Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Biography
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an indigenous environmental activist, hip-hop artist and youth director of Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organization.
He is one of the 21 plaintiffs involved in the Juliana vs United States case, suing the federal government for failing to act on climate change.
Also, he is one of the seven plaintiffs involved in the Martinez vs Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission lawsuit, whose aim is the same as that of Juliana v. United States but on a state level.
He is the youth director of Earth Guardians, a Colorado non-profit environmental organization committed to protecting the water, air, earth, and atmosphere and has organized and spoken at more than 100 rallies, actions, demonstrations and events around the globe on issues directly destroying ecosystem and endangering communities.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Age
He was born on May 9, 2000, in the United States. He is 23 years old as of 2023.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Parents
His father’s name in Siri Martinez and his mother’s name is Tamara Roske. His mother is the Executive Director of Earth Guardians, a worldwide organization of conservation-minded children and young adults. He has two younger siblings, a sister called Tonantzin and a brother called Itzcuauhtli.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Ted Talk
He has given TED talks, as a teenager, and he was invited to speak before the United Nations on environmental policy.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Book
He wrote the book We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement That Restores the Planet – 2017.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Songs | Music
From his Album called We Rise – We Rise – The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement That Restores the Planet (Unabridged), there are the following songs just to mention a few;
- Break Free
- One Day
- Indigenous Roots – We are all Indigenous to the Earth
- Eyes On Me
- I Stand
- Boombox Warfare
- Sage Up
- Blu Ink
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Tour | 2019
- Tuesday, April 02 – The Depot
Salt Lake City, Ut
- Thursday, April 04 – The Observatory North Park
San Diego, CA
- Friday, April 05 – Brooklyn Bowl
- Saturday, April 06 – The Observatory
Santa Ana, CA
- Sunday, May 26 – California Roots Music & Arts
- Friday, July 19 – Nothern Nights Music Festival
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Climate Change
In 2015, Martinez and 21 other youths filed a lawsuit against the US Federal government, Juliana et al. The plaintiffs also included parties from the fossil fuel industry as defendants in the lawsuit but said parties were removed as defendants during pre-trial proceedings.
The lawsuit was launched while Obama was still in office, but in 2017 the plaintiffs substituted Trump’s name for that of the former president. In 2018, he and 13 other youths filed another lawsuit, this time against the state government of Washington.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Un Speech
There are moments in our lives that help shape the way we see our world. They shift our perspectives and help us understand our immense potential to define our future. The first 17 years of my life have led me to believe that everything happens for a reason.
Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel at all phased as I looked out into the audience of world leaders from more than 100 nations. I’d been given a stage at a pivotal moment in history, and I saw the world needed fresh perspectives if we wanted to make real progress on climate solutions.
We’ve spent the last 20 years pointing the finger and passing off responsibility. We are in a place where we can’t afford to wait for others to solve this problem for us. We have all the tools we need…the only thing missing is the will to help us get there.
My name is Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’). I am 17 years old, and I’m doing everything I can to fight for change in a collapsing world. In 2015, I had just finished middle school, and the state of the climate was descending into chaos.
That year, global temperatures were the hottest in recorded history, sea levels had reached an all-time high, and greenhouse gases had never been more present in our atmosphere. Climate scientists worldwide were alarmed by how much faster the ice caps were melting than previously projected.
In response, world leaders were preparing to meet in Paris for the most important conversation on climate in our history. This was the COP 21 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and we weren’t about to let our voices be excluded from this pivotal moment in history.
In the climate movement, we talk a lot about tipping points, and we know that we’re running out of time to act before climate change becomes irreversible.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Quotes
- “We felt as though we had a responsibility to do something about it. So, we did.”
- “At the least, we should leave flowers, at the least we should leave songs.”
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Interview
Rapper Activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Reveals Origins Of Shailene Woodley Collaboration
Adapted From: hiphopdx.com
HipHopDX: What’s the story behind your new single “Young?” How did you link up with Shailene Woodley?
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Shailene has been my friend for a minute now. Nahko, the artist who is also featured on the track, dated Shay for a minute. They were really close friends and I met them together.
They came together to the Black Hills of South Dakota on a reservation to do a free benefit festival to support the reservation there and respect the sovereignty of the land.
So I met Shay there and she was in a music video that we shot out there when I was fourteen or fifteen. We totally connected. Amidst being a Hollywood actress, she also has the most beautiful and grounded mind and vision and wanting to do good and helping people and inspiring people.
She’s been a representative and ally in a lot of important movements. What she did in Standing Rock to bring more attention to it is very admirable. She’s just a homie; we became homies real quick. We are always figuring out more ways to get involved with each other’s work and uplift the message. “Young” was a really important issue and the state of youth in the world.
Looking at my friends and the people in my community that I love and care about and things that I have gone through personally and looking at how these issues of depression, suicide, self-harm, and substance abuse aren’t really talked about in Hip Hop often and how for me it was a raw and very real reflection of what people I love have been through and bringing that to the attention of the world, through this perspective of empowerment and making it relatable so people can break free and connect with that story.