Xiuhtezcatl | Bio

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About Xiuhtezcatl 

As long as he can remember, Xiuhtezcatl has been connected to the natural world – the mountains, forests and rivers of Colorado. He was raised in the Aztec tradition in which his father taught him that as Indigenous people, they are descendants of the original caretakers of the land – the original activists before that word even existed. 

As he began to learn about the global crisis, he took action. Xiuhtezcatl has been on the frontlines of climate activism since he was six years old. He has worked throughout his childhood to get them to wake up and take action. He has worked with community leaders in Boulder and collaborated with over 50 environmental organizations to eliminate pesticides from Boulder's parks,  achieve a fee for plastic bags, contain coal ash, and get a moratorium on fracking in Boulder County. Along with other youth, he is currently working on a statewide ban on fracking through a lawsuit he filed against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. 

Xiuhtezcatl gives presentations on fracking and climate change in schools and conferences nationally. His work on climate change has led him to become a youth plaintiff against the United States for failing to protect the atmosphere. To support this litigation, Xiuhtezcatl met with representatives from all three branches of government working to garner support and create a climate recovery plan based on NASA scientist James Hansen's work. Over eighty members of congress, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus, publicly support the youth delegation. 

In 2012, Xiuhtezcatl was one of the youngest speakers at the RIO+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He spoke on UN panels and side events, and had the honor of lighting the sacred fire with indigenous elders from Brazil. He is traveling and initiating international Earth Guardian crews around the globe to fulfill the Earth Guardians mission with crews in Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Mexico, and Brazil. 

Xiuhtezcatl is a piano composer and has recorded his first album, JourneyHis music was first used in the documentary Trust Colorado which was shown in over 100 cities worldwide and received the 2012 Best Environmental Film Documentary of the Year. He also writes and performs original message-driven rap music to inspire and educate his peers through performances. He wrote and produced the Earth Guardians' new album, Generation RYSE. 

Xiuhtezcatl's first book, We Rise, is available for order now.



2016 Children's Climate Prize

2016 Make Your Own Legends Award

2016 Captain Planet Young Superhero Award

2015 Peace First Prize Award

2015 Nickolodean Halo Award

2015 Blazing Borders Award

2015 Bioneers Change Maker Award

2014 PeacePrize First Award Finalist

2014 Brower Award Finalist

2013 Presidential Youth Council member

2013 Young Indigenous Warriors Award

2013 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Service

2013 International Giraffe Award

2013 Gloria Barron Young Heroes Honoree

2013 Presidential United States Volunteer of the Year Award

2013 Indigenous Youth Environmental Activist Award

2012 International Eco Award

2012 Peace Maker of the Year Award

2012 Earth Savers Eco Award

2012 Peace Maker of the Year Award

2012 YOAB Certificate for Outstanding Community Service