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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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  • 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 >

  • Right now Greenpeace activists are stopping a Shell drill ship from leaving the Port of Taranaki in New Zealand for the Arctic.

    Climbers - including actress Lucy Lawless -have scaled the rig's drill derrick and set up camp, equipped with enough gear to last for days.

    Using a solar-powered laptop, our brave activists will be posting updates and photos to the a live feed on the Greenpeace NZ home page

    They are asking you to join them - by sending a message to Shell demanding it stays out of the Arctic.

    Here's why:

    This is an industry that sees its own demise on the horizon. To survive it is prepared to go to the ends of the earth and take extreme risks in search of the last drops of oil. From the Great South Basin below New Zealand to the far reaches of the Arctic, nothing is sacred to Big ... Read more >

  • A Solid Statement

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 25, 2011 at 10:55

    This morning we received a call from a journalist asking whether it was Greenpeace that had subverted the Solid Energy website:  solidenergy.co.nz

    The site had been redirected to an alternate page that carries an anti-lignite mining video message and a small note published on the Indymedia website claims:

    “Hacktivists deface Solid Energy NZ website solidenergy.co.nz to raise awareness about lignite coal mining.”

    Did Greenpeace do it? No. Do we wish it was us that did it? Yes!

    Solid Energy’s plans to rip thousands of tons of lignite out of the ground in Southland is plain stupid. The message on Solid Energy’s revamped website this morning is bang on.

    Lignite mining, deep sea oil drilling and mining national parks are all indicators of a Government steering this country in entirely the wr... Read more >

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