"My name is Itzcuauhtli (Eat-Squat-Lee) and I am a 12-year-old indigenous eco hip-hop activist with the Earth Guardians. Over the past year I've learned more about the urgency of our climate crisis and I worry about the kind of world my generation will be left with if we don't cap carbon emissions and switch to clean, safe, renewable energy.
I have been traveling for months to perform at climate change and environmental conferences across the US. At these conferences I've been listening to some of the top experts and scientists talking about the fact that it's game over for the planet if carbon is not capped in the next year. We have already reached a tipping point and are feeling the impacts of climate change across the planet. Oceans are acidifying, eco systems are collapsing, and we are seeing bigger storms and disasters across the planet, displacing people and destroying homes. We are in the midst of the greatest mass extinction since the dinosaur age.
I have been hearing the facts for years, but this time was different. Some of my heroes like Van Jones, Bill Mckibben, David Orr, and James Hansen are saying that we are at a crossroads and have to act NOW!
I was sitting in the Newark Airport after performing at the Omega Conference with my family getting ready to return to Colorado and I thought, what does it matter anyway if I go to school or go to college and learn all this stuff, if there is not going to be a world worth living in? A world where there will be more and more climate refugees from rising sea levels and people suffering from droughts and floods and famine. That's when I thought, I have to do something drastic to change the outcome of our future. What can I do as one person to help change the direction we are headed?