Kristin - Deckhand (C) GREENPEACE / Sharomov
Kristin, is 35, born and bred in Gisborne, and a deckhand on board. He is actually very overqualified, having trained and worked as an aircraft engineer for 10 years after leaving school.
He has "travelled heaps" and over the years began take more interest in environmental issues, gradually discovering that his occupation conflicted with his beliefs. He eventually left engineering and went back to uni to study human geography, so he could "become a bit more educated about how the world works".
Kristin has been a Greenpeace member for long time, and while at university, he did some work for the Green Party. But in recent years he has poured most of his energy into the Save Happy Valley Campaign. (www.savehappyvalley.org.nz)
He says he's interested in being part of the Greenpeace Target Climate Change campaign because he believes the expansion of coal mining - particularly for export markets - is not only contributing to climate change but also destroying precious eco-systems. He wants to challenge the government on its claims that it's serious about tackling climate change, when at the same time it's allowing this expansion to take place. "The government's proposed emissions trading scheme will not reduce our emissions and I want to see strong action to ensure that climate change does not just turn into another injustice, in which the world's poor pay the price."