Oceans in Crisis: Turning the Tides

With rising temperatures, plastic pollution and carbon emissions in dangerous numbers, the health of the planet’s most important life-giving resource is imperiled. On Nov. 21, Award-winning actresses Jane Fonda and Diane Lane sat down with The Washington Post to call attention to the world’s oceans crisis and discuss Fonda's weekly climate change protests on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
  • Nov 22
On The Front Lines: Protesting Climate Change
When asked about whether she’s happy with how Speaker Nancy Pelosi has handled the issue of climate change, actress and activist Jane Fonda said, “She’s bad mouthing the Green New Deal, and I don’t quite think she gets it,” but added, “I’m really glad she’s speaker…I really admire her. When the Impeachment is over and things like that, then we’ll talk to her about climate.”
  • Nov 21
When asked which 2020 presidential candidates she believes best address climate change and the climate crisis, actress and activist Jane Fonda said, ‘“There’s three of them. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Tom Steyer.” When pushed on whether she’s working with any of the candidates on the issues, Fonda responded, ‘ “All I can say is it’s too late for moderation.”
  • Nov 21
Actress and activist Diane Lane said she plans to be arrested for the first time Friday when she joins actress Jane Fonda for Fonda’s on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for Fonda’s weekly Fire Drill Friday climate change protest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. “I want to meet the edge of what it is to be a citizen and exercise my right to protest and say we need more action…We all need to take a turn, so I’m just going to be the resident virgin going into the volcano.”
  • Nov 21
Actresses Jane Fonda and Diane Lane say their celebrity has helped them connect with lawmakers on the Hill when doing advocacy work. On a recent encounter with Sen. Ted Cruz, Fonda said, “If he had been in the elevator with me in the 70’s he probably would have gotten off the elevator. But, because of Grace and Frankie he was very nice.” And Lane thanked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his help passing legislation that forbids the buying and selling of shark fins saying, “I appreciate him getting the shark fin bill passed…We have to go out of our comfort zone in our policies too.”
  • Nov 21
When asked how they would respond to Republicans who question what they’re doing to counter their own carbon footprints, actress Jane Fonda pushed back. “That’s what the right wing does. They turn it back on individuals…Don’t let them guilt trip you. It’s not our fault.’
  • Nov 21
Despite her admiration for him, actress and activist Jane Fonda said she believes President Obama didn’t do enough on climate change. “He didn’t get how urgent it is…he could have done more…We didn’t hold his feet to the fire.“
  • Nov 21
When asked why there are no politicians in attendance at her Fire Drill Friday protests, Jane Fonda said she doesn’t want the protests to appear political. “We don’t want to appear political. I mean, it’s very political, the policies that have to happen are obviously political. But we’re not inviting any candidates or any politicians to join. That may change.”
  • Nov 21
Full Segment
Award-winning actresses and activists Jane Fonda and Diane Lane are adding their voices and star power protesting to force politicians to address climate change. They are calling attention to the world’s oceans crisis with their plans for ongoing demonstrations in the nation’s capital.
  • Nov 22
Jane Fonda
Actress and Activist
Jane Fonda is a two-time Academy Award-winning actress (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home), author, activist, and fitness guru. Her career has spanned over 50 years, accumulating a body of film work that includes over 45 films and crucial work on behalf of political causes such as women’s rights, Native Americans, and the environment. As three-time Golden Globe® winner, Honorary Palme d’Or honoree, 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award winner, and recent recipient of the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film at the 2019 BAFTAs, Fonda continues her career by currently starring in the hit series, Grace & Frankie, which will return for its sixth season in January 2020. She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the 2017. She was last seen on the big screen in Paramount’s comedy, Book Club in which she starred alongside Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen. Fonda also premiered Jane Fonda in Five Acts, a documentary for HBO chronicling her life and activism, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Jane celebrated her 80th birthday by raising $1 million for each of her nonprofits, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential and The Women’s Media Center. Currently, Jane is living in Washington D.C. where she’s leading the charge on Fire Drill Fridays, a movement to protest government inaction on climate change.
