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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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  • 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 >

  • Live streaming of Greenpeace Nordic activists occupying a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour.

    Dozens of Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded and occupied a Shell-contracted icebreaker in Helsinki harbour as it prepares to leave for the Alaskan Arctic.

    They're there to try to stop destructive oil drilling in the melting Arctic waters, which Shell wants to start this summer. Please join them and write to Shell telling them you want the Arctic protected, not exploited for profit. An amazing 380,000 of you have already done so - let's make it 500,000!

    More news to follow. In the meantime, you can watch the live feed from the ship and  follow the latest news. Read more >

  • Deep-sea oil still a thousand times worse

    Blogpost by Nick Young - April 5, 2012 at 17:08

    We made a mistake.  The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld in part a complaint against Greenpeace New Zealand for our oiled-penguin advert which ran on TV3 and Prime TV in recent months.

    The nub of the issue is that when we stated that “20,000 birds were killed by the Rena oil spill”, we should have said “An estimated 20,000 birds may have been killed by the Rena oil spill”.

    We accept the findings in this regard and all future materials will be worded accordingly.

    The ASA found that our statement that a deep sea oil spill could be 1000 times worse than the Rena was consistent with their guidelines and did not uphold the complaint against Greenpeace on that statement.

    Still a couple of things need to be clarified.  The original figure of 20,000 is not from Greenpeace.  As the UK Gua... Read more >

  • New Zealand and Finland are practically on opposite sides of the planet, and quite a long way away from Alaska. Yet, they are the two starting points for Shell’s fleet of rented and commissioned ships that are preparing to get together and start drilling for oil in the Arctic this summer.

    They’re not getting away with it. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of individuals are writing to Shell, demanding they scrap their insane Arctic drilling plans. In New Zealand, activists occupied an Alaska-bound drill ship for several days. And now, in Finland, 20 Greenpeace Nordic activists have boarded the Shell-leased ice-breakers Fennica and Nordica.

    Here's an update from Sini Harkki in Finland:

    I’m standing in one of the ports of Helsinki, Finland, to witness 20 Greenpeace Nordic activists... Read more >

  • Is anyone out there?

    Blogpost by Nick Young - February 26, 2012 at 11:25

    Our brave little team has been occupying the Shell drillship in Taranaki for well over 48 hours now. Raoni, Shayne, Viv, Shai, Lucy and Mike are camped at the very top of the ship's 50m drill tower. All they have with them is what they carried up on their backs.

    While they stay on the ship it won't be leaving for the Arctic to drill for oil. They've succeeded in bringing the world's attention to Shell's reckless plans for the Arctic. They remain determined and don't intend giving up any time soon.

    But it has been tough.

    It's cold, dirty and uncomfortable. They're hungry, and water rations are low. They've contended with loud music blasting at 3am and spotlights shone on them all night. They can't see much of what's happening in the world and hope more than anything that people are list... Read more >

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