Law & Order Actor Sam Waterston And Jane Fonda Arrested For Protesting In Support of Green New Deal
More than ever before, the United States needs to implement a Green New Deal to fight the climate crisis that is only worsening by the day. In fact, it’s so vital to our world’s survival that Law & Order actor Sam Waterston and Jane Fonda are willing to be arrested by protesting in support of it.
Last Friday marked the beginning of a weekly protest known as Fire Drill Fridays, which seeks to bring attention to climate change and drum up support for the Green New Deal to stop it. In her effort, movie star and noted Vietnam War protester Jane Fonda was arrested on the Capitol Hill steps in Washington DC.
This week, she was arrested again, but this time she had company as Waterston joined her to fight for the future of our planet.
Waterston, who is best known for his television work, played District Attorney Jack McCoy on the long-running series Law & Order from 1994-2010.
Prior to his arrest, the 78-year-old actor urged his fellow protesters to keep up the fight.
“We can do this!” he said. “We need something to push for that’s as big as the problem…People say that the Green New Deal is radical. What is radical is climate disruption.”
Indeed, humans are responsible for this climate crisis because we continue to refuse to do what needs to be done to curb carbon emissions, including shutting down the fossil fuel industry and protecting the environment for those who want to destroy it for profit.
Introduced by progressive lawmakers, the Green New Deal would be the largest transformation of our economy since World War II, creating millions of sustainable jobs across the country while transitioning our energy and transportation sectors from relying on fossil fuels to utilizing renewable energy sources instead. It’s a revolutionary piece of legislation that would go a long way toward preventing the worst effects of climate change.
Fonda herself recognizes that something must be done.
“This is an ongoing action to draw attention and a sense of urgency to the climate crisis,” she said. “Make no mistake. Change is coming whether we like it or not, by disaster or by design.”
Fire Drill Fridays has five central demands:
1. A Green New Deal
2. Respect for Indigenous Land and Sovereignty
3. Environmental Justice
4. Protection and Restoration of Biodiversity
5. Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture
Each of these is critical if we want to save our world and ourselves.
Of particular importance is our food supply, which is threatened by rising global temperatures and an increasing use of pesticides that have put pollinators such as bees at serious risk of extinction, a blow that would impact more than one-third of food production.
For protesting, Fonda and Waterston were arrested by police as their fellow protesters cheered them on for their efforts. Fonda is no stranger to being arrested while participating in activist causes, but this is Waterston’s first arrest. Asked by a reporter how getting arrested helps the cause, Waterston replied: “I have to do something. I don’t know. You got a better idea?”
As for Fonda, she has vowed to continue protesting every Friday until the Green New deal is taken seriously.
“I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created,” she said. “I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore – and even worse – empower – the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this.”
Both Fonda and Waterston hope to inspire Americans across the country and people around the globe to protest until the government takes the necessary action to combat the climate crisis and to show that it’s not only young people who want change.
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