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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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  • (C) GREENPEACE / Steve Morgan

    In the freezing seas off Greenland, activists from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza are taking direct action against oil drilling in the Arctic.

    Luke and Sigurd are now hanging from the underside of Cairn Energy’s giant oil rig in our Arctic survival pod with enough food and water to stay there for a good long time. Their action will prevent the rig starting its dangerous deep water drilling 100 miles west of the Greenland coast.

    There will be live updates from the survival pod on the oil rig, and from the two Greenpeace ships near by.


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    Here’s what’s happened so far.

    At 3am local time three climbers left the side of the Esperanza in inflatable speedboats. They slipped past the navy warship guarding the rig and climbed high into the superstructure of the 53,000 tonn... Read more >

  • James Hansen’s Dear John Letter

    Blogpost by Nick Young - May 27, 2011 at 12:22

    James HansenAs he left New Zealand, Jim Hansen wrote an open letter to prime minister John Key on behalf of the youth of New Zealand, and specifically 350.org. It’s worth a read because it outlines a strong case for taking action here, and now.

     

    Dear Prime Minister Key,

    Encouraged by youth of New Zealand, especially members of the organization 350.org, I write this open letter to inform you of recent advances in understanding of climate change, consequences for young people and nature, and implications for government policies.

    I recognize that New Zealanders, blessed with a land of rare beauty, are deeply concerned about threats to their environment. Also New Zealand contributes relatively little to carbon emissions that drive climate change. Per capita fossil fuel emissions from New Zeal... Read more >

  • Our little jar of marmite on board the Arctic Sunrise has polarized the crew – you either love it or you loath it. There’s no middle ground and, for some reason, it’s a popular topic of discussion over breakfast in the mess.

    So this morning’s news that Denmark has banned marmite caused a bit of a stir, and also raised the obvious question: If Denmark is banning marmite because it contains added vitamins – why not ban risky deep sea oil drilling because an Arctic oil spill would release all manner of toxic chemicals and be near impossible to clean up?

    The Cairn Energy oil rig we are confronting right now here in the freezing waters near Greenland is set to drill four exploratory wells in the dangerous waters between Canada and Greenland.

    In 2010, Cairn stressed that its drillings off Gree... Read more >

  • Nick Young is Greenpeace New Zealand’s Web Manager, but right now he’s on the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, in the Arctic Circle.

    The oil industry is pushing further and further into the world’s most remote and pristine environments, to drill in deep and deeper water, in its pursuit of the last drops of oil. That search has taken it both to the Arctic, and to New Zealand. Greenpeace is campaigning against this around the world, because of the increased risk of spills that come from operating in extreme environments like the Arctic, and in deep water, and because any oil recovered from the final frontiers of the fossil fuels industry will only make the climate crisis worse.

    Despite it being the size of a small cathedral, locating Cairn Energy’s oil rig Leiv Eiriksson amongst the iceb... Read more >

  • Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole. Military tension between NATO and Russia. US diplomats manoeuvring in the wings. Aircraft carriers lurking and strike fighters changing hands.

    Sound like something from a James Bo... Read more >

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