Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and 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 in New York. He has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained, and moratoriums on fracking in his state, and is currently a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations.

Xiuhtezcatl 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 youth into action to protect the Earth. His message has inspired youth to join the front lines combating the environmental crisis, as well as form Earth Guardian crews in over 30 countries. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, Bill Maher, Skavlan, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and 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, recipient of the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award, 2016 Captain Planet Award and the 2016 Children's Climate Prize in Sweden.  Bill Mckibben of 350.org calls Xiuhtezcatl "an impressive spokesman for a viewpoint the world needs to hear.”  

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Music

Xiuhtezcatl and his sister, Isa, are conscious hip-hop artists and activists who write and produce music to tell the stories of the movements and issues facing the world from the perspective of young ambitious musicians. This music brings movements to the masses, written to inspire people to pursue their passions and use art as a form of resistance to create change, battle oppression, bring people together, and tell their stories. They have spoken and performed in the United Nations and at events, colleges, conferences, and music festivals worldwide. Isa released her first album, "Life Lines," in 2014 and Xiuhtezcatl released his first album, "Generation RYSE," in collaboration with Earth Guardians in 2015.

Collaborating with and performing on stages with artists like Nahko Bear, Trevor Hall, Flobots, Jurassic 5, Rising Appalachia, Raury, and many more has given this brother and sister duo the platform to launch their music careers, touring to use music to make a difference and inspire conscious revolution!

Xiuhtezcatl's debut solo album "Break Free," which features Isa's vocal mastery and Xiuhtezcatl's lyrical flow, will be released in the spring of 2017. 

 

Presentations

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Roots Of Revolution

Finding your way in a world where the planet is collapsing, revolution is on the horizon, and youth are rising with the oceans to lead the movements that will shape our future.  

My generation was born into rapidl changing world. We are facing total systemic collapse on nearly every level our planet, temperatures are escalating and oceans are rising as violent weather patterns devastate the world my generation will inherit. 

But Youth around the world are standing up and joining hearts and hands against some of the most powerful industries in the world to build a resilient movement and communities to over come this crisis.  Never before has their ever been such an intergenerational opportunity to shape the world we eserve to inherit and ant to leave uture generations! 

Roots of Revolution is an eye opening presentation that inspires you to stand up and take action to protect all that you love! 

 

“The Inconvenient Proof” The Hidden Impacts of Fracking

Xiuhtezcatl had been fighting Fracking in Colorado since he was 11 years old.  He has been trained to give this presentation by one of the top Fracking experts in the country. He helped close down a county commissioners meeting, helped get a ban on Fracking in Boulder, and a five year moratorium on Fracking in Boulder County.  He is suing the COGCC - Colorado Oil and Gas Commission for not protecting Colorado against the threats of Fracking and has gotten National coverage for his efforts. In this presentation he combines his knowledge on the dangers of Fracking with his personal journey to stop the industry from destroying the resources that future generations depend on to thrive.  

 

Cultural Presentation

Xiuhtezcatl– deeply rooted in the Aztec tradition– shares his indigenous wisdom and the importance of staying connected to our cultures.  He shares about how his connection with the natural world has influenced him as a young leader, and how important it will be to return to a sacred way of living on the earth. He delves into disappearing cultures around the world, the loss of languages and ancient teachings that could be important guides for turning the tides in the crisis we now face.  His presentation reveals the fact that we are all indigenous to somewhere - the sacred Earth.  By acknowledging our interconnectedness his audiences realize that what we do in one part of the world ultimately affects all. The journey we must begin is one of healing ourselves so that we can heal our earth. 

 

Publicity

 
“Xiuhtezcatl is a vital voice for our time. Combining art and creativity with passion, commitment, and clarity, he represents as well as models what it is to be the change our world and planet need. He speaks powerfully from and connects deeply with both the mind and the heart. I am in awe of who Xiuhtezcatl is and all he has already done at such a young age. No matter our age or background, we can all learn from him.”
- Julia Butterfly Hill
"There are very few young people who have put so much time and effort into educating themselves and taking action on behalf of the youth of the world. Xiuhtezcatl's voice is one of a generation in peril, his environmental knowledge and commitment to halting Climate Change are unparalleled. We must take heed, we must listen to what he has to tell us about what the young and those unborn are asking of us all. We can hear from Xiuhtezcatl what we can do today for those who are yet to come." Mark Ruffalo

"When Xiuhtezcatl takes the stage, people immediately stand in awe at his powerful message, then they inevitably start grooving to his amazing lyrics.  This is the kind of young man we need to make changes in our world and he does it in an engaging and genuine manner. – Ryan Van Duzer

“Hearing Xiuhtezcatl share his experiences as an environmental activist is a testament to the fact that young people are not the so-called future – they are the agents of change of today. Xiuhtezcatl speaks with immense conviction and his insights are an inspiration to all ages.” – UNICEF "Voice of Youth" Team

Awards & Accomplishments

2016 Children's Climate Prize

2016 Captain Planet Young Superhero Award

2015 Peace First Prize Award

2015 Nickolodean Halo Award

2014 Peace Prize First Award Finalist

2014 Brower Award FInalist

2013 Presidential Youth Council member

2013 Young Indigenous Warriors Award

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

2013 International Giraffe Award

2013 Runner-up - Gloria Barron Prize

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