Who is Xiuhtezcatl Martinez?
Pronounced ‘Shu-Tez-Caht,’ Xiuhtezcatl is an indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist and the powerful voice at the forefront of an environmental movement led by youth around the globe.
He is seventeen years old. At the age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began his work speaking around the world - from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations New York.
Xiuhtezcatl is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, an organization of youth activists, artists and musicians stepping up as leaders. Thousands of Earth Guardian crews work together around the world to create positive, concrete action in their communities to address climate change.
Now Xiuhtezcatl is a lead plaintiff with a group of 21 young activists joining climate scientist James Hansen in suing the U.S. Government for failing to act on climate change to protect the Earth's atmosphere and our youth's future.
He has traveled the world educating his generation (and older generations) about the state of the planet they will inherit, inspiring them into action to protect the Earth. He performs internationally at music festivals, organizes demonstrations, and has spoken at over 100 high-impact rallies, events and conferences.
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.