Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez must have come out of the womb caring about the earth. He was six years old when he gave his first speech at a climate change rally. He was 12 when he addressed the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. In June 2015 the 15-year-old addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, asking world leaders from 193 countries to act together on behalf of the planet.
The self-described “indigenous, environmental, eco hip hop artist and activist” is mobilizing youth in 25 countries as youth director of Earth Guardians. He and his brother Itzcuauhtli inspire environmental action through presentations, hip-hop performances and demonstrations. At times they are joined by their sisters Isa Caress, Tonantzin and Jasmine. And they are joined by young people around the world who are not waiting for politicians and industry. They are acting now for the earth.
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