Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez

Age: 17, Hometown: Boulder, CO

"Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The actions those in power take and decisions they make today, will determine the kind of world future generations inherit."

Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced "Shu-TEZ-caht") is a hip-hop artist, activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians, a "tribe of young activists, artists, and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and co-creating the future we know is possible." Raised in the Aztec tradition, and deeply connected to his home mountains and rivers of Colorado, Xiuhtezcatl draws on a deep connection to Earth in his performance and speaking, which has taken him on tour around the world: from classrooms to music festivals to the United Nations. Since he was 6 years old he has been a fierce advocate for environmental protection, and he is also a plaintiff in our Colorado fracking lawsuit. 2017 has been busy for Xiuhtezcatl, with a forthcoming album of original compositions, "Break Free," and book "We Rise." You can read a longer bio on his website. 

Xiuhtezcatl speaks outside the US Supreme Court, April 27, 2017. Photo: Robin Loznak

Xiuhtezcatl speaks outside the US Supreme Court, April 27, 2017. Photo: Robin Loznak