The actor urged everyone to do their bit in helping combat climate change, starting with changing their eating habits.
Days after winning a Golden Globe for his performance in the Joker, Joaquin Phoenix has been arrested for protesting the government's inaction against climate change. Phoenix is the latest celebrity to get arrested for participating in the climate change rally organized by Jane Fonda, who has already been arrested four times. Dubbed Fire Drill Friday protests, the climate change protests have been going on for weeks and see many celebrities making their appearance. More than a week ago, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda's co-star from Grace and Frankie, was arrested for protesting outside the Capitol.
Joaquin Phoenix continued with his speech at the event, despite the local police warning that all those present that they would be arrested if they continued. The actor was addressing the biggest crowd that Fire Drill Friday has seen since it started in November. Phoenix is a vegan and a climate change activist. He also spoke about it after winning the Golden Globe and urged people to take responsibility. "It's great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives. I hope that we can do that. We don't have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards sometimes, or back, please," said the actor at the Golden Globes.
"Something that oftentimes isn't talked about in the environmental movement or in the conversation about climate change is that the meat and dairy industry is the third-leading cause of climate change. I think sometimes we wonder, 'What can we do in this fight against climate change?' And there is something you can do today, right now, and tomorrow by making a choice about what you consume... I struggle so much with what I can do at times. There are things I can't avoid. I flew a plane out here last night, but one thing I can do is change my eating habits. So I just want to urge all of you to join me in that," said the actor at the Fire Drill Friday protests.
We salute animal activist Joaquin Phoenix, who took to the steps of Capitol Hill during today's @FireDrillFriday climate protest to call out the meat & dairy industries for being the 3rd largest contributor to climate change.He was arrested later in the day.📹:Jonathan Rosenberry pic.twitter.com/YNp0LEoM2F— Farm Sanctuary (@FarmSanctuary) January 11, 2020
It's not clear if any of the other celebrities, including Jane Fonda, were arrested. The Grace and Frankie star has been arrested numerous times over the past few weeks but that hasn't deterred her spirit. "I’m not nervous because I’ve been arrested before,” said Fonda. “I’m doing this because I recognize we are in the middle of a terrible crisis and we don’t have a lot of time. We have 11 years to try to turn this around. If we don’t, the fabric of the global environment will begin to unravel and there will be nothing we can do to change it,” said Fonda, according to France 24. Jane Fonda recently hit out at Donald Trump for not taking climate seriously. "What he's doing to the world... is just criminal. It's just criminal. It's terrible. But there's more of us, and we can make a difference," said Fonda.
joaquin phoenix got a golden globe and arrested in the same week— mikayla (@margotsdebby) January 10, 2020