Greta Thunberg espoused, ‘Our House Is On Fire,’ and we must act like it. In November 2019, Jane Fonda showed her commitment to climate change issues by moving to Washington, D.C. and starting ‘Fire Drill Friday’ demonstrations every Friday up to January 2020, with each event focusing on different climate issues.The star, aged 81, inspired by fellow her activists like young Greta and the ongoing initiatives, promised her presence, rain or shine, to encourage the incredible movement created by youths.
She would not stand by and let elected officials ignore and empower the industries that plunder our planet for profit. We must protest about this destruction of our planet’s future. Alongside the demonstrations, she hosts a live-streamed ‘Teach-In’ with experts to interact with people virtually attending on Thursday evenings.. Every Friday through January, she promised to lead weekly protests on Capitol Hill to demand action by political leaders to address climate emergency issues urgently.
The Arrests Timeline
1st Nov 2019: Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener were arrested along with Fonda while their protest was underway. The police responded to unlawful demonstrations and 46 individuals were arrested.
22nd Nov 2019: Fonda was once again arrested during a protest and joining her fight were Piper Perabo ,Amber Valletta, and Diane Lane.
29th Nov 2019: On Black Friday, she was out on the streets protesting besides comedian Young Sheldon’s Iain Armitage and actor Paul Scheer. While Scheer was among the 37 handcuffed, the 11-year-old star was not arrested.
13th Dec 2019: The arrests did not stop even before the year-end holidays. E! News confirms that actress Sally Field was among these protesters who were arrested on December 13. Videos show the Oscar-winner being handcuffed and taken away from the steps of the U.S. Capitol building by police officials.
20th Dec 2019: While protesting with other climate change activists in Washington D.C. Fonda was arrested for the fifth time, just two days short of her 82nd birthday.
27th Dec 2017: Lily Tomlin, Fonda’s co-star from her series Grace and Frankie, was arrested for protesting, just 2 days after Christmas. Jane Fonda was just arrested five times for demanding a Green New Deal and No New Fossil Fuels on FireDrillFriday.
3rd Jan 2020: New Year and a new Decade but the same commitment! For the second time Waterson was again arrested for protesting in Washington.
Stars Arrested, are Fighting for a Cause
Climate change is today a women’s issue with women at the heart of climate solutions. Everywhere they lead climate solutions, stop deforestation and improve agricultural practices besides leading climate strikes and running for office to provide the real climate leaders the world needs. As forests can’t wait and to maximise the climate benefits derived from forests, we must maintain forest landscapes alive, manage forestlands sustainably, and restore that what was lost. The organization demands a Green New Deal, respect for indigenous land and sovereignty, implementing sustainable agriculture, protection and restoration of biodiversity, and environmental justice.
Fonda has regularly appeared at the demonstrations every Friday, in a bright red coat and inevitably arrested for unlawful demonstrations. However, Fonda is not the only star handcuffed, as several fellow celebrities have joined the actress , including co-star Sam Waterston from TV’s Grace and Frankie, Ted Danson, actresses Marg Helgenberger and June Diane Raphael. We wait and see which famous faces turn up next, and are arrested for demanding climate justice.