Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists have been high atop a tower on the oil tanker Noble Discoverer for almost 24 hours now, hoping to keep the Shell-contracted ship in its New Zealand port instead of heading to the Arctic. And despite the cold weather and daunting heights, and of course, the threat of arrest, the actress sounds every bit as fierce as the Warrior Princess character that made her a household name — in a peaceful way, of course.
“On watch. Pretty chilly but wind has died down. Can’t imagine being on this tub in the Arctic circle. These guys must freeze #savethearctic,” she tweeted, before urging protesters across the globe to remember the environmental organization’s nonviolent mission. “I hear there are protests at Shell Stns in Europe. Remember, we must be instruments of Peace. #savethearctic.”
In a blog post for Greenpeace, she admitted that the climb wasn’t a picnic. “I’m safe, I’m ok, my carabiners are sound, but it was pretty scary! I think I’d rather be home with a latte, but I don’t feel that I had a choice,” she wrote. “Clearly in a cost/benefit analysis, Shell reckons that an Arctic spill is an acceptable risk to them. But make no mistake, due to the harshness and remoteness of the Arctic environment, an oil spill up there will make the Gulf of Mexico look like a children’s party.”
Police said that they reached an agreement with the ship’s owners and the port to leave the protesters where they are for the night, according to Radio New Zealand. They have the equipment necessary to remove the seven from their perch, police said, but they don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s safety by using force. We’re just waiting for Kevin Sorbo to get in on the action.
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