We are a dedicated team of dynamic young leaders who represent the youth voice and the vision of Earth Guardians
About the Speakers Bureau
Through Earth Guardian's RYSE program we have partnered with incredible youth speakers who have both the expertise and talent to present on a variety of topics. From climate change, to human rights and social justice, to green entrepreneurship and innovation, members of the EG Speakers Bureau from all over the world are amplifying youth perspectives on important and complex issues.
This intergenerational cohort of leaders is available to speak at workshops and trainings, give keynotes at conferences, participate in panels, speak at rallies and school assemblies, and give media interviews. Members of the EG Speakers Bureau have been hired to speak at United Nations events, international rallies, and many other high-profile events.
If you are interested in hiring a member of the EG Speakers Bureau to speak at your event, please fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.
Meet Our Speakers
Aji Piper | Washington, USA
Aji, 16, grew up in the woods of the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington. From his upbringing Aji developed a deep love and connection to the forest and waters of the Pacific Northwest. His journey in activism began when he learned about oil trains coming through his city and along the coast and he was driven to take part in protests and legislative hearings. He has since served his community by founding the Seattle chapter of Earth Guardians and serving as the President of Plant for the Planet, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting climate change through planting trees.
As one of 21 youth plaintiffs suing the United States Government in a Landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit, Aji is taking matters into his own hands. He is also plaintiff on another youth-driven lawsuit demanding that Washington's environmental department act to mitigate climate change.
During his spare time you can find Aji volunteering at local food banks, doing forest restoration work with his mother, and performing powerful activist-driven music.
Jonathon Reed | Ontario, Canada
As a passionate speaker, Jonathon's goal is to inspire more young leaders into climate action. Jonathon first connected with activism by sleeping on the street with the Occupy movement in 2011. In the years following, his love of nature and hunger for justice brought him into the climate justice movement. He recruited for Powershift 2012, marched in solidarity with Idle No More, protested planned pipelines, and organized for the People's Climate March. Currently, Jonathon is involved in organizing against tar sands in his homeland of Canada.
Jonathon has the natural ability to connect with young people, having spent years working with kids in outdoor education and at-risk youth programs. In his spare time, Jonathon enjoys performing slam poetry and mentoring youth.
Isabella Zizi | California, USA
Isabella Zizi, 22, is a member of the Northern Cheyenne, Arikara, and Muskogee Creek tribes and the founder of Earth Guardians Bay Area. Zizi's family has resided in Richmond, California for over 40 years and have served the Native community profoundly by bringing the first ever Native American Health Center and pow-wow to their city.
Ms. Zizi's involvement in environmental activism began on August 6, 2012, when a huge explosion erupted at the Richmond Chevron refinery. The explosion caused over 15,000 residents to flee to the hospital due to respiratory problems, itchy eyes, and irritated throats caused by the black smoke that covered the town. Since that day, Isabella has been tirelessly organizing in her community.
The American Indigenous Movement-West (AIM-West) is a huge part of Isabella's life, and much of her activism is focused around raising awareness about local indigenous issues through attending sunrise ceremonies every Indigenous Peoples day and UN-Thanksgiving, protecting sacred shell mounds, and speaking out about culture appropriation. She has also educated students, faculty, and friends about Native activist, AIM member, and political prisoner Leonard Peltier.
Isabella is committed to nonviolent direct action and has helped organize myriad actions in the Bay Area. She joined as the youngest member of Idle No More SF Bay to help organize refinery "healing walks": one walk per month for 4 months all along the refinery towns on the East Bay of San Francisco. Currently, she is focused on raising awareness about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. On November 15th, Isabella helped organize one of the biggest women-led days of action targeting the Army Corps of Engineers offices in SF, in which over 4,000 people shut down a main street to raise awareness about DAPL.
Journey Zephier | Hawaii, USA
Journey Mani Wanji Itacan Zephier is a 15 year-old environmental activist and youth leader from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Ihanktonwan Dakota Nation. He is the youth director of Earth Guardians Kauai, founder of Earth 7.0, and works to encourage youth to get more involved in local politics and legislation.
