Jane Fonda’s second “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the urgent need to enact a Green New Deal—a national mobilization on the scale of FDR’s New Deal and mobilization for World War II—to address the climate crisis we now face. A Green New Deal would make the investments in communities, public infrastructure and private industry to provide clean energy and create millions of high-wage jobs while protecting the workers and communities affected by this economic transition. It is the pathway to transform our economy responsibly and inclusively from unsustainable fossil fuel dependence to clean, renewable resources.
The Green New Deal is bold, expensive and far-reaching because we have to not only end our dependence on fossil fuel but on the exploitative, extractive mindset that has brought us to this point of unsustainable inequality. It’s not just nature that’s being destroyed, it’s our Democracy and the two crises are interconnected. One will not be solved without the other, said Fonda.
*Speakers in addition to actor Sam Waterston include author and historian Ibram X. Kendi, indigenous activist Jasilyn Charger, Presente.org’s executive director Matt Nelson, Abigail Leedy of the Sunrise Movement, and Greenpeace campaigner, Charlie Jiang.
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. Every Thursday night (7pm ET) she will moderate a live-stream.
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 include:
- Jasilyn Charger is an indigenous environmental protector and activist from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She was one of the first people to set up camp at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.
- Charlie Jiang leads Greenpeace’s campaigns to ensure the next US president and Congress will pass a Green New Deal and end the era of fossil fuels.
- Ibram X. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations at American University, and author of NY Times bestseller, How to be an Antiracist.
- Abigail Leedy is a climate change organizer with the Sunrise Movement.
- Matt Nelson is the Colombian-born, Midwestern-raised Executive Director of Presente.org—the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.
- Sam Waterston is the award -winning actor known most recently for his roles in Law & Order and Grace and Frankie.
“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: tocandidates 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.