Diane Lane
Actress and Activist
Diane Lane is an award-winning actress and activist. Her awards and nominations include “Best Actress” honors by the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics, and Academy Award®, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe® nominations for her starring role as an adulterous wife in the critically-acclaimed Unfaithful; Golden Globe® nominations for Under the Tuscan Sun; Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations for her leading role in HBO’s Cinema Verite; an Independent Spirit Award nomination for A Walk on the Moon; a SAG “Best Ensemble” nomination for Trumbo, and an Emmy nomination for her role as Lorena in Lonesome Dove. Lane has just wrapped production on the Focus Film features Let Him Go co-starring with Kevin Costner.In a Washington Post OpEd published in September, Lane addressed her concern for offshore oil drilling and seismic airgun blasting, the proliferation and ongoing production of plastics and support for offshore wind projects. That same week, she was honored by Oceana for her “tireless commitment to safeguarding and revitalizing our world’s oceans” at their annual New York Gala. In her speech, she addressed the threats our oceans are facing today, which she has previously helped win attention for on Capitol Hill. Lane told guests. “The stakes for survival are too high, and the alternative is simply unacceptable.”
Moderated by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
Oceans in Crisis: Turning The Tides
If the Earth warms by 3.6° Fahrenheit — and we’re already halfway there — 99 percent of coral reefs could be gone. That’s just one of the dire results we could see if world leaders take no actions on climate change, National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence Enric Sala said. “We’re going to a world that nobody is going to like.”
  • Nov 21
4ocean works in several countries across the globe to clean plastic from the ocean. Co-founders Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze share how their company is also working to stop the flow of plastic into the ocean.
  • Nov 21
National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence Enric Sala, and 4oceans co-founders Andrew Cooper and Alex Schulze share what individuals can do right now to help the planet’s health.
  • Nov 21
Full Segment
With rising temperatures, plastic pollution and carbon emissions in dangerous numbers, leading environmental experts examine the impact of climate change on our oceans, the consequences for humanity, and solutions that could turn the tide before it’s too late.
  • Nov 22
Andrew Cooper
Co-Founder, 4ocean
Andrew Cooper grew up in Orlando, Florida. Being from a landlocked city, surfing trips over to Cocoa Beach fed his love for the ocean. His passion for the sport of surfing quickly developed into a desire to care for the ocean. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University in 2014 with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Andrew spent the beginning stages of his career continuing to feed his love for the ocean. He worked as fishing charter guide, private yacht deckhand, Sea Tow captain and surf instructor. During summer of 2015, Andrew and Alex Schulze embarked on a surf trip to Bali in search of big waves, but what they found were beaches covered in garbage. After paddling through a devastating amount of plastic in the ocean and watching fishermen pull their boats through mounds of trash, they returned home with an urgent desire to clean the world’s oceans. They didn’t know it at the time, but in that moment, 4ocean was born. 4ocean is now a global ocean cleanup company: recovering and recycling ocean plastic, advocating for sustainable innovation and inspiring people around the world to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic.
Alex Schulze
Co-Founder, 4ocean
Alex Schulze grew up in Marco Island on the west coast of Florida. He spent most of his free time at the beach, surrounding himself with all-things-water. Growing up fishing, diving and surfing, Alex’s natural affinity with the ocean was the gateway to his future endeavors. Alex also graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2014 with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He spent his early career as a licensed boat captain, provided fishing charters and boat tours. During the summer of 2015, Alex and Andrew Cooper embarked on a surf trip to Bali in search of big waves, but what they found were beaches covered in garbage. After paddling through a devastating amount of plastic in the ocean and watching fishermen pull their boats through mounds of trash, they returned home with an urgent desire to clean the world’s oceans. They didn’t know it at the time, but in that moment, 4ocean was born. 4ocean is now a global ocean cleanup company: recovering and recycling ocean plastic, advocating for sustainable innovation and inspiring people around the world to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic.
Enric Sala, PhD.
Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
Dr. Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and storytelling to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.7 million square km (over half the size of the United States). He's received many awards including 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, and 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Enric serves on the boards of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Global Fishing Watch, and the National Aquarium, and advises international organizations and governments.
Moderated byFrances Sellers
The Washington Post
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