Golden Globe winner Joaquin Phoenix joined Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her final Fire Drill Friday demonstration this week to advocate for federal government action on a Green New Deal to combat climate change. And, the Joker star ended up getting arrested, along with West Wing alum Martin Sheen.
According to CNN, Phoenix joined Fonda, Sheen, June Diane Rapheal, Susan Sarandon, and Amber Valletta on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. And, the target of this week’s demonstration was the banks and investors who “finance fossil fuel exploration, drilling, refining, and export.”
Joaquin Phoenix participated in Jane Fonda's "Fire Drill Friday" today and has been led away by Capitol Police. pic.twitter.com/jl0u9OdAoY
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Police arrested Phoenix and Sheen because they refused to leave the Capitol steps when officers told them to.
Before his arrest, Phoenix joined demonstrations of civil disobedience at the Chase bank branch in Capitol Hill, which was led by environmentalist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org.
Fonda has been leading her Fire Drill Friday demonstrations for 14 weeks – which was a civil disobedience effort to raise awareness of environmental challenges due to climate change – and she has been arrested five times. Other stars who found themselves in handcuffs include Sally Field, Ted Danson, and her Grace and Frankie costars.
Even though Fonda is ending her weekly protests in Washington DC, she plans to continue her activism and will be announcing her new plans soon.
Right now Joaquin Phoenix is marching with Jane Fonda and Susan Sarandon at a climate protest in D.C.
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Phoenix did speak to the crowd – which was one of the largest to show up for Fire Drill Fridays – and he spoke about the role of the meat and dairy industries in the climate crisis.
“Sometimes, we wonder what we can do in this fight against climate change, and there is something that you can do today and tomorrow, by [choosing] what you consume,” Phoenix said. “There are things I can’t avoid. I flew a plane here today, or last night rather, but one thing I can do is change my eating habits.”
It was revealed earlier this week that the actor orchestrated the Golden Globes switch to a vegan meal this year. And, designer Stella McCartney also announced that Joaquin Phoenix would be wearing the same tux throughout the entire awards season to advocate for sustainability practices.
Martin Sheen told the crowd that Jane Fonda has been one of his heroes for his entire adult life, and clearly the world will be saved by women.