Jane Fonda’s appearance at a Greenpeace rally in Vancouver wasn’t a one-time deal for the talented actress. The 77-year-old followed up her passionate pleas to protect British Columbia’s coastline by stepping up to the mic at Toronto’s ‘March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate” protest on Sunday (July 5) to urge the government to do more to fight climate change.
Jane joined more than 10,000 social advocates who marched in the city’s downtown core before convening on the grounds outside Ontario’s legislature. The Oscar winner made the event a family affair by bringing along her 16-year-old grandson, Malcolm.
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“I think that the coalition that is represented in today’s march and rally will make a difference,” Jane told reporters following the event. “They are saying, ‘ We don’t have to choose between the environment and the economy – that is a false choice.’”
Like Vancouver’s rally, which also saw actress Rachel McAdams in the sea of protesters, Toronto’s event had its fair share of familiar faces. Canada’s most acclaimed and famous environmentalist, David Suzuki, singer Joel Plaskett and author Naomi Klein also showed their support for the demonstration that was organized by the global climate movement +360.
The Grace and Frankie star kept cool under a wide-brimmed hat and accessorized her fringed shawl with a matching neck scarf. She did not participate in the parade but happily posed for pictures and chatted with fellow protesters.
The event comes on the heels of a decision by U.S. President Barack Obama last week to allow controversial drilling to commence in the Arctic Ocean. Jane was left reeling after the ruling, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "It boils my blood that people I helped bring to office would endanger the lives of my grandchildren."