About the Author
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age 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 is the youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young activists, artists, and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and working together to create positive change in their communities to address climate change and other important issues that will define our future.
He has traveled across the nation and to many parts of world educating his generation about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspiring them into action to protect the earth. His movement has grown to over 2,000 youth lead Earth Guardian crews globally working on the front lines to combat climate change. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, and many more. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.