In the fall of 2019, frustrated with the inaction of politicians and inspired by Greta Thunberg, Naomi Klein, and student climate strikers, Jane Fonda decided that she would take to the streets and protest against climate change on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. On the 11th October, she launched Fire Drill Fridays (FDF), and has since led thousands of people in highly successful non-violent civil disobedience, which has several times led to her arrest. This book is not only the last act of testimony of a woman who has continually fought for the environment, but more importantly a practical call to actionthat provides the necessary tools for everyone to play a part. In this new book, Jane Fonda weaves her deeply personal journey alongside interviews with leading experts, environmentalists and activists who have joined her on her fight, in order to analyse the critical issues of our time in greater depth: the state of the oceans and scarcity of water, the need for female leadership, migration, human rights, the effects of war and militarism on the climate, plastics, sustainable agriculture… all of these issues are profoundly connected to one another, and they show that we are not only facing a climate crisis, but a far wider emergency in which the negative consequences of pollution are reflected in precise racial, economic, gender, and power contexts: it is not only the Earth’s ecosystems that are unravelling. So too is our entire social fabric. For this very reason, with the passion, strength, intelligence and femininity that have always personified her battles, Jane Fonda urges us to join together and fight for not only our immediate future, but for the future of generations to come.
“When I was young, I thought that activism was a sprint, and if I just go fast enough everything can be fixed really quick.
And then I got a little older and I realized that activism is more like a marathon, and I slowed down and learned to pace myself. When I was eighty-two, I realized that it is not like a hundred meters, and not even like a marathon: It is a relay.
The most important thing we can do today as adults is to stand by and support the new generations of environmentalists who are ready to take the reins of the movement.
This book is dedicated to them.”
A celebrated and beloved actress, icon of American cinema, winner of two Oscars and an Emmy, Jane Fonda is also an important political activist. She is a member of the V-Day Board of Directors: Until the Violence stops, Women’s Media Center (which she co-founded in 2004), Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, and Homeboy Industries. She lives in Los Angeles.