Original note published in Unknown Mexico
To the Rodrigo Osegueda
Xiye Bastida, The 19-year-old Mexican caught the world’s attention for her speech at the recent climate change summit.
“Your Excellency, President Biden and Honorable Heads of State, my name is Xiye Bastidaand I’m a climate justice activist, born and raised in Mexico, ”she began her speech.
In the virtual presence of forty world leaders, including Valdimir Putin from Russia, Xi Jinping from China and Joe Biden from the USA, Bastida criticized the current governments for “perpetuate and defend the harmful systems of colonialism, oppression and capitalism “. Because of her courage and eloquence, the Mexican won applause and worldwide recognition.
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Xiye Bastida grew up in San Pedro Tultepec, Mexico state, and he is a descendant of the parishes of Otomí and Toltec. In 2015 his city suffered a drought that affected the water supply and farmers. Shortly before, she and her family had marched to the United States, where they witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Then he realized that both the drought and the new extreme weather events are related.
“”“Our lake dried up because we had no rain. We live with the cycles of the earth and that precipitation doesn’t come when it’s rainy season, it’s very crazy. If it doesn’t rain, the land dries up and we depend on it, ”he said Nexus Media.
Xiye Bastida and Greta Thunberg
Xiye Bastida began his activism by spreading propaganda at his Manhattan school to warn of the climate crisis. He also created the organization P.eoples climate movement, Sunrise movement Y. Extinction Rebellionas well as a platform to train activists who want to fight for the environment. In 2019 he called more than 600 students together to protest against the climate crisis.
“I realized that My mission was to promote climate and environmental justice. Focus on the communities that lived in equilibrium with nature before they became targets of exploitation and contamination, ”he added.
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In the same year he received Greta Thunberg in Manhattan, which he admires for his movement, which is not limited to a political group, but to scientific issues. However, she doesn’t like being called the “Mexican Greta”, which is why she wrote a book called “My Name Is Not Greta Thunberg”. In the text, she makes it clear that everyone has a personal project that strengthens the struggle they are intertwining with one another. While Greta relies on scientific models, Xiye focuses on indigenous communities, drought and human rights abuses.
During this year’s Earth Day, Xiye Bastida appeared at the climate summit where he asked:
“You will keep telling us that we (young activists) are unrealistic and unreasonable. But who is unrealistic and unreasonable with these so-called ambitious solutions? “