A film by Earth Guardians.

Ever since he was a kid, indigenous environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has understood that all life is sacred and “each and every one of us is deeply connected not only to each other but to the world around us.” At 6-years-old, he watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary “The 11th Hour” and recognized that climate change was happening and that he had to do more. Now a teenager, Xiuthezcatl is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, inspiring youth to understand their role as caretakers of the Earth. Earth Guardians stand up for the Earth, Water, Air, and Atmosphere so that current generations and those that follow will inherit a healthy and habitable planet. Now Earth Guardian crews are on 6 different continents and creating real change, including lawsuits demanding climate recovery plans, acting as part of Generation RYSE.


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  • Joelle

    Not everything is lost when young people care .this is inspiring I wish all young and older follow

  • Rachel Lashbrook

    What an incredible inspiration!! His energy is so inspiring and uplifting.

  • Marian Call

    That someone so young can inspire those of us who are older to join in and help with these serious environmental issues. He has hope even after what has been done to destroy his heritage.

  • meetakshi maheshwari

    'now' really is an important time. crucial too.... inspiring and heart warming to see teens on stage sharing not just their concern but active engagement!!! god bless us all :) we need to get sane!!!

  • Peter Kingham

    A powerful speech, well delivered by a young Lady with passion about the World we live on. She got what she deserves. A Standing Ovation. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • nicole

    First of all, I loved how much of his heritage is instilled in him creating such a passion to protect his heritage. His closing statement was amazing...he completely saw outside the box regarding his generation and turned the perspective into such a positive outlook. I loved it.

  • steve zimmett

    The film 11th hour I did not know it existed. You can watch the entire film on youtube. I just wish every one would view this video. Its quite a shame what our plane is going through

  • Brian

    Peace on Earth...thanks for caring Xiuthezcatl! Be encouraged in your expression. Definitely the energy of a Hiphop artist! Right on Brotha Man...1world...peace

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  • Learn more about the work of Earth Guardians and how you can get involved.
  • For more inspiration, watch this video of young environmental activist Severn Suzuki, "The Girl Who Silenced the UN".
  • Commit to an everyday action or a shift you can make to support the health of the planet. Start by joining the 21 Day Eco-Footprint Challenge on Earth Day, April 22.

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