Jane Fonda Says Climate Crisis Can Be Blamed on Racism
Rachel Koning Beals, Market Watch, January 27, 2023
Actress, writer and activist Jane Fonda, whose protests have landed her in jail more than once, blamed the worst of climate change on racism during an interview to promote her new movie on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Fonda appeared with her “80 for Brady” co-stars Lily Tomlin, Rita Moreno and Sally Field on the talk show this week, where the movie stars were asked to reflect on what motivated them to get involved in social issues.
“Well, you know, you can take anything — sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, whatever, the war,” Fonda said. “And if you really get into it, and study it and learn about it and the history of it, everything’s connected. There’d be no climate crisis if it wasn’t for racism.”
Moreno asked Fonda to explain, and she replied, “Where would they put the sh—? Where would they put the poison and the pollution?
“They’re not gonna put it in Bel Air. They’ve got to find someplace where poor people or indigenous people or people of color are living,” continued Fonda, herself worth an estimated $200 million after a six-decade career in entertainment. “Put it there. They can’t fight back. And that’s why a big part of the climate movement now has to do with climate justice.”