The ‘Grace and Frankie’ actress says she and her Fire Drill Fridays group will not hesitate to shut down the government if their weekly protest keeps getting ignored by the lawmakers.
AceShowbiz –Jane Fonda has no qualms about going all out to make the U.S. government take notice of her climate change protests, insisting the only way to attract attention is to “do something radical.”
Since October 2019, the “Monster-in-Law” star has been holding her weekly protests, dubbed Fire Drill Fridays, Washington, D.C. to demand lawmakers take action to combat global warming before it’s too late. She was arrested for the fifth time earlier this month, but admitted during an interview with The Washington Post that she won’t stop until action is taken.
“If necessary, we will have to shut down the government. And it is not radical. What is not radical does nothing,” she stated boldly.
As for what prompted her to take action right now, Jane credited Naomi Klein’s book “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal” for making her realise how dire the situation actually is.
“I have an electric car. I stopped using single-use plastics. I don’t eat red meat, or very rarely. All these things. But I knew it was not enough. And then, over Labor Day weekend, I read Naomi Klein’s book…,” she explained. “It cannot be as usual. So I wanted to do something that would draw attention, to support Greta (Thunberg) and the student activists to raise the sense of urgency. I wanted to show that we have to leave our comfort zone. We have to get used to being on the street.”
As for whether or not her protests land her behind bars, Jane insisted she’s not bothered about being imprisoned.
“I feel quite young, actually, now, even though it takes me forever to get in and out of a car!” she said. “And if I have to sleep on a metal bed at a jail, it’s going to hurt more than it would have 30 years ago. But the malaise is gone. I mean, I’m scared to death, but I know that I’m doing what I need to do.”
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