In this episode, I speak with Xiye Bastida, a 21-year-old climate justice activist born in Mexico and was raised as part of the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous community. She is an organizer, author, speaker, and student who is driven to make the climate movement more inclusive and diverse.
As an organizer with Fridays For Future and the co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative, Xiye is a global leader of the climate movement that focuses on highlighting the intersectionality of the climate crisis. In our conversation, Xiye shares her story of getting into climate activism, what makes the youth movement so powerful, and indigenous wisdom that she sees as most essential for addressing the crisis.
Some topics we cover include:
- Xiye’s climate experience growing up in Mexico
- The current reality of the climate crisis, and how we got here
- What climate justice is, and what it looks like in practice
- Indigenous wisdom that’s essential for addressing the climate crisis
- How to change the cultural mindset regarding the climate crisis, and the role storytelling plays
- What it’s like to be a young person growing up in this world, and what they wish older generations knew
- What Xiye hopes will be most different in 10 years
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Changemakers: How women make change happen
This is the first episode of the new Changemakers series which explores how women make change happen from those at the top helping to drive it. Each episode, we look at where we are on this long march to equality, what lies ahead, and how important you are in the fight.
In this 14-episode series, we’ll hear from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and Afghanistan's youngest ever female mayor Zarifa Ghafari, among others. Guest host Asha Dahya speaks with co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Alicia Garza.
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