Journey regularly speaks and testifies on legislation on behalf of the seventh generation. From his home on Kauai, he fights for Native and Indigenous rights, sacred sites, the environment, and the overall protection of Mother Earth. He is also the newest member of the RYSE Youth Council.
"I feel like it is our responsibility to think about the next 7 generations to come and what we are leaving them, Our leaders have left our generation a world in crisis, now we will ries together and find solutions to make sure our children inherit a livable planet. Our message to the world? It is that we are here, we are awake, and we will protect our future!"
Kelsey Juliana | Oregon & North Carolina, USA
Oregon-native Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana, 20, has worked on climate issues since age eleven. By sixteen, she was already a trainer and organizer for the Sierra Student Coalition’s week-long grassroots organizing camp where she inspired, taught, and collaborated with fellow youth on leadership organizing and activism skills. Her background includes work with Our Children’s Trust, iMatter, and 350.org.
Kelsey deferred her fall semester of college in order to participate in the Great March for Climate Action, marching 1,600 miles from Nebraska to Washington, D.C. urging climate action from world leaders...us! The march brought her to the People’s Climate March in NYC and Flood Wall Street, as well as an opportunity to testify at the People’s Climate Summit.
Mercy Carpenter | Ohio & New York, USA
Mercy is a trained peer educator at the Center for Anti-Violence Education, where she helped launch an online LGBTQ youth self-defense toolkit. She helped organize a street harassment summit with the Coalition for Gender Equality in Schools and spent a summer working with Groundswell, a nonprofit organization that facilitates mural-making projects designed and painted by underrepresented groups.
That same summer, Mercy received a position at a summer leadership retreat hosted by Generation Waking Up. She has also been an Arts & Activism fellow with the Willie Mae Rock Camp, where she taught an arts and justice curriculum.
Mercy continues to use art in order to inspire healing and justice. She is presently a member of BATALA, an all-female Afro-Brazilian drum troupe.
Victoria Barrett | New York, USA
New Yorker Victoria Barrett participated in the COP21 United Nations climate summit in Paris on behalf of the Alliance for Climate Education. She is a plaintiff in the lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust against the United States government for failing to act to protect our climate for future generations. She has spoken to media outlets and the general public on the importance of protecting our climate in the pursuit of social justice. Additionally, Victoria is a member of the 2016 RYSE Youth Council and most recently addressed the United Nations General Body on Earth Day, including more than 150 heads of state, before the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.
Aidan Ferris | Colorado, USA
Aidan, 22, has been working to educate and inspire those around her to take action on climate change since she was 15 years old. She received a degree in Environmental Science at SUNY Ulster County Community College, where she revived the college's environmental club and served as the club's president for two years. She worked on a campaign for her school to adopt environmentally sustainable practices and because of this received the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Student Leadership.
Aidan's past projects include Project Chicanti - an initiative to buy 100 acres of old growth forest to add to an existing nature reserve on Cerro Chucanti in Panama, and community initiatives to prevent water privatization and Niagara Bottling Company's plans to build a bottling facility using water from local sources.
With the better part of a decade's experience working with children, Aidan is passionate in her mission to teach the future generations how to be caretakers of this earth. With this goal in mind, she co-founded Earth Guardians NY. Since starting a crew, Aidan has spoken at public hearings and participated in direct actions, bringing the voice of the youth to the table. She seeks to empower youth around the world to use their passions to make a difference locally and globally. Aidan was a part of the EG COP21 Youth Delegation and has led several workshops with Earth Guardians focusing on climate justice solutions that youth can bring into their communities. As the Global Crew Director she supports crews worldwide and works to create connection and collaboration within the Earth Guardians network.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Colorado, USA
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 16 year old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began 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. He is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians an organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and working together to create positive concrete action in their communities to address climate change. He is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Obama administration for their failure to protect the atmosphere and their future. He has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained and moratoriums on fracking in his state. He has traveled across the nation and to many parts of the world educating his generation about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspiring them into action to protect the Earth. His movement has grownglobally as youth lead Earth Guardian crews, working on the frontline to combat climate change. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO and many more. In 2013, 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. He is the 2015 recipient of the Peace First Prize and the recipient 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award. Bill Mckibben of 350.org calls Xiuhtezcatl "an impressive spokesman for a viewpoint the world needs to hear.”