WASHINGTON — The District prepared for another round of Climate Change protests in Downtown D.C. on Friday.
Shut Down D.C. protesters are joining forces with Actress Jane Fonda and other activists to rally for climate change. The group is coming together at Franklin Square as part of 'Fire Drill Fridays,' a rally protesters and activists conduct every Friday to bring awareness to climate change issues. According to the organization's Twitter page, this week's theme is Migration and Human Rights.
Before the rally at Frankin Square, Shut Down D.C. protesters marched to The World Bank causing traffic disturbances on D.C. streets.
In a statement, the organizers said: “Climate rebels will blockade the streets surrounding the World Bank's global headquarters and demand that the Bank fully divest from fossil fuels immediately.
Back in September, Shut Down D.C. also caused traffic disruptions to protest the state of climate change legislation in Congress. Multiple organizations were unified under one banner to take drastic action. Thirty-two protesters were arrested after blocking intersections across the District.
Fonda has made her mark in D.C. as an activist for climate change as well. She has vowed to protest and get arrested every Friday in D.C. as part of the weekly climate change rally. She has since kept her promise and demonstrates along with others in D.C.
The 82-year-old actress moved to D.C. earlier this fall to protest climate change. In a recent television interview, Fonda said: "it feels good to be arrested for civil disobedience." Fonda said she will continue to protest at the Capitol every Friday through January.
The reason for Friday’s protest is twofold. This week global leaders are meeting in Madrid, Spain to discuss the state of the climate. Friday is also the same day as the Youth Climate Strike nationally.