Jane Fonda, 81, continues to make headlines as she narrowly avoids getting arrested for the fifth time for protesting in support of climate change in Washington D.C. For each of her Capitol Hill appearances, the Grace and Frankie starâ€™s donned a red peacoat â€” and thereâ€™s a reason sheâ€™s been wearing the bold topper on repeat.
â€œThe team and I decided at the very beginning that we should all try to wear something red,â€ said Fonda in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. â€œI racked my brain â€” I didnâ€™t have anything red. I donâ€™t usually wear red. So I decided that the last article of clothing that I will ever buy is a red coat.â€
She continued, â€œSure enough, I found one at Neiman Marcus on sales for $500. And thatâ€™s the coat. Iâ€™m speaking out against consumerism and so I have to walk the talk. And so thatâ€™s the last thing Iâ€™ll buy.â€
On her website, Fonda explains that she moved to D.C. to â€œbe closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climateâ€ and has been protesting so frequently in hopes to get political leaders to address the issues of climate change. She calls these weekday protests Fire Drill Fridays, as inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thunbergâ€™s 2019 childrenâ€™s book, Our House Is on Fire.
The activist spoke to a crowd at a protest on Friday, November 1, saying, â€œI grew up when consumerism didnâ€™t have such a stranglehold over us so when I talk to people about how we donâ€™t really need to keep shopping â€” we shouldnâ€™t look to shopping for our identity; we just donâ€™t need more stuff then I have to walk the talk so Iâ€™m not buying any more clothes.â€
â€œEvery Friday through January, I will be leading weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill to demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in,â€ continued Fonda on her website. â€œWe canâ€™t afford to wait.â€
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