Climate justice activist Xiye Bastida witnessed firsthand the injustices of climate change in her small town of San Pedro Tultepec in Mexico. When she moved to New York for school, she started to organize. Bastida’s perspectives are brought to bear on Thomas Cole’s iconic landscape painting The Oxbow.
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