Jane Fonda is trying to save the world. Terrifyingly, she wants to know if I’m with her. “This is not one cause among many – this is it,” her no-nonsense American accent booms incongruously out of my laptop speakers and into my living room. “We have a choice, and we have to choose LIFE. We have to fight to maintain life on this planet.” She pauses following this dramatic statement, and I tentatively begin to ask my next question, only to be cut off immediately. “DON’T YOU AGREE?” It is one of many moments during our 40-minute Zoom call that I am subject to the full force of Fonda’s activism. Half a century after the infamous trip to Vietnam that earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane”, the 82-year-old is at it again – but these days, she’s on the front lines in the fight against climate change. In October 2019, Fonda, dressed in a bright red coat, was arrested outside the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. She would be arrested five more times before the year was over as part of the movement she has dubbed Fire Drill Fridays. Inspired by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s plea to act… Read full this story
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