Alexandria Villaseñor is a 14 year old climate activist living in New York City. Frustrated by the lack of progress at COP 24, and inspired by 16 year old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Alexandria began her own solo weekly school strike for climate in front of the United Nations Headquarters on December 14, 2018 and has been on strike ever since.
Soon after she began, Alexandria became a national and international Fridays for Future organizer for the first ever global youth climate strike which occurred on March 15, 2019. This historic strike has been followed by four additional global climate strikes this year, with the most recent global climate strike on September 20, 2019 mobilizing 7 million people in over 180 countries. For her work, Alexandria was awarded the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival's "Disruptor", "The Common Good Foundation Changemaker Scholarship, the Earth Day Network 2019 Youth Climate Leadership Award, the 2019 Rachel Carson Award for Environmental Service and Politico identified her as one of the top 100 people influential in climate policy.
Alexandria has also recently launched her own non-profit, Earth Uprising International, where she is working to bring accurate climate change education into schools and helping youth mobilize for direct action and on September 23rd, Alexandria, alongside Greta Thunberg and 14 other children from all around the world, she filed an international complaint with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, alleging that the largest polluting nations on the planets are violating the human rights of children everywhere.
Today, Alexandria continues to organize national weekly Fridays for Future climate strikes and is a leading organizer for the ongoing global climate strikes. Personally, Alexandria stands for a 100% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as outlined in the October 2018 IPCC Special Report, and she intends to continue her school strikes, climate activism and direct action until the world acts on the climate crisis.