Friday, February 24, 2012

Xena Occupying Princess: Lucy Lawless Joins Oil Drilling Protest

She played a tough-as-nails warrior princess on television and now actress Lucy Lawless has taken on a new role as an activist.

Lawless climbed aboard an oil-drilling ship Friday in her native New Zealand, joining six other Greenpeace activists to try to stop the vessel from setting off for an oil expedition trip to the Arctic.

Speaking from atop a 174-foot drilling tower aboard the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki, New Zealand, Lawless told members of the press on Friday that strong wind gusts and tough weather conditions were making it difficult to stay aboard but that she and the other protesters planned to occupy the ship for "as long as we possibly can." The activists brought food and other provisions.

Dressed in a bright red jumpsuit and matching helmet, the Spartacus: Blood and Sand actress held up a large banner that read "Stop Shell", referring to the oil company responsible for the drilling expedition in the pristine Arctic waters. Lawless commented to the press that she was taking action for the first time in her life to protest oil drilling and to draw attention to the climate change nightmare currently gripping the globe and its inhabitants in a vise-like grip.

Five police officers did board the ship on Friday, after Shell officials notified the authorities of the on-board protest.  "I'm here today acting on behalf of the planet and my children,'' Lawless said. "Deep sea oil drilling is bad enough, but venturing into the Arctic, one of the most magical places on the planet, is going too far.''

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