What happened last night?
For the past few weeks in Sunday, we’ve tried to steer clear of red politics or blue politics or anything that might seem biased either way. But it’s no state secret what colour the subject of today’s cover story is – Lucy Lawless is green. As green as the pastures from which gallons of effluent flow. As green as the Arctic ocean, which is turning that hue as massive blooms of plankton flourish beneath thinning sheets of ice. As green as the suit on a cheeky Irish elf chewing a fourleaf clover (OK, getting off topic…)
She’s an inspiration, which is a hackneyed thing to say. But it’s true, because reading about her makes you want to climb onto an oil drilling ship and be all like “nah!” when you’re told to get off. Some actresses use their fame to push their own brand of scented candle or to start a revolution in skin care. But our Lucy uses hers to fight the biggest issues facing this planet.
Writing this days in advance, I don’t know who won last night. But I think we can all agree (well, apart from a few complete morons among us) that the issue of climate change is bigger than any other on the political table. Right wing or left, we all want to swim in our rivers. Or, at least have that option. We all want our grandchildren to live in a world that isn’t half underwater.
Whether you’re feeling happy or disappointed today, I hope you read our cover story on page 10 and feel motivated to join in a bigger campaign.