Published 16 January 2020
On Friday, a spokesperson for Fire Drill Fridays, the name of Fonda’s weekly initiative, confirmed that the actor was among 147 people arrested in the protest for crowding, obstructing or incommoding.
“Something I think isn’t oftentimes talked about in the environmental movement or in the conversation about climate change is that the meat and dairy industry is the third leading cause of climate change,” he said.
“I think sometimes we wonder what we can do in this fight against climate change and there’s something that you can do today, right now, and tomorrow, by making a choice about what you consume.”
Phoenix continued: “I struggle so much with what I can do at times. There are things that I can’t avoid – I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits.”
The remarks come days after Phoenix’s speech at the Golden Globes, in which he praised the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for serving guests with vegan food.
— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) January 10, 2020
While accepting an award for best actor for a motion picture, drama, the Joker actor said: “I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for recognising and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change. It really sends a powerful message.
“It’s really nice that so many people have sent their well wishes to Australia but we have to do more than that.”
Fonda has led the Fire Drill Fridays protests in Washington DC since last October, reportedly getting arrested on four separate occasions for her involvement.
The protests “demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in,” according to the Fire Drill Fridays website.
Read the original article by Sarah Young on the Independent.
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