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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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  • Panama Papers: The plot thickens

    Blogpost by Nick Young - May 10, 2016 at 13:23

    Back in April, the Panama Papers rocked the world, exposing just how the global elite use offshore trusts in tax havens such as the British Virgin Islands, Panama and the Bahamas to hide their wealth and dodgy deals. Thanks to an anonymous whistleblower who leaked a huge amount of data from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, we now have confirmation of the full extent of global tax avoidance.

    UPDATE:  Prime Minister John Key has made a desperate attempt to shift focus away from the real issues in the Panama Papers by repeating some long discredited allegations connected to charities seemingly appearing in a search of the 2013 ‘offshore leaks’ dump (not the Panama Papers). The Prime Minister is wrong. The search shows an entity mischieviously named “Greenpeace International” as a benefici... Read more >

  • On September 18, 2013, two Greenpeace International activists were arrested during a peaceful protest in the Russian Arctic. A week later, the entire 30-member crew of their ship was in a Russian jail awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism and piracy. The story of the Arctic 30, as they came to be known, was one heard around the world, and one that Peter Willcox writes about in his new book "Greenpeace Captain." Read an exclusive excerpt here.

    The following was excerpted with permission from chapter 19 of “Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet,” by Peter Willcox with Ronald Weiss. Available from Thomas Dunne Books. Copyright © 2016.

    Maggy had been watching a live Greenpeace feed in our home in Maine, anxiously awaiting the moment when my head would p... Read more >

  • Yesterday, Greenpeace New Zealand coordinated one of the largest civil disobedience climate protests in our country’s history, and it was a beautiful thing.

    Inspired by the peaceful civil-disobedience of Te Whiti o Rongomai, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi and Rosa Parks, close to 300 people blocked all entrances to New Zealand’s largest oil industry conference. They did it simply with their bodies, and when the police asked them to move, they politely declined.

    The message it sent to the oil industry was unmistakable. We are not going to stand by and allow the search for oil that we cannot afford to burn to continue. People power is strong and this peoples’ climate movement is getting stronger by the day. We grew stronger and we re-learned something importantIf your strategy is good en... Read more >

  • 2016 is already looking like it will top 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history.  

    Despite it being absolutely essential that we leave most of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change - John Key’s Government is still hell-bent on drilling for more oil.

    That’s why on Monday, we will be at the oil industry conference at SkyCity in Auckland. Through non-violent peaceful civil disobedience inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, we will send the strongest message we can that New Zealand must join the global fight to quit oil and meet the greatest challenge of our time - climate change.

    Now is the time for people to stand up. 

    In this video posted today, climate movement leader Bill McKibben calls for New Zealanders to take action at the Oil Confer...

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  • Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama set a landmark precedent on the protection of Arctic waters.

    In addition to several strong measures aimed at reducing methane emissions and improving adaptation actions for northern communities to climate change, the leaders agreed to make consistency with international and domestic climate goals a key test for proposed commercial activities in Arctic waters, including offshore drilling projects.

    This is a great day for the Arctic! 7.6 MILLION people around the world are calling for permanent protection in this important region and today we took one major step closer. 

    If you haven't already you can join the movement here: www.savethearctic.org

    Already defending the Arctic? Help the movement grow and celebrate by s...

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