Meet the 16 year old changemaker
“People will look at this generation as really the generation that was able to overcome one of the greatest issues that humanity has ever been faced with.”
Displaying a wisdom far beyond his years, Xiuhtezcatl (“Shu-tez-caht”) Martinez has been speaking on behalf of the planet since the tender age of six. Today still just a teenager, his extraordinary eloquence has moved audiences which include world leaders, Hollywood celebrities and other impassioned young people across continents who have joined his Earth Guardians activism movement. Through public speaking and hip-hop, Xiuhtezcatl is spreading his message about the climate emergency – and in 2017, he joins the Festival for a series of events.
Xiuhtezcatl feels compelled to stand up and speak out for his peers, whom he refers to as not just tomorrows leaders but leaders of today, strong enough to start a lawsuit against the Obama administration.
Xiuhtezcatl made headlines around the world when he stood before the UN Earth Summit in 2015. Opening his statement in Nahuatl, he went on with the fluency of a spoken word poet to stress the immediacy of climate change, its impact as an issue of human rights, and to lambast politicians for over 20 years of inaction. “We have to remember, we are all indigenous to this earth and that we are all connected”, he urged the delegates. “We are being called upon to use our courage, our innovation, our creativity and our passion to bring forth a new world.” Expect to be inspired, challenged and entertained by this impassioned young eco-warrior and musician.