Meet Alexandria Villaseñor, the Young Woman Inspiring People to Take Action on the Climate Change Crisis


Alexandria Villaseñor caught the attention of the public after she protested outside of the United Nations building in New York City every Friday morning for months. After being inspired by Greta Thunberg, 14-year-old Latina climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor started skipping school and instead chose to sit on a bench by herself with signs protesting the inaction we are witnessing on this incredibly important matter.

She did this for months by herself, rain, snow, or sunshine. And others started catching on.

Eventually, her dedication worked and she is now a spokesperson on the subject. Alexandria founded the organization Earth Uprising and co-founded the US Youth Climate Strike. She has met with representatives on Capitol Hill.

. Recently, she introduced Ani DiFranco at the Clearwater Festival after giving a speech on climate change.

Alexandria also was a panelist at the Jacob Burns Film Center earlier this week, after the showing of the Grit documentary, which she said reminded her of her own situation as it was about an Indonesian girl fighting for the future of the planet alongside her mother.

Earlier this week, Alexandria was also a key speaker at the Global Leadership Summit, where she and her mother shared four important lessons on how young people can get their voices heard and demand climate action. She had some important advice for adults:

“My advice to adults and to parents is to listen to your child because they are extremely passionate about making sure that we’re all out there on the streets, fighting for our future. And, make sure to understand their point of view and their perspective on the climate crisis, because you can either understand us now and join us, or you can wait until later when you’re going to have to join us.”

Alexandria recently told Teen Vogue, “Since climate change will be affecting my generation the most with the trajectory we’re on, it’s important to try and get action, especially from our world leaders and government officials…The point with school striking is [that] it’s civil disobedience, and it’s another way to put pressure on the world leaders.”