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JANE FONDA’S CRI DE COEUR
What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda (Sept. 8) Born into Hollywood royalty, Fonda’s life has been famously shaped by activism, from the Black Panthers fight against police brutality in the ’70s to antiVietnam War protests to recent calls to defund the police in the wake of George Floyd’s death on May 25. Last year, the 82-year-old had “an epiphany about the state of our planet,” inspired by young climate strikers like Greta Thunberg. In October 2019, Fonda moved to Washington, D.C., to lobby against U.S. inaction on climate change. “This is the last possible moment in history when changing course can mean saving lives and species on an unimaginable scale,” she writes. “It’s too late for moderation.” No stranger to jail cells, she was arrested five times in four months as she protested week after week on Capitol Hill for her Fire Drill Fridays. Her first arrest, on trumpedup drug charges in 1970, resulted in a mug shot seen around the world. Fifty years later, Fonda still has one fist in the air.