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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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  • 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...

  • Earlier this week, almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico near Shell’s Brutus drilling platform. New photos taken on Saturday show that it’s not a pretty sight.

    Two days after it was initially reported, oil sits on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after a Shell well leaked 88,200 gallons into the Gulf. Photo by Derick E. Hingle / Greenpeace.
    Two days after it was initially reported, oil sits on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after a Shell well leaked 88,200 gallons into the Gulf. Photo by Derick E. Hingle / Greenpeace.

    In the midst of a remarkable global wave of resistance to fossil fuels, we’ve received another stern reminder that it’s time to keep it in the ground and say no to deep sea oil drilling.

    Shell’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this week — just 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana — is the largest since BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the effects of which are still resonating throughout the region.

    Currently estimated... Read more >

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