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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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  • 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.

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  • Panama Papers: The plot thickens

    Blogpost by Nick Young - May 10, 2016 at 13:23

    Back in April, the Panama Papers rocked the world, exposing just how the global elite use offshore trusts in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands, Panama and the Bahamas to hide their wealth and dodgy deals. Thanks to an anonymous whistleblower who leaked a huge amount of data from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, we now have confirmation of the full extent of global tax avoidance.

    UPDATE:  Prime Minister John Key has made a desperate attempt to shift focus away from the real issues in the Panama Papers by repeating some long discredited allegations connected to charities seemingly appearing in a search of the 2013 ‘offshore leaks’ dump (not the Panama Papers). The Prime Minister is wrong. The search shows an entity mischieviously named “Greenpeace International” as a benefici... Read more >

  • On September 18, 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism and piracy. The story of the Arctic 30, as they came to be known, was one heard around the world, and one that Peter Willcox writes about in his new book "Greenpeace Captain." Read an exclusive excerpt here.

    The following was excerpted with permission from chapter 19 of “Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet,” by Peter Willcox with Ronald Weiss. Available from Thomas Dunne Books. Copyright © 2016.

    Maggy had been watching a live Greenpeace feed in our home in Maine, anxiously awaiting the moment when my head would p... Read more >

  • Yesterday, Greenpeace New Zealand coordinated one of the largest civil disobedience climate protests in our country’s history, and it was a beautiful thing.

    Inspired by the peaceful civil-disobedience of Te Whiti o Rongomai, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi and Rosa Parks, close to 300 people blocked all entrances to New Zealand’s largest oil industry conference. They did it simply with their bodies, and when the police asked them to move, they politely declined.

    The message it sent to the oil industry was unmistakable. We are not going to stand by and allow the search for oil that we cannot afford to burn to continue. People power is strong and this peoples’ climate movement is getting stronger by the day. We grew stronger and we re-learned something importantIf your strategy is good en... Read more >

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