Arts & Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Earth Guardians Youth Director Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (his first name pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’) is an indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age of six Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world, from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York city. He has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained, and moratoriums on fracking in his state and is currently a lead plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future genera- tions.

” Music remains a strong tool to understand oppression and combat it. Its ability to reach so many people who wouldn’t other - wise get the message makes music a pow - erful avenue for creating change. We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building A Movement That Restores the Planet (2018) , pg 31 ”

Xiuhtezcatl and his sister, Isa, are conscious hip-hop artists and activists who write and produce music to tell the stories of the movements and issues facing the world from the perspective of young ambitious musicians.

Xiuhtezcatl – deeply rooted in the Aztec tradition– shares his indigenous wisdom and the importance of staying connected to our cultures.

He shares about how his connection with the natural world has influenced him as a young leader, and how important it will be to return to a sacred way of living on the

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earth. He delves into disappearing cultures around the world, the loss of languages and ancient teachings that could be important guides for turn- ing the tides in the crisis we now face.

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