Xiye Bastida

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Xiye Bastida
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Bastida in 2019
Toluca, Mexico
  • Mexican
  • Chilean
Known forSchool strike for climate
Home townSan Pedro Tultepec, Lerma

Xiye Bastida (born 2002) is a youth climate activist and member of the indigenous Mexican Otomi-Toltec nation. She is one of the major organizers of Fridays for Future New York City and has been a leading voice for indigenous and immigrant visibility in climate activism.[1] She is on the administration committee of the People's Climate Movement and a member of Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion.


Bastida awaiting Thunberg's arrival, 2019

Bastida was born in Atlacomulco, Mexico to parents Mindahi and Geraldine, who are also environmentalists,[2] and raised in the town of San Pedro Tultepec in Lerma.[3][4] She is of Otomi-Toltec (indigenous Mexican) and Bolivian descent on her father's side and Chilean and European descent on her mother's.[5][6] Bastida holds Mexican and Chilean citizenship.[7]

Bastida and her family moved to New York City after extreme flooding hit their hometown of San Pedro Tultepec in 2015 following three years of drought.[8]

Bastida began her activism with an environmental club. The club protested at Albany and New York City Hall and lobbied for the CLCPA [the Climate and Community Leaders Protection Act] and the Dirty Buildings Bill.[7] It was then she heard about Greta Thunberg and her climate strikes.

Bastida gave a speech on Indigenous Cosmology at the 9th United Nations World Urban Forum, and was awarded the “Spirit of the UN” award in 2018.[9]

Bastida led her high school, The Beacon School,[10] in the first major climate strike in New York City on 15 March 2019.[11] She and Alexandria Villaseñor officially greeted Thunberg upon her arrival from Europe by boat in September 2019 to attend the UN Climate Summit.[12]

Teen Vogue released a documentary short We Rise on Bastida in December 2019.[13]


  • We Rise (2019)


  1. ^ Burton, Nylah (11 October 2019). "Meet the young activists of color who are leading the charge against climate disaster". Vox. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ Vincent, Maddie (17 August 2019). "Youth activists stress collaboration, urgency to respond to climate change". Aspen Times. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  3. ^ "How an Indigenous Teen Climate Activist Plans to Change the World". Teen Vogue. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. ^ Bagley, Katherine (7 November 2019). "From a Young Climate Movement Leader, a Determined Call for Action". Yale Environment 365. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. ^ Perry, Aaron William (27 August 2019). "Episode 46 – Xiye Bastida, Global Youth Leader: "Strike with Us!"". Yale Environment 360. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  6. ^ Tierra, Desafío (28 August 2019). "Xiye Bastida, la adolescente de madre chilena que recibió a Greta Thunberg en su llegada a Nueva York". CNN Chile (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  7. ^ a b Labayen, Evalena (10 December 2019). "Environmental activist Xiye Bastida says "OK, Doomers"". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  8. ^ Lucente Sterling, Anna (25 September 2019). "This Teen Climate Activist Is Fighting To Ensure Indigenous And Marginalized Voices Are Being Heard". HuffPost. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Xiye Bastida". Omega. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  10. ^ ""Young People Have Had Enough": Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marching Today". Democracy Now. 20 September 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  11. ^ Kamenetz, Anya (19 January 2020). "'You Need To Act Now': Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World". NPR. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  12. ^ Cimons, Marlene (19 September 2020). "Meet Xiye Bastida, America's Greta Thunberg". PBS. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  13. ^ Kirkland, Allegra (19 December 2019). "Xiye Bastida Opens Up About the Personal Costs of Activism In Documentary 'We Rise'". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 3 February 2020.