NZ was shaken just after midnight on Monday? 

    Here are some ways you can help or get help.

    HOTLINES TO CALL

    The organisation All Right? works to support Cantabrians' mental health and wellbeing post quakes. They have free help available at 0800 777 846, or online.

    Federated Farmers is encouraging people in rural areas struck by the earthquake to ring 0800 FARMING so that they can get a clearer idea of who needs help.

    The Mental Health Foundation is also encouraging people who have been traumatised by the quake to get in touch.

    DONATE
    The New Zealand Red Cross has a special fund for victims of the Kaikoura quakes. You can donate here.

    ON THE GROUND IN KAIKOURA 

    In Kaikōura, volunteers are needed. If you able, go to the w... Read more >

  • The Paris agreement has catapulted us all into a new reality. Governments have signed it, now they must act on it. And meanwhile, a global movement of people against fossil fuels is moving ahead - and you can be a part of it. We are the generation that ends fossil fuels!

    Here are four ways people just like you are leading the charge towards a safer, greener and more peaceful future.

    1. Typhoon survivors take on world’s biggest polluters

    Around 15,000 Filipinos march in Quezon City demanding climate justice ahead of the 2015 COP. 28/11/2015 © Jed Delano / Greenpeace

    Typhoon survivors, advocates and NGOs (including Greenpeace Southeast Asia) in the Philippines made history last year when they lodged a legal complaint with the country’s Human Rights Commission (CHR). This triggered an investigation into the world’s biggest polluters’ failure to reduce carbon emissions and responsibility for increasing the risk of cli... Read more >

  • Three small letters destroying the rainforest

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 21, 2016 at 17:53

    Last year, Indonesian forest fires shocked the world. Some called them ‘the worst environmental disaster of the 21st century’. So why hasn’t that shock turned into action - and why are fires blazing across Indonesia again?

    Aerial view from a helicopter of fires at forest and palm oil plantation in peatland area in Pangkalan Terap, Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan regency, Riau. Riau Province Forest Fires Task Force still try to extinguish the fire in the peatland area from the air and on the ground.

    Decades of forest destruction by palm oil and paper companies laid the foundations for 2015’s Indonesian forest fires. The Indonesian government responded with a firm commitment to crack down on rogue companies. Hundreds of thousands of us pushed brands like Colgate to toughen up their ‘no deforestation’ policies.

    But while some progress has been made, some of the biggest palm oil traders are still sitting on their hands. One particular company, called IOI, has been making and breaking promises on forest protection for almost 10 years. It is one of the biggest palm oi...

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  • Shocking new research reveals at least 185 environmental activists were murdered fighting for the planet last year. 

    It was the deadliest year on record - yet you won’t see this story in the newspapers, nor the all culprits punished. 

    Berta Caceres is one murdered activist whose name is gradually beginning to be heard across the globe, as people call for justice in both the Global South and on the streets of European cities. Just last week a protest was held outside the Honduran Embassy in London calling for justice.

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    Honduran activist Berta had just a short 45 years to make an impact, but the mark she left on the world was huge. She set up an organisation for indigenous rights, took on powerful loggers and plantation owners and spent 10 years fighting a destructive dam. Desp...

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