Between the 2016 election and this year's, more than 4,000,000 young people turn 18. The generations under 35 today are progressive, diverse, educated and focused on equality. There is only one problem: young people vote at a lower rate than any other age group.
Millennials and younger are about to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest group at voting age in America. If we all voted, imagine the change we could create.
Enter #YooVOTE, a campaign by young people for young people, to encourage voter participation in the 2018 midterms.
This peer-to-peer campaign launches with a birthday video from Xiuhtezcatl Martinez on 5/9 speaking out about his excitement about voting for the first time. Following that, other youth leaders and celebs will share their own videos and memes about why they are excited to vote in 2018.
More Projects by Xiuhtezcatl
In addition to speaking, protesting, suing state and federal governments for environmental concerns, and mobilizing kids around the planet with Earth Guardians, Xiuhtezcatl has several new projects underway - including recording a hip hop album, filming a TV show, and his new book published by Rodale.
Xiuhtezcatl frequently speaks to audiences as diverse as the United Nations, schools, festival goers, and community leaders and non-profits.
His appearances are in high demand, as are those of the other skilled Earth Guardians speakers.
THE INCONVENIENT PROOF: THE HIDDEN IMPACTS OF FRACKING
Xiuhtezcatl has been fighting Fracking in Colorado since he was 11 years old.
His work has helped:
- Close down a county commissioners meeting
- Get Fracking banned in Boulder
- Initiate a five year moratorium on Fracking in Boulder County
He is suing the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC) for not protecting Colorado residents against the threats of Fracking, and has won a series of appeals to advance the lawsuit.
Trained to give this presentation by one of the top Fracking experts in the country, Xiuhtezcatl shares both his knowledge on the dangers of Fracking and his personal journey to stop it.
CULTURE & EARTH
Deeply rooted in the Aztec tradition, Xiuhtezcatl shares his personal indigenous wisdom and the importance of staying connected to our cultures. He shares his connection with the natural world and its influence on him as a young leader. He discusses the importance of returning to a sacred way of living with the earth.
- Disappearing cultures around the world
- The loss of languages and
- Ancient teachings as important guides for turning the tides in our current crisis
His presentation reveals the fact that we are all indigenous to this sacred Earth. Acknowledging our interconnectedness, what we do in one part of the world affects all. The journey we must begin is healing ourselves to heal our earth.
ROOTS OF REVOLUTION
Roots of Revolution is an eye-opening presentation that inspires you to stand up and take action to protect all that you love!
Xiuhtezcatl is recording a new album, thanks to his supporters and the success of crowdfunding!