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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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  • Create a revolution in your wardrobe - part two

    Blogpost by Nick Young - August 11, 2011 at 8:15

    Girls sort scrap fabric in a family workshop in Gurao, China where the economy i

    In the second half of our tips on greening your wardrobe - to help you clean up your clothing inspired by our Detox campaign - we look at saying no to child labour, questioning distressed denim, avoiding greenwash, spring cleaning, speaking out and spreading the word.

    Read part one >>

    8) Say no to child labour and sweatshops and yes to fair prices

    Fairtrade products are booming. In addition to coffee, tea, bananas and chocolate, there are now Fairtrade clothes. Fairtrade helps mainly the people who produce the goods. In poorer countries fair trade'guarantees decent working conditions, such as no use of child labour, and payment of a living wage.

    For example, rather than sell their harvest at dumping prices on the world market, cotton farmers get 36 cents per kilo of cotton and 41 c... Read more >

  • WARNING: this blog contains images and video footage that will upset you.

    Recently word came to our Greenpeace office in Indonesia that a Sumatran tiger was stuck in an animal trap in the province of Riau. It was trapped for six days in total without food or water. After a week of suffering forest officers arrived to evacuate the tiger – but it was too late. The tiger died during the rescue attempt.

    Zamzami, a Greenpeace media campaigner, traveled to the area with the rescue team as an observer, and was present for the tiger’s last few hours. He describes the scene that met him: despite its ordeal the “tiger still emitted a strong wild aura” and “greeted me with an angry roar”. Everyone present stood stunned and silent to see the “King of the jungle lying low, trapped and sufferi... Read more >

  • 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 >

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