Climate Of Care Called For
The Dominion Post
16 October 2009
A nurse’s uniform, Lucy Lawless turned heads – and bandaged up
arms – all in the name of climate change.
The actress left her warrior princess days behind for ‘‘street
theatre’’ in Manners Mall, Wellington, yesterday.
A medics’ tent was erected and doctors and nurses were walking
the streets sporting blue casts – with the slogan ‘‘Come on
John, Sign On’’ – and clipboards in a Greenpeace stunt.
Lawless said her ties to Greenpeace dated back about 18 years
when she played deckhand Bunny McDiarmid in a film about the
sinking of the Rainbow Warrior.
Ms McDiarmid, now executive director of Greenpeace, asked her to
be one of the 15 celebrity ambassadors for Sign On. She agreed,
saying it was time to make changes and lessen the impact of
climate change. ‘‘They started talking about climate change when
I was about 10. That was 30 years ago.
‘‘I thought it was something grownups would take care of. Then I
became a grown-up.’’
The Sign On campaign urges the Government to adopt a 40 per cent
emissions reduction target by 2020 at the United Nations climate
summit in Copenhagen in December. More than 130,000 people had
signed on to the campaign.
The emergency theme yesterday represented the need for urgency
of climate change action.