Video: Joaquin Phoenix, Norman Lear Join Jane Fonda for Climate Change Protests in L.A.

Jane Fonda leads a Fire Drill Fridays rally, calling for action to address climate change at Los Angeles City Hall Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. A half-century after throwing her attention-getting celebrity status into Vietnam War protests, Fonda is now doing the same in a U.S. climate movement where the average …

Jane Fonda is back and she’s still wearing her red overcoat. The left-wing Hollywood actress and activist has revived her series of climate change protests. But instead of snarling traffic in Washington D.C., she has brought her boisterous brand of environmental activism to downtown Los Angeles, where she and her supporters set up camp Friday morning in front of City Hall.

Fonda took aim at oil and gas drilling in California, demanding that energy companies pay more attention to curbing pollution.

“Right now across California, there are over 8,500 oil and gas wells within a half of a mile of where people live,” she told fellow protestors gathered outside. “Almost 5.5 million Californians live within a mile of a polluting oil or gas well. And for them, cancer and other health problems are rampant.”

Then suddenly raising her voice: “California’s children are more important than fossil fuel profits!”

Fonda’s long-running climate drama wouldn’t be complete without celebrity co-stars. On Friday, she was joined by Joker star Joaquin Phoenix. This is the actor’s second appearance at one of  Fonda’s climate rallies after being arrested in Washington in January.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix speaks during the Fonda-Fire Drill Friday’s fossil fuel protest with actress Jane Fonda (not pictured) in Los Angeles, California on February 7, 2020. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Actor Rainn Wilson of NBC’s The Office was also at the rally, jokingly telling the crowds that “99% of celebrities are idiots. Including myself.” But he continued by introducing grassroots environmental activists who attended the protest.

Fonda was also joined by Norman Lear, the 97-year-old TV producer of All in the Family and One Day at a Time.

US actress Jane Fonda (R) reaches out to hold Norman Lear’s hand as he speaks during the Fonda-Fire Drill Friday’s fossil fuel protest outside City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, California on February 7, 2020. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s wonderful to look out at all of your faces. It’s wonderful to have all of the people who came out for Jane, the climate and the planet. I can’t believe I’m standing here. I’ve been enjoying and living off the planet longer than anybody here,” Lear said in an address to the crowd.

“I want to save the planet for the six kids that brighten my life and the 4 gc behind them. I don’t have a hero bigger or more important to me or to them than Jane Fonda.”

Fonda then led fellow protestors on a march through downtown L.A.

Jane Fonda led 14 consecutive climate change protests in Washington, D.C. before returning to L.A. last month to start shooting the final season of her Netflix sitcom Grace & Frankie. The actress was arrested several times for disrupting the peace in and around Capitol Hill.

While Fonda was out protesting every Friday in Washington, she is only expected to protest on the first Friday of each month in L.A.

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