Alexandria Villasenor

Teen Climate Activist

It was less than a year ago that Alexandria Villasenor, a 14-year-old living in New York City, first understood what it means to be impacted by the climate crisis. Alexandria was visiting her hometown of Davis, California, in November 2018 when the Paradise fire, one of the deadliest wildfires in California history which scientists have attributed to the climate crisis, ignited just 100 miles away and blazed across 153,336 acres, destroying nearly 19,000 structures and killing at least 85 people. Alexandria’s experience with the Camp fire inspired her to speak out about the consequences of climate change. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, Alexandria began protesting outside the United Nations, where she has held a sign with the worlds “School Strike 4 Climate” every Friday since December 14, 2018. Alexandria has become a leader of student strikes for the climate in the US and has also launched her own youth-led nonprofit, Earth Uprising.

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"What got me involved in climate activism in the first place was a visit to my hometown in northern California when California's worst wildfire broke out, the Paradise fire. My generation is really looking to see what companies are being sustainable and really are trying to protect our future."

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