These folks make it possible for the Earth Guardians to do what they do best. From office maintenance and taking out the compost to brainstorming and campaign support, this team works behind the scenes to make the movement move.
Tamara Rose, Executive Director & "Chief mama"
Tamara is the mother of six beautiful children who are actively involved in Earth Guardians. She is the founder and executive director of Earth Guardians and the soul behind many of its projects. In 1992, she co-founded and directed the Earth Guardian Community Resource Center, an accredited experiential learning high school in Maui, Hawaii, where she successfully directed her vision to bring environmental awareness, cultural involvement, and positive change to youth. She has taught environmental education and has organized youth outreach programs and cross-cultural programs focused on earth restoration for the past 20 years. Tamara is now guiding the third generation of Earth Guardian youth leaders into environmental activism and leadership.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director
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.”
Russell Mendell, campaign director
Russell– a writer, musician and community organizer– is focused on merging art and activism to inspire youth participation in climate solutions. Russell was moved to action after witnessing the water contamination near fossil fuel extraction sites. This led him to assist with water catchment construction and water deliveries from the Amazon to Northeast Pennsylvania. He was previously the Outreach Director for Frack Action and Water Defense, actor Mark Ruffalo’s nonprofit. Most recently, Russell was the Campaign Director for Frack Free Colorado, a nonprofit focused on making the transition from fracked gas to renewable energy. He has co-organized dozens of concerts and events for social and environmental causes. Russell is working to nurture the symbiotic relationship between art, music and climate solutions.
Aidan Ferris, Protect Our Future Project Coordinator
Aidan Ferris, an environmental solutionary from Phoenicia, New York, works to educate and inspire those around her to take action on climate change. With the better part of a decade’s experience working with children, Aidan is enthusiastic in her mission to teach future generations how to be the caretakers of the Earth. With this goal in mind, she co-founded Earth Guardians NY with Rachel Marco-Havens. Since then 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 both locally and globally. Aidan was a part of the Earth Guardians COP21 Youth Delegation in Paris, France and has led several workshops with Earth Guardians focusing on climate justice solutions that youth can bring into their communities. As the Protect Our Future Project Coordinator she supports crews and individuals worldwide to take on action oriented projects under the Protect Our Future educational campaign. Aidan works to create tangible, fun and meaningful projects for our worldwide network to impliment in their communities.
Michaela Mujica-Steiner, DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Michaela grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and became involved with organizing in college through her work on two fossil fuel divestment campaigns at Fort Lewis College and Northern Arizona University. Throughout college, she was also engaged with 350.org, from being a fellow in the Fossil Free Fellowship to being a mentor in their Training Corp Program. She has played multiple roles in the Divestment Student Network, including being the co-founder of the Southwest Divestment Network as a regional organizer and being on the Long-term Strategy Team, helping to determine the long-term trajectory of the organization. After graduating from college this past May, she worked for 350 Action as the Colorado Statewide Organizer, working on ballot initiatives to prevent fracking in Colorado and working on Get Out the Vote during the election. In her free time, Michaela enjoys going out with friends, free form dance, cooking dinner with her housemates, and being outdoors.
ROBIN EDEN, COLORADO REGIONAL coordinator
Robin Eden is a mother, mixed media artist, permaculture designer/teacher, and event coordinator. Her mission in life is to bring generations together to ponder and grasp our essential connection with natural systems. She works to inspire people to take action through a combination of logical design practices and creative solutions.
Robin has worked extensively as an event organizer; some of her past work includes organizing cultural arts & ecological events, film-screenings, natural building workshops, and permaculture design courses. In addition, Robin is an ecological consultant/designer for FLOWS, Boulder Edible Landscapes Committee, and Boulder Shambhala Center. She also collaborates with CU Environmental Center to organize the Front Range Bioneers Conference at the University. She is co-founder of Regenerative Lifestyles, whose core mission is to create a community center and eco-tourist education facility.
Robin's work with Earth Guardians involves leading the local Boulder Earth Guardians Crew, collaborating with other local Colorado crews, planning youth events, and managing our Soil For Life campaign.
Mensa Tsedze, Africa Regional Coordinator
Mensa Kwami TSEDZE, Regional Director of Earth Guardians Africa, is a young activist from Togo who is passionate about environment and sustainable development. He committed himself very early with local and international organizations to act on the ground and also learn by connecting to the global networks.
Holding a BSc in Animal Biology and Physiology from the University of Lomé in Togo in his native country, Mensa also attended several certified courses such as Diplomacy and Global Issues, Human Rights and Dignity, Project Management and Others. Prior to joining Earth Guardians, Mensa was a country director of various organizations in Togo such as Earth Charter Youth, Youth Climate Report, World Youth Alliance, Iduka. He was a Tigweb online volunteer, and co-founded IDEAS for Togo. Former TUNZA eco-generation ambassador to west Africa, Mensa represented his country at the UNEP World Youth Summit on the Environment in 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. In the same year, he played a key role in organizing the TUNZA Africa summit in Togo. Mensa was delegated of his country and university to the World Student in the Environment Summit in South Africa in 2014 and also attended the prestigious One Young World conference in Dublin, Ireland in the same year. In 2016, Mensa and his team planted more than 14,000 trees across Togo. He was aparty delegate of his country at COP 22. Apart from his ecological passion, and everything related to the development of the African continent, Mensa loves football, music, and traveling