Actor Lucy Lawless joins Greenpeace New Zealand activists in stopping a Shell-contracted drillship from departing the port of Taranaki for the remote Arctic, where its exploratory oil drilling programme threatens to devastate the Alaskan coastline. Six Greenpeace New Zealand activists, along with Lawless, famous for her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus, have boarded the vessel, scaled its 53 metre drilling derrick and are hanging banners from its summit, reading 'Stop Shell' and '#SaveTheArctic'. They are equipped with survival gear and enough supplies to last for several days.The New Zealand New Idea has a brief mention of Lucy in their Celebrity Greenies article in this week's New Idea Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney and Cate Blanchett are standing up for the environment – is it time you too switched on to things green?

LUCY LAWLESS

The Spartacus star and six other Greenpeace activists spent four days occupying a drilling ship docked at Port Taranaki in a bid to stop Shell's oil Artic exploration. 'This chapter has ended, but the story of the battle to save the Arctic has just begun,' Lucy said before being arrested. She also campaigns against allowing mining in prime conservation areas and national parks.

Earth Hour

It's Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31, when more than 5200 cities and towns in 135 countries across the globe will turn off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm, saving depleting fossil fuels.

Tauranga will lead the Kiwi effort in recognition of the work done by the community cleaning up the beaches after the Rena oil spill disaster.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Australia set up Earth Hour in 2006 and Sydney was blacked out the next year as 2.2 million people and 2000 businesses put their lights out for 60 minutes.

It's now spread worldwide and is an annual event on the last Saturday of every March to coincide with the equinox, which ensures that most cities are in darkness as it is rolled out around the Earth.

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