Fonda claimed to have been "inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement" spearheaded by young activists including Sweden's Greta Thunberg.
According to The Washington Post, which interviewed Fonda ahead of the launch event on Friday, "she has invited some of her celebrity friends: Actor Ted Danson of "Cheers" fame, who has become involved in ocean conservation; "The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler; and actresses Kyra Sedgwick and Catherine Keener".
A total of 16 people were arrested at the protest on Friday, Capitol Police told CBS News. "I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore - and even worse - empower - the industries that are destroying our planet for profit".More news: Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds
Fonda was joined by several others in this first protest including Naomi Klein, an activist, filmmaker, author and the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University.
Fonda was given permission to take a break from Netflix series "Grace and Frankie" to join protesters for 'Fire Drill Fridays'. The cameras flashed. I got up, and as I started to walk back to the auto with the translator, the implication of what had just happened hit me.
Fonda said: 'She realized that the crisis was barreling straight at us, like a train and looked around and people weren't behaving appropriately.More news: Padres pitcher arrested for breaking into home
She explained: 'I know men like him.
"Every Friday through January, I will be leading weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill to demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in".
Fonda added: 'I talked to Pamela Anderson, for example.More news: Oakland County Offers Flu Shots and Flu Nasal Spray Beginning Oct. 14