Joaquin Phoenix earlier this month won a prize at the Golden Globes Awards for his performance in the movie Joker. Nevertheless, that day, it wasn’t his victory that grabbed the news stories, it was his hard-hitting speech about global warming and Australia wildfires which became the subject of debate.
In his speech, he appreciated this year’s Golden Globes organizers for going vegan. Phoenix said in his speech “It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that, right? … It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and hope that we can do that. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards sometimes or back, please.”
Well, it seems it wasn’t just a speech but the actor was also working upon them and attending nature demonstrations. Now the latest reports address the detention of Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen, who were supporters and part of the climate change rally in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday. The rally was held in Washington DC.
As confirmed by CNN, this week’s arrest took place along with 147 people from the protest and they were all charged with crowding, blocking or inconveniencing. Joaquin Phoenix gave a further speech at the protest venue before the arrest took place. The actor stated, “I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can’t avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather. But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits.”