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At Climate Summit, Mexico’s President Boasts About Oil And An Activist Condemns Fossil Fuels

MEXICO CITY — Forty world leaders are meeting virtually Thursday and Friday at the Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden to discuss stronger global environmental actions. Two Mexican guests, one activist and the president, offered conflicting perspectives. 

During his speech, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador boasted about his plans to renew hydroelectric stations and to refine oil in Mexico.  

But Xiye Bastida, a 19-year-old climate justice indigenous activist and guest speaker, condemned the oil and non-green energy industries. 

“You need to accept that the era of fossil fuels is over. We need a just transition to renewables worldwide,” Bastida said.

Mexico’s president also asked the U.S. to invest in his program for cultivating fruit and wood trees in southern Mexico and Central America, as well as to provide Visas and, eventually citizenship, to farmers in the project.

But according to media reports, members from the Biden administration say the proposal is not being considered, as reforestation and migration are two separate issues.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.