11AM/EDT at the U.S. Capitol Building’s Southeast Lawn: JANE FONDA LAUNCHES “FIRE DRILL FRIDAYS” CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE DEMANDING URGENT ACTION TO BATTLE CLIMATE CHANGE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019 


CONTACT

Ira Arlook
c: 202-258-5437 
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ira@iraarlook.com

Location

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.

Message

“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, demanding urgent action on a Green New Deal—clean, renewable energy, creating new good jobs and protecting communities—and an end to all new fossil fuel exploration and drilling, will commit civil disobedience at the U.S. Capitol Building. She will be joined at every “Fire Drill Friday” through at least mid-January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest.

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.

"Change is coming by design or by disaster. A Green New Deal that transitions off fossil fuels provides the design. They say it’s not realistic, that it’s Socialism. That’s what they said about Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, and we got Social Security and a middle class,” said Fonda.

Speakers at this event preceding civil disobedience in addition to Ms. Fonda include:

  • Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, US Climate Action Network

  • Jerome Foster, high school senior and climate striker, Washington, DC

  • Naomi Klein, activist, filmmaker, award-winning author and Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University

  • Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

  • Dr. Sarah Steingraber, biologist and award-winning author

  • Kerene N. Tayloe, Esq., Director of Federal Legislative Affairs, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Live-streamed teach-ins will be held each Thursday night, beginning October 17th, and feature interviews with experts who will discuss and answer questions about each different aspect of climate change that is the focus of the next day’s action.

“Fire Drill Fridays” call 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.

DEMANDS

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

Environmental Justice

·       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.

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