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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez  

Youth Director, Earth Guardians

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is youth director of Earth Guardians. A 16-year-old indigenous climate and environmental activist and hip-hop artist, he began speaking around the world at the age of six, including at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit and United Nations General Assembly. Martinez has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, on state-level fracking moratoriums, and among the youth suing the federal government for failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations. Martinez served on President Obama’s youth council and received the 2013 US Community Service Award, the 2015 Peace First Prize, the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award, 2016 Captain Planet Award, and the 2016 Children’s Climate Prize in Sweden.

His first name is pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’ and he's a 17-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.

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