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We Rise

the Earth Guardians guide to building a movement that restores the planet

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Challenge the status quo, change the face of activism, and confront climate change head on with the ultimate blueprint for taking action

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year-old climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement.

He and his team the Earth Guardians believe that today’s youth are the future and the present. They know that the choices made right now will have a lasting impact on the world of tomorrow. People―young and old―are asking themselves what they can do to ensure a positive, just and sustainable future. We Rise has the answers.

Beginning with the empowering story of the Earth Guardians and how Xiuhtezcatl has become the voice of a generation, We Rise explores all aspects of effective activism and provides step-by-step information on how to start or join a solution-oriented movement.

We Rise is an action guide on how to face the biggest problems of today, including climate change, environmental racism, fossil fuel extraction and industrial agriculture with

  • Conversations between Xiuhtezcatl and well-known activists and revolutionaries
  • Practical advice for living a more sustainable lifestyle
  • Instructions for building an indestructible community 

If you are interested in creating real and radical change, We Rise will give you the inspiration and information you need to make the world a better place and leave you asking: If I don't step up, who will?

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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.

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