11AM/EDT at the U.S. Capitol Building’s Southeast Lawn…ROSANNA ARQUETTE, EVE ENSLER, CATHERINE KEENER & OTHERS*WILL JOIN JANE FONDA FOR THE 4th “FIRE DRILL FRIDAY”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, November 1, 2019 


CONTACT

Ira Arlook
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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.

Civil Disobedience will follow as Jane, et. al. walk to Hart Office Building

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.

LARGEST “FRIDAY” CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ACTION TO DATE WILL BE AT PHILIP A. HART U.S. SENATE OFFICE BUILDING

Inspired by Young Climate Strikers, She Invites Celebrities, Experts & Impacted Communities to Join Her Every Friday Thru Mid-January

Civil Disobedience will follow as Jane, et. al. walk to Hart Office Building

Jane Fonda’s 4th “Fire Drill Friday” will focus on the ways in which women carry the greatest burden imposed by climate change and how they will continue to play the leading role in the fight to win a Green New Deal, switch urgently to clean energy, and prevent new fossil fuel development. “Efforts to turn back climate change can be exponentially enhanced if the needs and priorities of women were addressed. This is why the Green New Deal calls for inclusive representation of women in political and economic decision making around environmental and climate policies. Women bear the brunt and women hold many of the solutions to the climate crisis,” said Fonda.

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 actors Arquette and Keener include:

  • Rachel Carmona, chief operating office of the Women’s March

  • Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Director of Strategic Neighborhood Development at New Orleans Business Alliance

  • Sunni Patterson, Activist, singer and poet

  • Emira Woods, Institute for Policy Studies’ program for investment in safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy

  • Emma’s Revolution will perform on stage

“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.

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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