11AM/EDT at the U.S. Capitol Building’s Southeast Lawn… TED DANSON, JOHN HOCEVAR & OTHERS* JOIN JANE FONDA FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT THE 3rd “FIRE DRILL FRIDAY”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, October 25, 2019
Southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, across from the Library of Congress and near intersection of First St & Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC.
“Our House is on Fire”
We need Immediate Action for a Green New Deal--Clean Renewable Energy by 2030 & No New Exploration for and Extraction of Fossil Fuels.
Inspired by Young Climate Strikers, She Invites Celebrities, Experts & Impacted Communities to Join Her Every Friday Thru Mid-January
Jane Fonda’s third “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the ways in which our oceans are adversely affected by climate change.
60% of the oxygen we breathe comes because the oceans make it from sunlight. More than one billion people get their protein from the oceans. But fossil fuels are killing the oceans. This must stop, said Fonda.
*Speakers in addition to Ms. Fonda and actor and oceans activist Ted Danson include John Hocevar, marine biologist and director of Greenpeace’s oceans campaigns, sea turtle biologist Whitney Crowder, Jennifer Jaquet, NYU professor/environmental studies; Denise Patel, climate activist and public health expert .
Jane Fonda will be joined at every “Fire Drill Friday” through early January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest.
Every Thursday night (7pm ET) she will moderate a live-streamed teach-in with the next day’s speakers who will discuss the specific climate change issue that is the focus of that week’s event.
Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation’s capital for four months to take up their baton. The effort aims to spur action to avert what the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls irreversible climate disaster if atmospheric CO2 warms the planet by another 1.5 to 2 degrees Centigrade in the next 11 years.
Speakers at the event, preceding civil disobedience, in addition to Ms. Fonda and Ted Danson, actor and oceans activist:
Whitney Crowder, sea turtle biologist from Southeast Florida
John Hocevar, marine biologist and director of Greenpeace’s oceans campaigns
Jennifer Jacquet, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU
Denise Patel, NY City-based activist, MPH from Columbia University focused on climate and health
“Fire Drill Fridays” calls on all Americans to vote, speak and act in support of the demands listed below and aligned with those of the youth-led climate strikers strikewithus.org
VOTE: for the climate in every election up and down the ballot. Vote for candidates who are in favor of a Green New Deal and a bold and responsible transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.
SPEAK: to candidates or elected officials. Tell them that climate can't wait. Call them, sign petitions and go to their town halls. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Put your money where your mouth is: divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in a sustainable future.
ACT: Join an organization working for real climate solutions. March, protest and recruit your friends to join. Listen and show up for communities most impacted by climate change and, if you can, put your body on the line.
A Green New Deal
· Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs
· A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately in order to avoid a lock-in of increased emissions as we work together for a responsible transition to clean, renewable energy.
Respect of Indigenous Land and Sovereignty
· Honor the treaties protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing and permitting for resource extraction, processing and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands
· Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people
· A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
· Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity
Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity
· Protection and restoration of at least 30% of the world's lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030
Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture
· Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture.