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“I love this planet and want to do everything I can to protect it. I get really depressed because I read the science and I know what’s happening and it’s urgent and it could become catastrophic. It’s just inconceivable to me to not do everything that I can.”
Jane discusses her life as an activist, including the past three years of Fire Drill Fridays and why she’s eager to head to the frontlines of the climate crisis — Texas and Louisiana — in 2023.
“For almost four years, Fonda said, she has been working with Greenpeace USA, and she came to New York to deliver 5.5 million signatures from people in 157 countries demanding a strong Global Ocean Treaty to Rena Lee, president of the U.N. negotiations. A key aim for the treaty is to turn 30% of the world’s oceans into marine sanctuaries by 2030 where fishing is banned.”
Actress and activist Jane Fonda is campaigning for a treaty to save marine creatures that are hunted for food including sharks, swordfish, octopus and tuna, saying they feel joy, feel sadness when they lose their offspring, and “are our brethren in the ocean.”
Jane sits down with Conan to discuss all the ways in which the world has changed around us since she was growing up, connecting with her father Henry Fonda and how his films influenced her activism, touring Appalachia with Dolly Parton, and more.
Alex Cooper welcomes Fire Drill Fridays Founder, Jane Fonda, to her Call Her Daddy podcast to discuss why young people should learn & care about the climate crisis and how they can make real, lasting change in their communities.
“On tackling existential threats to the planet through conversation, collaboration, and civil disobedience, Fire Drill Fridays Founder, Jane Fonda, shares, ‘People who had never been to a rally before, much less engaged in civil disobedience … told me that it changed them. That’s what we [are] trying to do, to turn concerned people into activists.'”
Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field talk about how they all met, Sally not liking when Rita talks about sex, working together on the movie 80 for Brady, acting with Tom Brady, being arrested at various climate change protests, and Rita being friends Marshawn Lynch and Ludacris.
“… I went to D.C. for the first live, in-person Fire Drill Fridays rally. Thank heavens for that because it was a busy week. Besides the rally, I did some lobbying and spoke twice at the Democracy Alliance all in an effort to stop Senator Joe Manchin’s side deal which climate activists call the Dirty Deal. This deal, called ‘permitting reform,’ seeks to fast track fossil fuel projects, does great harm to bedrock environmental protections and curtails the public‘s ability to have input, basically throwing marginalized communities disproportionately burdened by fossil fuel pollution under the bus.”
In-person Fire Drill Fridays were put on hold during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and delayed further when Jane Fonda was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this summer. She has mostly sailed through her chemotherapy treatments, although she admits the last one was hard. “It took a couple of weeks to recover,” she says. But she literally laughs off a disease that she insists won’t stop her from doing what she cares about most. “Cancer is scary, but the climate crisis is scarier,” she says flatly.