Lily Tomlin Arrested During Climate Change Protest In D.C

Lily Tomlin Arrested During Climate Change Protest In D.C

Lily Tomlin joins Ted Danson and Grace and Frankie co-star Sam Waterston in Jane Fonda's climate change movement.

Image Source: 2019.12.27 Fire Drill Fridays with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, Washington, DC USA 361 172175/Flickr

Lily Tomlin was arrested outside the Capitol Hill during the climate change protests that were organized by her Netflix series co-star Jane Fonda. The arrest took place on Friday, during the 12th week of climate protests spearheaded by Fonda. Entertainment Weekly reported that Tomlin was part of a group of demonstrators who were voicing their advocacy for the government to take immediate action on a Green New Deal. “Our movement has been unbelievably successful. Already we’ve taken $11 trillion out of banks that are underwriting fossil fuel expansion,” Tomlin told the crowd in an accompanying Twitter video.


With this arrest, Tomlin joins the club of Fonda's celebrity friends who have been arrested for supporting her climate change movement. The movement is called Fire Drill Fridays, and Sally Field, Ted Danson, Rosanna Arquette, Catherine Keener, Diane Lane, Paul Scheer, and fellow Grace and Frankie stars Sam Waterston and June Diane Raphael had all been a part of the peaceful protests. They too were all taken in by police as a result of their active participation. Fonda herself had been arrested up to five times due to her role in inspiring the protests.


The Twitter account for Fire Drill Fridays shared the footage of Tomlin’s arrest, writing: “@LilyTomlin was just arrested because forests can’t wait! To maximize the climate benefit of forests, we must keep more forest landscapes intact, manage forests sustainably, and restore those that we have lost. #FireDrillFriday.”


Back in October, Fonda revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that she would be doing the "Fire Drill Friday" moniker. During the announcement, she stated that she was going to move to Washington D.C. "We're going to engage in civil disobedience and we're going to get arrested every Friday" she said. The 82-year-old actress and activist has been vocal about how the protests of the indigenous groups and young climate change activists like Greta Thunberg have greatly inspired her actions. Her support for the proposed Green New Deal stems from these sources. She said that her plans are to demonstrate the protests every week into January 2020. 


The Atlantic reports that the Green New Deal climate proposal is currently in no man's land. It was initially introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts. The principle motive of the deal would be that the United States and its government are to steer clear of fossil fuel energy and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

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