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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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  • New Cottonsoft PR offensive firing blanks

    Blogpost by Nick Young - November 23, 2011 at 12:07

    There's been a new development in our campaign to get the rainforest out of Cottonsoft toilet paper.

    With the help of ex National Party MP Katherine Rich in her role as head of the Food and Grocery Council, Cottonsoft/Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) have launched a fresh and slightly desperate PR offensive in which they label our campaign as "green terrorism".

    Along with fresh accusations that Greenpeace is endangering the jobs of Cottonsoft employees - a claim that is refuted by the union - Cottonsoft/APP and Rich now claim to have their own test results that prove Cottonsoft doesn't use rainforest fibre - except they refuse to release them to Greenpeace.

    We stand by our test results (PDF) and conclusions 100% and have today released futher forensic test results to back that up.

    The new... Read more >

  • Elvis appears in Tauranga court today

    Blogpost by Nick Young - October 19, 2011 at 8:23

    As the shipwrecked Rena lies in the Bay of Plenty and its spilled oil washes ashore, Elvis Heremia Teddy is to appear in a Tauranga court today because he took a stand to protect his home coastline from oil spills.

    Ironically he’ll appear at the same time as the Captain of the Rena.

    In April as skipper of the small vessel San Pietro, and as part of the Stop Deep Sea Oil flotilla Elvis, along with his small crew and tribal leader Rikirangi Gage sailed the te Whanau a Apanui fishing vessel in front of the Petrobras deep sea oil survey vessel in the deep waters of the Raukumara. This is an area he and his family have fished for generations and rely on for their livelihood.

    The planned deep sea oil drilling, at depths of up to double that of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon well would put t... Read more >

  • This morning, a team of Greenpeace activists were met by an overwhelming police presence at the Port of Taranaki.

    Early this morning the Polarcus Alima - a survey vessel chartered by the US oil giant Anadarko - slipped in to the Port of Taranaki.

    They no doubt hoped to keep a low profile before embarking on their scheduled assignment to explore for deep sea oil reserves off the coast of Raglan but we cannot let this go unnoticed. This is the pointy end of the looming deep sea oil rush in New Zealand coastal waters.

    Greenpeace had a small team there to meet it with a peaceful protest but the police seem unusually interested in preventing anything coming between Anadarko and New Zealand’s promised deep sea oil reserves. How did they know we were coming? We’re not sure. But what is clear ... Read more >

  • Wangari Maathai - 'Mama Trees' passes away

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 27, 2011 at 9:01

    Greenpeace is deeply saddened by news of Professor Wangari Muta Maathai's passing away. It is a sadness we are sharing with people right across the African continent, and the world.

    Professor Maathai was instrumental in the anti-deforestation movement, and a passionate fighter for human rights and social justice for the communities that depend on forest resources. She lived and worked in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Wangari Maathai was also a Nobel Peace Laureate, an environmentalist, and the founder of the Green Belt Movement; a woman who stood up and fought fearlessly for the better management of forests -- and the communities that depend on them -- at a time when no one else would.

    As a consequence of the work she did, Professor Maathai and other Greenband Movement staff and colleagu... Read more >

  • Moving Planet: September 24th!

    Blogpost by Nick Young - September 23, 2011 at 8:36

    Emergency mobilisation tomorrow - Saturday, September 24th, people. Get your skates on. Its big it's urgent, it's global.

    At more than 2000 events in 175 countries, folks who are fed up with our politicians ignoring the big red flashing "Check Engine" light on the planet's dashboard are getting out of the car and walking, biking, skating, pogo-sticking to events where we'll be declaring, loud and clear, that it's time to move this planet beyond fossil fuels.

    This Saturday 24th September, 350.org is partnering with dozens of organisations around the world, including Greenpeace, for a global day of action, Moving Planet. We're not literally moving to a new planet, but we are rallying to move the planet beyond fossil fuels.

    We're doing that with people power - on bikes, skateboards or... Read more >

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