Joaquin Phoenix Arrested At Climate Change Protest
Actor, Joaquin Phoenix, was arrested on Friday after taking part in Jane Fonda's weekly "Fire Drill Fridays" to protest climate change, per a report from The Independent.
A spokesperson from the initiative confirmed that the Joker actor was among 147 people detailed during the protest for crowding, obstructing or incommoding.
However, before he was taken away by law enforcement, Phoenix proceeded to address the crowd outside the US capitol with a rousing speech, wherein he condemned the meat and dairy industry, and implored people to go vegan.
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In it, he admitted that he "struggles so much" with what he can do to help the climate crisis, disclosing that while he can't avoid flying, one thing he could change was his eating habits.
"Something I think isn’t oftentimes 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," the actor said, according to the publication.
"I think sometimes we wonder what we can do in this fight against climate change and there’s something that you can do today, right now, and tomorrow, by making a choice about what you consume."
Twitter videos showed Phoenix – along with Fonda, Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Amber Valletta, June Diane Raphael and hundreds of activists – marching in protest on the steps of the Capitol and at Chase Bank.
Fonda has led the Fire Drill Fridays protests in Washington DC since last October, reportedly getting arrested on four separate occasions for her involvement. Each week, the protests are centred around a different theme, with this week’s theme focusing on holding financial institutions accountable for their role in financing the fossil fuel industry."
Phoenix's arrest comes several days after his speech at the Golden Globes, where he praised the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for serving vegan food. "It really sends a powerful message," he said.