Jane Fonda has been arrested during a climate change protest in the US.

The actress was arrested at the US Capitol building’s east steps and was handcuffed before being escorted to a police vehicle.

The 81-year-old was among 16 people arrested for unlawfully protesting.

She was charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding and was released hours later.

The day before her arrest she had said she wanted to join the protests because she was inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created.

She described climate change as a collective crisis that demands collective action now.

Fonda is not new to activism and has previously praised children who are leading the fight against climate change, despite not being responsible for it.

She told ABC: (They) have really risked a lot and given up a lot in order to say: ‘Wake up old people. How come you’re not standing with us? You’ve taken our future away’.

So, you know, grandma’s joining.

She has praised teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg and called on the US to lead the way and act as an example to other countries such as China and India.

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