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Lucy Lawless climbs oil-drilling rig in protest

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Lucy Lawless joined a sit-in protest of the Shell oil company on Friday (February 24), it has been reported.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lawless joined six Greenpeace activists as they climbed on board an oil-drilling ship off the coast of Wellington. The activists hoped to prevent the ship from sailing on a scheduled drilling expedition.

Banners reading 'Stop Shell' and 'Save The Arctic' were hung on the rig, which was meant to set out over the weekend to begin drilling in the Arctic.

The ship was due to drill five exploratory wells, which Greenpeace activists say have the potential to cause catastrophic oil spills.

Lawless has said that that she and her Greenpeace colleagues are hoping to draw attention to climate change. "I've got three kids. My sole biological reason for being on this planet is to ensure that they can flourish, and they can't do that in a filthy, degraded environment. We need to stand up while we still can," she remarked.

In an official statement, Shell said that it is "taking a very calm and measured approach to this".

The 43-year-old Lawless, known for her work on Xena: Warrior Princess, stars on the drama Spartacus.

She recently signed on to star in a new BBC drama called Top of the Lake alongside Elizabeth Moss, Holly Hunter and David Wenham.

Watch Lucy Lawless in a trailer for Spartacus: Blood and Sand below:


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