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Jane Fonda Links Climate Crisis to Racism

During an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” actress Jane Fonda, 85, made a connection between the “climate crisis” and racism.

The interview was conducted to promote Fonda’s new film “80 for Brady,” in which she co-stars with Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno, and Sally Field.

The actress used the occasion to discuss her social activism.

“For me, it was learning about the Vietnam War,” Fonda said. “And when I really understood what that was about, I couldn’t do anything except try to join the movement to stop it.”

During a 1972 tour to North Vietnam, Fonda earned the moniker “Hanoi Jane” after posing on top of an anti-aircraft gun. When Clarkson asked Fonda about expanding out into other areas of advocacy, she stated it wasn’t much of a stretch for her.

“Well, you know, you can take anything – sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, whatever, the war,” the actress said. “And if you really get into it, and study it and learn about it and the history of it and everything’s connected. There’d be no climate crisis if it wasn’t for racism.”

Moreno, surprised, requested Fonda to clarify.

“Where would they put the s—?” she replied.

“Where would they put the poison and the pollution?” Fonda said. “They’re not gonna put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find someplace where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living. Put it there. They can’t fight back. And that’s why a big part of the climate movement now has to do with climate justice.”


Fox News Reported:

Fonda’s climate activism made headlines in October 2019 when she was one of 16 people arrested on the Capitol steps at a Washington, D.C., climate change rally. The actress was charged with “crowding, obstructing or incommoding.”

Fonda had previously told the Los Angeles Times she planned to spend about four months in Washington for a series of sit-ins and rallies after getting approval from Netflix to take time off from her series “Grace and Frankie,” on which she stars with Tomlin. Fonda said she was inspired to rally by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Fonda has since been arrested multiple times for her climate protests.

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