The arrest occured during a protest where youth activists took to streets worldwide for the final #FridaysForFuture protests of the year.
Actor and comedy legend Lily Tomlin was arrested by Washington DC police officers during a weekly climate crisis protest on Capitol Hill.
The protest was part of a civil disobedience campaign organized by her friend and costar of Grace and Frankie, actor Jane Fonda. Video clips of 80-year-old Tomlin being arrested quickly circulated on social media with the campaign's hashtag, #FireDrillFriday:
.@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 pic.twitter.com/xplGWayri4— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) December 27, 2019
Fire Drill Friday is a weekly protest started by Fonda which had a weekly Thursday night teach-in along with a Friday rally and protest on the steps of the Capitol building. This week featured speakers like Hana Heineken of Rainforest Action Network; Gaurav Madan, senior forests and land campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S.; Rolando Navarro, a renewable natural resources engineer and fellow at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL); Rolf Skar, senior campaign strategist for Greenpeace USA; and Alfred Brownell, a Liberian lawyer and recipeint of the Goldman Environmental Prize. This past Friday's protest centered on, in the words of Fonda, the "fight to save our forests that are being cut down and burned to make way for cattle grazing, mono-culture planting of soy and palm oil trees, among other crops."
According to Deadline, Tomlin told the crowd that "we have got to stop hugging and start saving the trees." She reportedly called out the company BlackRock for investing in firms that are responsible for deforestation and immigration detention camps, and said that immigrants at such camps include "climate refugees."
"These corporations are making oodles of money on the front end, oodles of money on the back end," Tomlin said. "It is beyond reprehensible."
Fonda kicked off #FireDrillFridays in October after being inspired by the activism of Greta Thunberg—the 16-year-old Swede whose solitary protests sparked an international movement of youth climate strikers—as her inspiration.
Climate Strike Sydney— Patsy I-P 🦋 Luna (@PatsyIP4) December 27, 2019
In solidarity with those affected by the bushfires and the incredible firefighters risking their lives for others. Also with those impacted by the #ClimateEmergency globally.#FridaysForFuture @GretaThunberg #ClimateStrike @fff_Sydney #bushfires pic.twitter.com/eSDWJF1FJk