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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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  • People! Zara commits to go toxic-free

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 29, 2012 at 14:07

    Zara, the world’s largest clothing retailer, today announced a commitment to go toxic-free following nine days of intense public pressure. This win belongs to the fashion-lovers, activists, bloggers and denizens of social media. This is people power in action.



    Volunteers dressed as 'revolting mannequins' at Zara stores around the world on Saturday.


    Greenpeace campaigners began a dialogue with Zara (a brand within the Inditex group) in 2011 about eliminating releases of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and clothes. But it wasn't until this week that the fast-fashion giant caught on to the urgent need to solve its toxic pollution problem.

    Zara has now committed to eliminate all discharge of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by... Read more >

  • Sealord TV ad spoofed

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 28, 2012 at 21:51

    In its new ad campaign Sealord says it looks after the ocean - because the sea means everything, that they take sustainability seriously, always take a conservative approach and aim to leave the oceans in a better condition than how they find them.

    That all sounds great, but unfortunately it's stretching the truth.

    In one video they say "Sealord tuna comes from stocks where the fish numbers are healthy". But yellowfin tuna has all but disappeared from New Zealand waters, and our own Government has been sounding the alarm internationally about declining commercial and recreational catches. What’s more, Sealord’s tuna is caught using one of the worst tuna fishing methods – a deadly combo of fish aggregating device (FAD) and giant purse seine net which catches and kills endangered sharks, turtle... Read more >

  • Arctic melting: the science behind the ice

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 21, 2012 at 7:56
    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) ended the wait on Wednesday, announcing what many already had expected: that the Arctic sea ice extent had not only hit a record low, it had dramatically receded to levels not previously anticipated. But what does this mean?

    According to NSIDC director Mark Serreze “we are now in uncharted territory”, while Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo has described the race to save the Arctic as "the defining environmental battle of our era".

    To help understand the science behind the record melt, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise took NSIDC scientist Dr Julienne Stroeve and Nick Toberg, an ice scientist at Cambridge University, into the Arctic to facilitate further research. We recently caught up with them to discuss t... Read more >

  • People power wins! Super trawler banned #NOSUPERTRAWLERS

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 12, 2012 at 7:42

    No Super Trawlers

    Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced new laws that will ban the Margiris super trawler for up to two years. Burke acknowledged overwhelming public concern in reaching this significant decision. Congratulations to the thousands of passionate Australians, community and environmental groups and fishing groups have stopped the Margiris from destroying Australia‘s oceans

    Today is a huge day for people power. Federal Environment Minister has announced a ban on the super trawler for up to two years and further scientific investigations before boats like this are approved. This is what we have been calling for and we congratulate the Australian Government on listening to the community and taking action.

    “There has been no doubt there has been a massive public focus on ... Read more >

  • NZ Government abandons the Last Ocean

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 7, 2012 at 12:42

    If you’d read some of the media reports on the Government’s decision on protecting the Antarctic Ross Sea marine reserve, you could be forgiven for thinking we’d got a good result.

    Unfortunately the truth is far from good. This cartoon in today’s Herald says it all.

    Cartoon courtesy of the NZH and Rod Emmerson

    The New Zealand Government has rejected an invaluable opportunity for a joint proposal with the US to protect the Ross Sea.  In unison the US and New Zealand would have had a much greater chance of succeeding with consensus at the international forum of 24 nations + the EU where the matter will be decided in October.

    The two countries will instead submit separate proposals thereby significantly reducing the likelihood of substantive protection for the Ross Sea.

    We heard Minister M... Read more >

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