The mission of Earth Guardians is to empower young people by providing them with leadership opportunities and tools to bring their innovative solutions to the world's most pressing issues.
Earth Guardians began as an accredited high school in Maui, Hawaii in 1992, focusing on environmental awareness and action in its core curriculum. Students studied the history of social movements and took action to restore sandalwood forests and shut down the toxic practice of burning sugar cane. The school became recognized throughout the Hawaiian Islands and beyond, with the Dalai Lama presenting the Children's Torch of Hope to twenty-five Earth Guardian students.
Seeing the need to empower and give voice to a wider audience prompted Earth Guardians to relocate to Colorado in 1997 and engage more young people in programs to empower and amplify their voice. Earth Guardians began teaching youth about the involvement in political action and activism, working to stop the spraying of pesticides in public parks, establishing an environmental fee on plastic bags, advocating for municipalizing Boulder's energy grid, and helping to achieve a moratorium on fracking. Earth Guardians received a great deal of press and attention for local actions, allowing the organization to expand into national and international work.
Now with thousands of engaged youth on six continents, Earth Guardians has given youth a voice and direction worldwide in order to become effective leaders and make measurable change in their communities. Earth Guardians is developing the resources to build a stronger collaborative network and cultivate this large wave of youth engagement.
The Story of Earth Guardians
FIRST GENERATION EARTH GUARDIANS:
This video is from the 1st generation of Earth Guardians and highlights the "Children's Torch of Hope Tour" where the Earth Guardians traveled to high profile events in 29 states and ended in the United Nations.
THIRD GENERATION EARTH GUARDIANS:
SECOND GENERATION EARTH GUARDIANS:
This video is of the 2nd Generation of Earth Guardians and highlights an EG event organized with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is not your average kid. Dubbed the 'Anti-Bieber,' he is mobilizing teens across the planet to demand greener policy from our world's leaders. Under the banner of Earth Guardians, Xiuhtezcatl has begun mobilizing young badasses around the planet to become the ones we've been waiting for - a global collective of youth leadership to defend the planet.