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An evening with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez ‘Why I sued the American government”
Teen hip-hop environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl makes his debut in Australia
Displaying a wisdom far beyond his years, Xiuhtezcatl 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 and shifting human consciousness.
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. Xiuhtezcatl feels compelled to stand up and speak out for his generation, whom he refers to as not just tomorrow’s leaders but leaders of today, strong enough to start a lawsuit against the Obama administration.
“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.”
While his youth might be viewed as some as a handicap, Xiuhtezcatl embraces it as a weapon in his arsenal. “As young people we have the advantage that the world will listen to us more so than adults because we’re vulnerable and we’re innocent.” His activism also draws on his Aztec heritage, which taught him to give back to the earth through music and dance, and to see the connections between the living planet and the daily decisions that we make.