During a visit to Alberta to tour the oilsands this week, longtime environmental activist Jane Fonda says Canada should listen to indigenous people and their concerns regarding energy resource development.
The Academy Award-winning actress toured the Fort McMurray oilsands on Tuesday to oppose new pipeline developments. Fonda, 79, addressed the ever-divisive subject of work within the oil industry. Despite sympathizing with workers who are concerned for their jobs, she insists there is a far greater economic spin-off in renewable energy developments.
Her comments have aroused the ire of pro-oil groups, who have a bone to pick with Fonda’s claims that work in the oilsands is “a fossil fuel industry on its way out.”
Fonda was also a guest speaker for an event organized by Greenpeace Canada at the University of Alberta on Wednesday.
They detailed why they are opposing the Line 3 and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, as well as the possible approvals of the KeystoneXL and Energy East projects. Fonda also took aim at Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying it goes against Climate Change targets his government had committed to in Paris.
This isn’t the first time the “Coming Home” star has protested on Canadian soil. She made headlines in 2015 while protesting pipelines and oil tankers in B.C. with Greenpeace, famously exclaiming “I hope I get arrested.”
Fonda is the latest in a slew of celebrities to visit the Alberta oilsands. Leonardo DiCaprio and Canadians Neil Young and James Cameron have also made the trek.