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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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  • March to #StopDeepSeaOil and #StopStatoil

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 30, 2014 at 7:49

    There have been amazing and moving scenes in Northland as the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi made its way down from Cape Reinga to stand up for their coast, their way of life and for future generations.

    And they are not alone. They’ve been joined along the way by people from the East Cape and Kaikoura who are also under threat from deep sea oil drilling

    Today is the chance for Aucklander’s to join this important movement in defence of our oceans by joining the Hikoi at 12 Noon at Britmart for the March up Queen St to the NZ Oil conference at SkyCity.

    Will you join us to make our all of our voices heard for a clean energy future? Meet us opposite Britomart today (Tuesday) at 12 noon -- click here for details.

    Statoil are a Norwegian Oil company who want to do risky deep sea drilling off Northl...
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  • Auckland march to #StopDeepSeaOil

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2014 at 19:29

    March to stop deep sea oilAs New Zealand elected John Key's National Government for a third term, the world witnessed the largest climate protest in history. More than 600,000 people made the call for a clean energy future in the 'People's Climate March'.

    Climate Voter clocked in at more than 62,000 and showed that there is a strong desire in New Zealand for action on climate change, and for a cleaner smarter economy.

    New Zealand’s election result is not a mandate for climate in-action. It is not a mandate for more deep sea oil drilling, fracking, mining, and more roads -- and we must not let it be seen as that.

    It’s now up to all of us now to turn up the volume, maintain the momentum and transform those numbers online to numbers on the street! Like all effective movements, we take a long view and we keep on turnin...
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  • #ClimateVoter Debate Runs Hot Before Election

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 10, 2014 at 8:01

    At the Great Climate Voter Debate last week, politicians had the chance to tell the nation how their party plans to meet the challenge of climate change.

    It was a huge success. We had a sellout crowd at Q Theater, over 13,000 people tuned in to the live stream online, it was expertly moderated by Samantha Hayes and the #ClimateVoter hashtag was trending nationwide throughout.

    Along with our Climate Voter partners Forest & Bird, Oxfam, Generation Zero, 350 and WWF, our aim from the outset has been to put climate change on the agenda this election and we’ve succeeded.

    As I write this nearly 60,000 people have signed on as Climate Voters since we launched only about 8 weeks ago and the level of interest in the debate shows that this is an issue voters care about.

    Sign on here if you haven't... Read more >

  • The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act so along with the other 5 groups who launched the intiative, we’re going to the High Court to test the Electoral Act.

    This is an important free speech test case. Here’s a short Friday afternoon round-up of some of the news reporting and blogs from earlier in the week.

    Radio New Zealand covered it on Morning Report - you can listen here.

    One News and Newstalk gave it some airtime as well.

    And both Stuff and the Herald filed pieces too.

    A bunch of well-read bloggers considered the impending High Court case, in some interesting ways. Micky Savage on the Standard with ‘Dear Greenpeace – difficult cases make bad law’ ‘Climate Voter and the Electoral Act’ over on No Right Turn. The Jackal with Climate Voter and... Read more >

  • High Court Action Over Climate Voter

    Blogpost by Nick Young - July 14, 2014 at 15:28

    Over 20,000 New Zealanders have now signed on as Climate Voters and in doing so signaled to our politicians that climate change will be in the forefront of their minds when they vote on the 20th September this year. It's a powerful statement, but there’s a problem.

    The Electoral Commission has said Climate Voter may be in breach of the Electoral Act. If that’s left unchallenged, Climate Voter and the six groups backing it could be subject to a range of legal requirements and restrictions that would make it difficult for us to continue.

    We strongly believe that Climate Voter should not be captured by this legislation.

    This is really important. And it’s far bigger than Climate Voter. It’s about democracy and it’s about freedom of speech. There’s a very real risk that, if this interpretatio...

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