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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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  • #ClimateVoter Debate Runs Hot Before Election

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 10, 2014 at 8:01

    At the Great Climate Voter Debate last week, politicians had the chance to tell the nation how their party plans to meet the challenge of climate change.

    It was a huge success. We had a sellout crowd at Q Theater, over 13,000 people tuned in to the live stream online, it was expertly moderated by Samantha Hayes and the #ClimateVoter hashtag was trending nationwide throughout.

    Along with our Climate Voter partners Forest & Bird, Oxfam, Generation Zero, 350 and WWF, our aim from the outset has been to put climate change on the agenda this election and we’ve succeeded.

    As I write this nearly 60,000 people have signed on as Climate Voters since we launched only about 8 weeks ago and the level of interest in the debate shows that this is an issue voters care about.

    Sign on here if you haven't... Read more >

  • The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act so along with the other 5 groups who launched the intiative, we’re going to the High Court to test the Electoral Act.

    This is an important free speech test case. Here’s a short Friday afternoon round-up of some of the news reporting and blogs from earlier in the week.

    Radio New Zealand covered it on Morning Report - you can listen here.

    One News and Newstalk gave it some airtime as well.

    And both Stuff and the Herald filed pieces too.

    A bunch of well-read bloggers considered the impending High Court case, in some interesting ways. Micky Savage on the Standard with ‘Dear Greenpeace – difficult cases make bad law’ ‘Climate Voter and the Electoral Act’ over on No Right Turn. The Jackal with Climate Voter and... Read more >

  • High Court Action Over Climate Voter

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 14, 2014 at 15:28

    Over 20,000 New Zealanders have now signed on as Climate Voters and in doing so signaled to our politicians that climate change will be in the forefront of their minds when they vote on the 20th September this year. It's a powerful statement, but there’s a problem.

    The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act. If that’s left unchallenged, Climate Voter and the six groups backing it could be subject to a range of legal requirements and restrictions that would make it difficult for us to continue.

    We strongly believe that Climate Voter should not be captured by this legislation.

    This is really important. And it’s far bigger than Climate Voter. It’s about democracy and it’s about freedom of speech. There’s a very real risk that, if this interpretatio...

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  • Anadarko court case lost, but cowboys exposed

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 13, 2014 at 14:57

    After the protests at sea against the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras’ deep sea drilling exploits off the East Cape were so successful, the National Government made certain aspects of protest at sea illegal with the Anadarko Amendment to clear the way for the Texan oil giant Anadarko to have a crack.

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    We then showed how catastrophic a deep sea drilling blowout could be, and headed out to sea again with the Oil Free Seas Flotilla to confront Anadarko’s drillship for four days and nights at the deep sea drill-site West of Raglan.

    And thousands of you then turned out for the Banners on the Beach protest against deep sea drilling.

    But despite all the risks, and the obvious public opposition they drilled anyway (and found nothing).

    We then asked you, our supporters, to help fund a High Cou... Read more >

  • Procter & Gamble don't want you to see this film

    Blogpost by Nick Young - March 7, 2014 at 11:41

    If you've turned on the television in the last few months, you might have seen Procter & Gamble's new advert 'Thank You Mom'. If so, there's another side to the story you need to see.

     

    WARNING: This film contains graphic and heartbreaking content. But this is a story that must be told. 

    Procter & Gamble claims to be a 'proud sponsor of moms'. But it buys palm oil from companies that are trashing Indonesia's rainforest, destroying the habitat of the last orangutans.

    Thanks to P&G and its palm oil suppliers, many orangutan babies no longer have a mother.

    We can't let Procter & Gamble get away with it. If you haven't done so yet, please let the company know how you feel - and share this film with your friends. Read more >

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