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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 Peaceful Act of Defiance

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 25, 2012 at 10:37

    "Stop Deep Sea Oil" flotilla vessell San Pietro shadowing the seismic survey ship Orient Explorer, watched by the New Zealand navy patrol vessel HMNZS Taupo off East Cape.

    As lawyers and witnesses give evidence to the judge in the Tauranga District Court, Te Whanau a Apanui fisherman Elvis Teddy sits among a war of words.

    He’s facing serious charges for a peaceful act of defiance protecting his ancestral fishing grounds from the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.

    In 2011 Petrobras began conducting seismic surveying in the Raukumara Basin off the East Cape of New Zealand in preparation for its planned deep sea oil exploration there.

    Greenpeace, alongside local iwi Te Whanau a Apanui, took to the sea in a six week-long flotilla, demanding that Petrobras stop its reckless plans to drill in the deep water in the Raukumara Basin.

    Aboard one of the boats in the flotilla - the iwi-owned fishing vessel the San Pietro - Elvis Teddy and his crew (including te Whanau a Apanui... Read more >

  • The Last Ocean Film

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 12, 2012 at 8:14

    We’ve blogged before about how incredible and important the Ross Sea is, but you really have to see it to believe it. And now you can!

    The Last Ocean film is a documentary directed by Peter Young, one of the country’s leading nature cameramen and a key figure in the international movement to protect the Ross Sea.

    It played at the NZ film festival throughout the country to critical acclaim. And is now showing in general release. Here's the official trailer:

    The Last Ocean film tells the story of people around the world as they race to protect Earth's last untouched ocean.

    And before you go, send a message to the NZ Government now asking for comprehensive protection for the Ross Sea.

    There's more information about The Last Ocean project here: Read more >

  • Save the Last Ocean

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 12, 2012 at 8:01

    Penguins in the Ros Sea (C) John Weller

    New Zealand and Greenpeace both have a proud history in Antarctica.

    With a mixture of public pressure and relentless campaigning, and thanks to some visionary political leadership, Greenpeace helped keep the oil and mining companies out of Antarctica.

    And for decades, as its closest neighbour, New Zealand has acted as gatekeeper and guardian of the Ross Sea region.

    To this day the continent remains a World Park under the protection of a fifty year moratorium on oil and mineral exploitation.

    But, the rich and extraordinary oceans of the region are not protected.

    If you sail south from New Zealand and go as far as you can before hitting Antarctica, you’ll find yourself in a spectacular icy wonderland, that is crowded with life. It is both the world’s southernmost ocean and the most pristine mari... Read more >

  • We’ve teamed up with Radiohead and actor Jude Law to make a fantastic video to Save the Arctic.

    Take a minute to watch it yourself and then spread the message by sharing it with your friends and family. 

    Oil companies are using melting sea ice to drill for more of the oil that is causing global warming in the first place. Shell’s Arctic fleet will be arriving any day now to begin exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska this summer.

    Commenting on the film, Jude Law said:

    “As the Arctic sea ice melts, polar bears are being forced to go far beyond their normal habitat to find food and look after their young. This film is a powerful expression of how our fates are intertwined, because climate change is affecting all of us no matter where we live.

    “Right now a handful of oil compa... Read more >

  • We will return to the Arctic

    Blogpost by Nick Young - June 19, 2012 at 11:39

    The Arctic holds a special significance for Greenpeace. The campaign that gave birth to our movement over 40 years ago stopped nuclear testing in Alaska.

    Many people thought a nuclear test in Alaska wouldn't affect them. But if you lived on Earth, it affected you.

    The radiation from those tests swirled around the world and entered your eyes - no matter where you were.

    Forensic pathologists can tell a victim's age by looking for radioactive carbon in the eyes. If you were born in the 60s or early 70s like me, you'll have more radioactive carbon. The level gradually decreases for people born after nuclear testing ceased.

    The founders of Greenpeace won their campaign and helped stop nuclear testing. But now things are happening in the Alaskan Arctic that could change a lot more than just the car... Read more >

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