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Xiye Bastida, TED


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Civics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 8 minutes, 8 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City


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If You Adults Won't Save the World, We Will

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  • In this video, teenage climate activist Xiye Bastida narrates a letter to her grandmother about hope, resilience, and climate activism.
  • Students will hear Xiye's personal story, vision for the future, and inspirational call to action.
Teaching Tips


  • The video makes a strong case for intergenerational collective action.
  • A timestamped transcript is available for students who need support following along.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know that Abuelita means grandmother.


  • Language arts or writing classes could write letters about climate action to family members as a persuasive writing activity.
  • Students could work in small groups to research Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Jay Inslee, and Naomi Klein and then present their findings to the class.
  • Students could compare and contrast Xiye Bastida's letter with this video, which features an artistic presentation of an apology to future generations.
Scientist Notes
This resource is about climate activism, an important element for motivating students to take climate action. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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      • 9.4.8.CT.1: Evaluate diverse solutions proposed by a variety of individuals, organizations, and/or agencies to a local or global problem, such as climate change, and use critical thinking skills to predict which one(s) are likely to be effective (e.g., MS-ETS1-2).
      • 9.4.8.IML.13: Identify the impact of the creator on the content, production, and delivery of information (e.g., 8.2.8.ED.1).
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