Jane Fonda has said that she “worries” about fellow climate activist Greta Thunberg.
“She understands that if she’s attacked it’s because she’s making a difference and that scares people,” according to the actress and climate change dissident who gets arrested every week.
Fonda has been arrested multiple times over the past few weeks for taking part in climate change protests in Washington DC.
BBC reports: The 81-year-old has vowed to protest every Friday until January to demand for action to be taken to address climate change.
Thunberg, 16, found fame after her youth climate strike protests spread to schools around the world.
“They handcuff you with plastic things, not the old good metal ones. They hurt more,” Fonda says of her most recent arrest.
But she says: “I don’t want to go to prison.
“I don’t think that Jane Fonda the martyr is exactly what the movement needs right now.”
“The police are figuring out what to do. I was told if I keep getting arrested every week I may be put in the slammer. I may not get arrested every week because I have to start filming Grace and Frankie (her series for Netflix).”
Fonda has been an active campaigner for years, being involved in Native American rights campaigns, civil rights campaigns and protesting against the Vietnam War.
“I haven’t been very well in my skin because I knew I wasn’t doing what I can do. I was not a super happy person until I started to do this.”
She says she asked an “ocean scientist” taking part in her recent protest, “How do you stop from getting depressed?
“He said, ‘I become active. The minute you start doing something about it, the depression goes away’.”
Her latest action, she says, was inspired by the student protests led by Thunberg.