Youth Environmentalists

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the youth director of Earth Guardians, is active in major environmental organizations and addressed UN forums starting at age 14. The website states “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are #generationryse young people to change the world.”[i] (It also lists 50 actions that individuals can take.) He lives in Colorado where he is working to ban fracking and is reaching out to youth in 25 countries to join him and his brother Itzcuauhtliin to demand action from world leaders. They delivered a petition to world leaders at the Climate Talks in Paris in December 2015. He believes youth are listened to more than other age groups because of their vulnerability and innocence and believes their youth is a tool they can use. The brothers are also an eco-hip-hop duo with an album called “Generation Ryse.” He attributes his motivation to be an activist to being raised in the Aztec warrior tradition by his father and his as an environmental educator, his mother founded and directs Earth Guardians.


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