Environment – Climate Change – Sustainability – Awareness – Leadership – Social Justice – Edutainment
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 16 year old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and working together to create positive change in their communities to address climate change and other important issues that will define our future.
He is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Obama administration for their failure to protect the atmosphere and their future. He has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained and moratoriums on fracking in his state.
He has traveled across the nation and to many parts of the world educating his generation about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspiring them into action to protect the Earth. His movement has grown to over 2,000 youth lead Earth Guardian crews globally working on the front-line to combat climate change. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO and many more.
In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President’s youth council.
He is the 2015 recipient of the Peace First Prize and the recipient of the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award. Bill Mckibben of 350.org calls Xiuhtezcatl “an impressive spokesman for a viewpoint the world needs to hear.”
One of Xiuhtezcatl’s current missions is to help train Youth Organizers around the globe, to become Climate Leaders. He and the Earth Guardians Crew have put together a powerful Wisdom council (including Wynona LaDuke, Van Jones, Peter Yarrow, Tom Shadyac and more) to work with a growing Youth Council, with the intention of training Youth Leaders across the globe. Using Team Building exercises, hard facts and experience with concrete solutionary actions.
Below is a statement from the RYSE Project:
“We believe in the power of youth to disrupt the global leadership status quo. We envision young people confidently stepping up to lead projects, campaigns, and collective actions. This intergenerational movement is not waiting for others to take action. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”
—Rising Youth For A Sustainable Planet
Inquire about a RYSE Workshop—dependent on availability and location, Xiuhtezcatl and members of the councils may be available to facilitate RYSE trainings on campuses.
Xiuhtezcatl is a piano composer and hip-hop artist who writes and produces music to educate and inspire his generation to connect with their passions and contribute to protecting our air, water, earth, and atmosphere. Performing often with his 12 year old brother Itzcuauhtli, their new album, Generation RYSE, will get you off your feet and wake up your mind as well.
Xiuhtezcatl Speaks at the United Nations: