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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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  • A few moments ago, fifty polar bears entered and occupied Cairn Energy's headquarters in Edinburgh, England. Their purpose? To look for Cairn's elusive Arctic oil spill response plan, and to take your messages to the heart of the company.

    The fragile world of the Arctic - home to the Polar bear, the Narwhal whale and scores of other species found nowhere else on Earth, as well as to four million humans who rely on the unique balance of nature for their economy and survival - is under threat.

    As the ice melts, oil companies are moving in to extract more of the fossil fuels that caused the melt in the first place. Cairn is spearheading this new oil rush at the top of the world, drilling in sites that are as deep as the Macondo well that ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico.

    But above... Read more >

  • VIDEO: A VW stormtrooper sees the lights

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 8, 2011 at 8:03

    Following last week's dramatic shutting down of our rebel communications channel (YouTube to you, humans), the Rebellion has bounced back. Our videos are now everywhere - thanks to you brave Jedi - and our ranks are swelling faster than we ever thought possible.

    Promises have been made, but we still don't know how or when these promises will be kept, so it's time to crank up the pressure once more.

    We had over 2 million views to our Volkswagen campaign films before they were banned: it's impossible to say how many we've received since then – we just know it's a lot. What we do know is that there are more than 190,000 Jedi in the Rebellion, calling on VW to change. And change they must.

    Thanks to you, VW is getting the message that Planet Earth is not another Alderaan, to be bur... Read more >

  • Deep Green: Why De-Growth? An interview

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 29, 2011 at 16:25 1 comment

    Deep Green is Rex Weyler's monthly column, reflecting on the roots of activism, environmentalism, and Greenpeace's past, present, and future. The opinions here are his own.

    Rex Weyler

    “GDP, the so-called measure of economic growth, does not separate costs from benefits.”
    Herman Daly, World Bank Economist, author of “Steady State Economics.”

    In 2008, economists and scientists met in Paris to discuss “Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity.” The Degrowth (Décroissance) movement grew from this economic revolution in France. In 2010, a similar conference convened in Barcelona. For the last two years I have helped organize the Degrowth Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Journalists and traditional economists have asked why a degrowth movement is necessary. Here are ans... Read more >

  • Thank you from Kumi

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 23, 2011 at 9:57

    Global Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo and his fellow activist Ulvar Arnkvaern have now been released from custody and are renewing their call for Cairn Energy to release it's Arctic oil spill response plan.

    In this video Kumi talks about how important it is that we continue the fight to protect the Arctic and how thankful he is for the support of the activists arrested before him and the many thousands of people putting their name to the cause. Read more >

  • Today Kumi Naidoo, the global head of Greenpeace, has been deported from Greenland after four days in jail for his part in a month of direct action on Cairn Energy's Arctic oil rig Leiv Eiriksson. 

    Kumi, like the other 20 activists arrested and deported in the past weeks, is banned from Greenland for one year - but this is far from over. As Kumi said, it is shaping up to be “one of the defining environmental battles of our age.”

    The Arctic is a global commons. It’s our duty as world citizens to come together to shield it from the ravages of oil exploitation and global warming, isolate it from the din of nationalist squabbling, and keep it safe for future generations.

    But, with the consent of Arctic nations, big oil seems poised to rush in. The need for oil is strong and the promise o... Read more >

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