Actress Jane Fonda has been tackling climate change on Capitol Hill with weekly teach-ins and protests. The 81-year-old actress-turned-conservationist is giving new meaning to the legendary phrase, “the Redcoats are coming” with her Greta Thunberg-inspired “Fire Drill Fridays”—weekly staged protests at the U.S. Capitol alongside scientists, celebrity friends and fellow concerned Americans. Today is the final Fire Drill Friday.
Fonda has taken to the streets of Washington during four-month campaign to raise awareness of climate change and has already spent time in jail on four separate counts, but she doesn’t let that stop her. “I didn’t want to be arrested,” Fonda said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “But, you know, you have to be willing to risk it. I drive an electric car and I do away with single-use plastics and I make all those right personal lifestyle choices. But I knew that they’re not going to be able to scale up in time to get us where we need to be. It’s a good place to start, but it’s not a place to stop.”
Why be a celebrity if you can’t leverage it for something that is this important?” –Fonda in an interview with The New York Times.
Today will be Fonda’s final Fire Drill Friday, where she will be making announcements about the future of Fire Drill Fridays before she heads back to LA. It will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol with an all-star lineup of speakers including fellow “Grace and Frankie” stars, June Diane Raphael and Martin Sheen, and Hollywood leading man, Joaquin Phoenix. Find out more details about the final Fire Drill Friday here.