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Actress Jane Fonda is arrested during the "Fire Drill Friday" Climate Change Protest on Oct. 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. John Lamparski / Getty Images
When you see an actor in handcuffs, they're usually filming a movie. But when Jane Fonda, Ted Danson, Sally Field, and other celebrities were arrested in Washington, D.C., last fall, the only cameras rolling were from the news media.
<p>"When you're famous, there's a real responsibility to use that celebrity in the best possible way you can," Jane Fonda says.<em></em></p>
<iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12814376/height/45/theme/standard/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/" height="45" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe><p>She began leading weekly demonstrations called <a target="_blank" href="https://www.janefonda.com/2019/11/my-fire-drill-fridays/">Fire Drill Fridays</a> at the U.S. Capitol last October. The goal was to raise awareness about the climate crisis and demand that the country transition away from fossil fuels.</p><p>Over the fall, Fonda and other protesters were arrested multiple times for civil disobedience. She even spent a night behind bars.</p>
<p>Fonda says before she started Fire Drill Fridays, she felt depressed and helpless about global warming.</p><p>"I wasn't doing enough and I didn't know what to do," she says.</p><p>But inspired by Greta Thunberg and other young activists, Fonda decided it was time to join the climate movement.</p>
<p>She says now, instead of just sitting around feeling scared about the future, she feels empowered and even hopeful.</p><p>"We have the future in our hands," she says. "What an awesome responsibility and what a beautiful opportunity."</p><p><em>Reposted with permission from <a href="https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/01/now-in-her-80s-jane-fonda-turns-to-climate-activism/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Yale Climate Connections</a>.</em></p>
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