While Fonda has taken part in many climate rallies, she says Thunberg's mobilization of worldwide student strikes and other activism, along with the climate writing of author Naomi Klein, made her decide to return to courting arrests for a cause again. She hopes to encourage other older people to protest as well.
Fonda's arrest was captured and tweeted for all of the world to see.
The actress has made it clear she will continue to protest and get arrested until her point regarding climate control is understood by congress.More news: Hillary Clinton implies Tulsi Gabbard is favored by Russia
Fonda's "Grace and Frankie" co-star Sam Waterston was also arrested. After her first arrest last week, she had trouble getting into the police vehicle because she was handcuffed behind her back and "had nothing to hang on to".
"Thanks, Jane!" yelled some of the couple hundred or more protesters who'd turned.
Stepping briskly into a U.S. Capitol police vehicle Friday, Jane Fonda is returning to civil disobedience after a almost half-century break, inspired by the climate activism of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg and hoping to encourage older people like her to protest as well.
The rally drew at least a couple of hundred people, young and old.More news: Yankees' Sabathia replaced on ALCS roster due to shoulder injury
Waterston and Fonda were joined by author and historian Ibram X. Kendi, indigenous activist Jasilyn Charger, and Greenpeace campaigner Charlie Jiang at the second Fire Drill Friday protest.
WTOL quoted her as saying: "We have to be sure that the crisis that is climate change remains front and center like a ticking time bomb. It attracts media. We're trying to raise the visibility of this crisis".
The Academy Award-winning actress was photographed with zip ties on her wrists and being escorted by U.S. Capitol Police. Waterston, known for "Law & Order", as well as "Grace & Frankie", told Thorp this was his first time being arrested.
Especially in the USA, young people appear to be driving numerous protests and rallies demanding government action on climate change, University of Maryland sociologist Dana Fisher said.More news: Angels name Maddon new manager | News | NewsTalk 610 AM & 103.9 FM KDAL
But while Jane Fonda can be called many things, "wise" has never been one of them.