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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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  • NZ Government abandons the Last Ocean

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 7, 2012 at 12:42

    If you’d read some of the media reports on the Government’s decision on protecting the Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve, you could be forgiven for thinking we’d got a good result.

    Unfortunately the truth is far from good. This cartoon in today’s Herald says it all.

    Cartoon courtesy of the NZH and Rod Emmerson

    The New Zealand Government has rejected an invaluable opportunity for a joint proposal with the US to protect the Ross Sea.  In unison the US and New Zealand would have had a much greater chance of succeeding with consensus at the international forum of 24 nations + the EU where the matter will be decided in October.

    The two countries will instead submit separate proposals thereby significantly reducing the likelihood of substantive protection for the Ross Sea.

    We heard Minister M... Read more >

  • LIVE: Greenpeace activists are now confronting the world’s second largest factory fishing trawler, the FV Margiris, as it arrives in Australia.

    The activists are calling on the Australian Government to refuse to grant a fishing license to the FV Margiris and introduce a policy to ban all super trawlers from Australian waters.

    Super trawlers use an indiscriminate fishing method which can decimate fish stocks and kill turtles, dolphins, seals and other marine animals. Their super-size allows them to literally vacuum up entire schools of fish. You could fly a Jumbo Jet through the opening of its net with room to spare.

    And there’s a New Zealand connection. It has been revealed that two New Zealanders have a controlling interest in the ship.

    Peter and Donna Simunovich are major shareholde... Read more >

  • Super trawlers and bycatch: the true story

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 30, 2012 at 9:38

    Margiris Super Trawler

    As the super trawler Margiris steams towards Australia’s shores, a series of concerns have been raised. One is the impact on marine life, like dolphins and seals, that invariably are caught in the vessel’s enormous nets. Although according to the operators, this issue has been solved. So has it?

    Stop the Super Trawler Margiris
    These photos were taken by researchers on board Dutch super trawlers while conducting peer-reviewed studies.

    Pavel Klinckhamers, Oceans Campaigner from Greenpeace Holland tells his side of the story.

    This week, Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke added his voice to the concerns about the unwanted bycatch that the Margiris may scoop up while taking 18 million kilogrammes of fish out of Australian waters. He has a point. The risk for bycatch is a very real one on these big trawlers.

    When I... Read more >

  • Arctic Sea Ice minimum - new record is set in 2012

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 28, 2012 at 7:31

    Minimum Ice, Maximum Risk © Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

    In the Greenpeace office, staff have developed a bad habit. We take our seats, switch our computers on and click on the bookmark to the National Snow and Ice Data Center website. Today was like any other day, except that today the extent of sea ice melt surpassed that of 2007, the lowest year on record. The plummeting line on this seemingly innocuous graph shows that the Arctic has already lost more ice than ever before in recorded history - and it’s still melting. Across the office it was met with a sharp intake of breath.

    Just 30 years ago, the Arctic Ocean ice cap covered an area roughly the size of Australia. Within a few decades, it will almost certainly disappear completely in the summer months.

    Back in June when we launched the ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign Paul McCartney ...

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  • Taking action from the Arctic Sunrise

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 28, 2012 at 7:24

    Greenpeace ship MY Arctic Sunrise  © Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace

    This message was sent by our campaigner Dima Litvinov who is on-board the Arctic Sunrise in the Pechora Sea…

    "Root out the black shame from your heart, calmly and indifferently, I covered my ears with my hands" A. Akhamtova
    Anna Akhamtova is a famous Russian poet, and the name of the ship we were stopping today.

     After a rather quiet and calm weekend we decided to pay Gazprom another visit again this morning.
    Here is a quick drawing of how the platform is organized in its day-to-day life: half of the work force does not sleep on board. They live on a chartered  passenger ship, the Anna Akhmatova, which is anchored near the Prirazlomnaya. Every morning at around 5AM this ship heaves anchor and backs up to the platform, where its tied up by mooring lines. A sleepy mass of morning-g... Read more >

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