Citizen Action Monitor

Wise beyond his years, it’s hard to believe this indigenous rising star of the youth activist movement is just 14

Watch this video of Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director, Earth Guardians

No 1265 Posted by fw, February 19, 2015

In a recent post. I referred to creating a self worth having, best done by considering one’s place in the biosphere as a whole. In this context, 14-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is well on his way to creating a self worth having.

Following this 5-minute video is an abridged article about RYSE (Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth), of which the young Martinez is a leading member. And don’t miss the SEE ALSO link at the bottom of this post to an article by Martinez in which he shares 8 reasons why he is optimistic about the climate movement in 2015.



RYSE: Activating the Youth-Led Climate Movement

My name is Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and I am an indigenous eco hip hop activist and the Youth Director of Earth Guardians. As a 14-year-old growing up in Colorado, I’ve seen the effects of climate change firsthand. Youth from around the world know that climate change is the defining issue of our time, and our generation will be the most affected. Many of us feel despair when it comes to dealing with climate change because we don’t know where to start. We are ready to contribute to the solution, we just need the tools, confidence and momentum to get started.

The Opportunity

Our schools are not offering us the kind of education we need to deal with the world we are going to be left with. RYSE (Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth) a project of Earth Guardians will train young solutionaries to take a leadership role in the climate movement instead of waiting for others to lead. RYSE trainings will give youth the tools, skills and support to implement sustainable projects and transform their communities. This is an opportunity for youth to turn fear and despair about the kind of world they are inheriting into momentum and progress. Your contribution will help over 500 youth become active climate leaders.

The Vision

  • Empowered young leaders will lead projects, campaigns, and collective actions that disrupt the global leadership status quo. We will prove that our generation is not interested in waiting for others to take action. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
  • We will share our progress at the UN Climate Talks in Paris in December of 2015, demonstrating that we will protect our future no matter what. Our message to world leaders: JOIN US!

RYSE Councils

The RYSE Youth Council is made up of 13 exceptional youth leaders from diverse backgrounds We are still welcoming applications for the Youth Council.

The Youth Council will develop their skills as organizers, facilitators, and community leaders while working together as the principal decision makers for the RYSE movement.

The RYSE Wisdom Council is made up of 13 seasoned leaders and activists from diverse geographic, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. With experience in arts, sciences, social justice, movement-building, and climate solutions, this multifaceted council will support the youth-led shift toward a healthy, just and sustainable planet.



It’s not just our signatures; it’s our actions that will make the difference. …I am working with an amazing council of young solutionaries from across the nation to help make this shift happen. Our project is called RYSE (Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth) and it is building the youth-led, movement toward climate solutions. In communities across the U.S., RYSE will be hosting climate solution activation sessions and implementing projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Join the Earth Guardians in creating thischange. You can support the project by clicking here.

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