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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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  • This morning, a team of Greenpeace activists were met by an overwhelming police presence at the Port of Taranaki.

    Early this morning the Polarcus Alima - a survey vessel chartered by the US oil giant Anadarko - slipped in to the Port of Taranaki.

    They no doubt hoped to keep a low profile before embarking on their scheduled assignment to explore for deep sea oil reserves off the coast of Raglan but we cannot let this go unnoticed. This is the pointy end of the looming deep sea oil rush in New Zealand coastal waters.

    Greenpeace had a small team there to meet it with a peaceful protest but the police seem unusually interested in preventing anything coming between Anadarko and New Zealand’s promised deep sea oil reserves. How did they know we were coming? We’re not sure. But what is clear ... Read more >

  • Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2011 at 9:01

    Greenpeace is deeply saddened by news of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai's passing away. It is a sadness we are sharing with people right across the African continent, and the world.

    Professor Maathai was instrumental in the anti-deforestation movement, and a passionate fighter for human rights and social justice for the communities that depend on forest resources. She lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Wangari Maathai was also a Nobel Peace Laureate, an environmentalist, and the founder of the Green Belt Movement; a woman who stood up and fought fearlessly for the better management of forests -- and the communities that depend on them -- at a time when no one else would.

    As a consequence of the work she did, Professor Maathai and other Greenband Movement staff and colleagu... Read more >

  • Moving Planet: September 24th!

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 23, 2011 at 8:36

    Emergency mobilisation tomorrow - Saturday, September 24th, people. Get your skates on. Its big it's urgent, it's global.

    At more than 2000 events in 175 countries, folks who are fed up with our politicians ignoring the big red flashing "Check Engine" light on the planet's dashboard are getting out of the car and walking, biking, skating, pogo-sticking to events where we'll be declaring, loud and clear, that it's time to move this planet beyond fossil fuels.

    This Saturday 24th September, 350.org is partnering with dozens of organisations around the world, including Greenpeace, for a global day of action, Moving Planet. We're not literally moving to a new planet, but we are rallying to move the planet beyond fossil fuels.

    We're doing that with people power - on bikes, skateboards or... Read more >

  • Detox campaign hat trick: Adidas joins Nike and Puma

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 1, 2011 at 14:04

    David Beckham lookalike in an Adidas t-shirt showing off his Detox tattoo

    Adidas has just announced it's goign toxic free! This is great news for our environment, our rivers and the millions of people in China and elsewhere who depend on rivers for drinking water and agriculture. Without the coming together of Greenpeace supporters and activists to challenge Nike, Adidas and other would-be champions to lead the way towards a toxic-free future, it would have taken much longer to achieve.

    The world's top three sportswear brands -- Nike, Adidas and Puma -- have now committed publicly to eliminate all discharges of hazardous chemicals throughout their supply chain and across the entire lifecycle of their products by 2020. (See Adidas's statement here)

    No 'safe' amount of hazardous chemicals

    Importantly, Adidas's commitment to ‘zero discharge’ of hazardou... Read more >

  • We won’t back down to Sealord’s bully tactics

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 1, 2011 at 10:53

    Our subvertising campaign on Monday targeting Sealord and its unsustainable tuna was hard to miss and it certainly didn’t escape the attention of the Sealord management or their lawyers.

    Yesterday afternoon we received a very grumpy letter from Sealord’s lawyers Russell McVeagh questioning our facts and telling us to stop our campaign - or else.

    But - we stand behind all of the statements we have made regarding Sealord’s tuna sourcing and we won’t be put off that easily.

    We believe that New Zealanders have the right to know the ecological impact of the food they purchase, in order to make informed choices at the checkout. The feedback on Sealord’s own Facebook page and the many thousands of emails sent to Sealord show how keen kiwis are for Sealord to mend its ways.

    Our message is ver... Read more >

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