Photo essay — “It’s too hot”: UMD students, Jane Fonda protest climate change in D.C.

Actress and activist Jane Fonda marches alongside hundreds of protesters, including actress Taylor Schilling (left), at the Fire Drill Friday on Dec. 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Dec. 6, 2019, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to take part in the ninth Fire Drill Friday, a movement led by actress Jane Fonda to protest the lack of action by big corporations and the government to combat climate change. Among the throng of protesters, some wearing costumes and others holding home-made signs, was a group of 20-some University of Maryland Students. While the overarching message of this Fire Drill Friday was to protest financial institutions that invest in the fossil fuel industry and contract with migrant detention centers, the students came with their own demands for the university. These student activists urged administrators to establish a sustainability general education requirement, divest from the fossil fuel industry and end the university’s use of fossil fuels.

University of Maryland students display their protest signs at Fire Drill Friday climate strike on Dec. 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Carmen Molina Acosta/For The Diamondback)

 

Protesters chant slogans such as “Shame on you!” and “No gas, no oil, keep that carbon in the soil!” as they sweep down the closed streets of Washington, D.C. to confront financial institutions that invest in the fossil fuel industry. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
A person dressed in a Trump mask symbolizes the lack of action against climate change by hitting a polar bear with a pool noodle. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

 

A University of Maryland Student holds up a sign at the Fire Drill Friday climate strike in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
Actress and activist Jane Fonda marches alongside hundreds of protesters, including actress Taylor Schilling (left), at the Fire Drill Friday on Dec. 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)
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Portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz photographs the Fire Drill Friday protest in Washington D.C. on Dec. 6, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

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