Earth Guardians will be unable to join us at WorldFest 2016.
“The brothers have produced songs like “What the Frack?” and “Speak for the Trees” to deliver these messages in a way that is fun and accessible for other young adults.” – Huffington Post
“As Xiuhtezcatl told CNN, “We are in this because of the way it affects the state of the planet we want to be left with. That is the most noble cause I’d say: Leaving our children a better planet than the one we are living in today. We are doing our part. We need political leaders to step up and do theirs.” – TEENVogue
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (pronounced Shu-tez-caht) 15 years old and his brother Itzcuauhtli Martinez (pronounced Eat-squat-lee) are indigenous environmental activist’s, eco hip-hop artist’s and public speakers from Boulder, Colorado. They have been speaking to crowds at conferences, schools and demonstrations from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations New York.
They are Youth Directors 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 concrete action in their communities to address climate change. They use original eco hiphop music to educate and inspire their generation into action. Xiuhtezcatl is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Obama administration for their failure to protect the atmosphere and their future. They have worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained and moratoriums on fracking in his state.
They have traveled across the nation and to many parts of the world educating their generation about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspiring them into action to protect the Earth. Their movement has grown to over 700 teen Earth Guardian crews globally working on the frontline to combat climate change. Their work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Upworthy, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO 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 also the 2015 recipient of the Peace First Prize and the recipient 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award. Bill Mckibben of 350.org calls Xiuhtezcatl “an impressive spokesman for a viewpoint the world needs to hear.”