So where will Michelle Rodriguez be this summer? Nope, she will not be filming a movie but will be somewhere out in the Antarctic.
Like her portrayal of helicopter pilot Trudy Chacon in James Cameron’s Avatar, Michelle Rodriguez is doing some real life protecting as she tackles the unsung problem of Antarctic Whaling. Since laws aren’t doing enough to protect the behemoth and generally non-aggressive sea animals, Rodriguez is planning on taking direct action when she joins Sea Shepherd activists for their summer 2011-12 campaign.
While the actress admits there is no single way to end whaling itself, she does believe “the most effective tactic at the moment to stop the whaling would definitely be direct action, because nobody listens,” the actress-turned-activist also states that while passing laws are great “and stop humble people who follow them, but there are those people who don’t care for the laws.”
Despite the passing of national and international laws that are suppose to protect whales in the Antarctic, the killing of whales continue which Rodriguez puts it simply that “laws are set, but no money is put behind the actually enforcement.”
Back in November, Rodriguez tested herself for the summer seafaring campaign by boarding the Sea Shepherd ship called Steve Irwin. Retelling her experience, Rodriguez confesses to getting “sick the first few days,” but seems to be willing to put up with seasickness because she’s eager to help out.
Sea Shepherd is a conservation society protecting sea wildlife since the 1970s, Sea Shepherd’s daily fight against the Whaling industry can be seen on Animal Planet’s weekly series, Whale Wars.