| The planet doesn’t need saving. We do, and this 14 year old is leading the charge
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05 May / The planet doesn’t need saving. We do, and this 14 year old is leading the charge

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14-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez calls himself an “indigenous, environmental, eco hip-hop artist activist.” Admirers call him the “Anti-Bieber.” And anyone who supports green policy and climate change awareness will likely call him a hero.

Despite his age, Martinez is a growing, influential voice in the climate change movement. The young Coloradoan has given TED Talks on his conservation efforts, addressed the United Nations on the global water crisis, and earned a 2013 United States Community Service award from President Obama. When he’s not trekking across the globe to rile up his socially-conscious youth generation, he’s at home producing anti-fracking rap videos. Martinez says he’s not waiting around for his elders to enact change. Promises are only promises. The future can be now. Kids, it turns out, are listening to him. Working with his organization Earth Guardians, Martinez is rallying teens from across 25 countries to demand greener policy from our world’s leaders.

“We’ve gotten threats from the oil and gas industry,” Martinez says in Kid Warrior, a short documentary profiling his pursuits. “Shit like that’s scary . My mom wouldn’t let me walk home from school for, like, the next two months. For me, it’s 14-year-old kid going up against a multimillion dollar industry who will stop at nothing to silence my voice. Weird shit happens when people start to tell the truth about big industries that take advantage of communities and take advantage of resources.”

Learn more about The Earth Guardians and their mission HERE