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Lucy Lawless, Greenpeace Warrior, Arrested in New Zealand

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Lucy Lawless has made a career out of playing badasses on television. However, it would seem that her warrior mentality extends to real life, as well. In order to bring attention to Arctic oil drilling, Lawless, 44, and six other Greenpeace activists climbed aboard an oil drilling ship in Port Taranaki, New Zealand in attempt to prevent it from embarking on an expedition. When they were asked to leave, Lawless and company decided to stay. Four days later, they were arrested for trespassing, though their point, it would seem, had been made.

On Thursday, Lawless plead guilty to the charges, which could ultimately land her in prison for up to three years. However, this apparently hasn’t dissuaded her from other Greenpeace activities, as the actress intends to continue her activism with Greenpeace.

Prior to the February arrest, Lawless explained her position to US Weekly. “This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun. Seven of us climbed up that drill ship to stop Arctic drilling, but 133,000 of us came down,” she said. “We will continue to stand in solidarity with the communities and species that depend on the Arctic for their lives until Shell cancels its plans to drill in this magical world, and makes the switch to clean, sustainable energy.”

Lawless, who was born in New Zealand, made a name for herself on the popular television series “Xena: Warrior Princess”. In addition to appearing on such shows as “The Simpsons”, “The X-Files”, “Just Shoot Me!”, “Veronica Mars”, and “Burn Notice”, she also co-starred on “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”. Lawless is also an accomplished Broadway actress and singer, having performed several sold-out concerts since 2007.

Lucy Lawless, Greenpeace Warrior, Arrested in New Zealand
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  • JFO

    Lucy, if you can come up with a “clean, sustainable energy” that can be used in cars, planes, etc. RIGHT NOW, we’d all love to know what that is. Barring that, we need to keep using what we’re using now and climbing oil ships, while good for publicity, rarely if ever results in anything being accomplished.

  • Kevin

    There needs to be more activists in our world. Lucy comes from New Zealand, and has the courage to fight for the beautiful country. Oil producers will NOT look at alternate energy sources. As long as they can fill their pockets, they will keep pushing the idea that there is no alternate power source. There is, but the funding for the research isn’t there. Investors can’t make money on renewable energy such as sun light, wind power, tidal power, etc. Investors can make the machines, but can’t keep charging for usage of renewable resources other than perhaps a huge power station that produces electricity for a village.

  • Dusty

    Well done Lucy!! And thank you!! As a New Zealander/Kiwi I know how progressive and forward thinking your country is and has been, for that we all owe your country great thanks for having a real role model, despite the fact we refuse to follow.

    Even though SOME don’t understand you aren’t a mechanical or electrical engineer, our world has the people and the resource to switch in the next ten (10) years, if we choose to do so. That is the only thing missing is the willpower. Greed is what is holding the world back from this absolutely necessary and crucial change over. Keep it up Lucy.

    Getting snotty over Ms. Lawless’ involvement in a protest because she isn’t an electrical engineer… WOW.

    DONATE TO GREENPEACE!!!!!

    • http://LucyLawless,Greenpeace DCR1

      well said

  • http://LucyLawless,Greenpeace DCR1

    While i agree that some places one cannot travel to on foot or by public transportation, everyone and anyone can still do their part, instead of driving to that of which is close to you walk or take a bicycle there, if public transportation can get one to and from their destination, well then there you go, there’s a huge difference between i need and i want, every little bit helps, this will aid in you doing your part, and instead of giving a negative response and being a part of the problem, one can be a part of the solution, while one feels he or she may not be around when the resources are gone its pretty selfish and sad to throw it on the laps of your future relatives down the line!