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The 14-Year-Old Voice of the Climate Change Generation

The 14-Year-Old Voice of the Climate Change Generation
This post first appeared at In These Times. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 14, is on a crusade to stop climate change. (Photo: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez) ‘This problem is happening so humanity can come together, rebuild, reconnect, recreate and rebirth a new world.’ When other kids were experiencing the travails of first grade, 6-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez was concerned about threats to the world’s ecosystem. Martinez, now 14, is the youth director of the nonprofit environmental organization Earth Guardians and one of the youngest people to speak on a United Nations panel. Martinez, a resident of Boulder, Colorado, credits his worldview to the Aztec teachings of his father and the environmental activism of his mother. In October, in his keynote address to the 2014 National Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California, he told the assembled crowd, “In the light of a collapsing world, what better time to be born than now? In These Times spoke to Martinez about how to stop climate change.

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Earth Guardians - Standing up for the Earth, Water, Air Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 13 year old indigenous environmental activist from Boulder, Colorado, came into the world through the Aztec culture on his father's side, and environmental activism on his mother's side. His name was chosen by Aztec elders of Mexico based on the cosmology of the Aztec calendar and given to him when he was six weeks old in the Black Hills of South Dakota by elders Arvol Looking Horse and Xolotl Martinez. Xiuhtezcatl has been participating in ceremonies and Aztec dancing since he could walk, and is very connected with his culture. He grew up learning to respect and care for the Earth and all life upon it. His deep connection with the Earth inspired him to become a voice for protecting the Earth at a young age, giving his first speech at a climate change rally when he was six years old (see

Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, 14, wants to save the world BOULDER — Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is only 14 years old, but already he's a seasoned superstar in the world of political and environmental activists. Enter his name — an Aztec word pronounced "Shu-TEZ-caht" — on a search engine, and nearly 5,000 results pop up. He has given TED talks about his work as a leader of Earth Guardians, a worldwide organization of conservation-minded children and young adults. Last fall, he was invited to speak about the global water crisis at the United Nations. His "What the Frack" hip-hop video, a catchy anti-fracking song, has more than 2,000 views. Roske-Martinez, with mom-activist Tamara Roske, says he's been criticized for his views, "but this is why I speak on issues that directly determine the kind of world we will inherit."

Teens Sue Government for Failing to Address Climate Change for Future Generations Many young people feel they have too much at stake to wait for our leaders to get their act together and take meaningful action on climate change. In the words of one young climate activist, Alec Loorz, we need to demand our political leaders “govern as if our future matters.” With their future at stake, many youth have taken their case to the courts in the hopes that the judiciary will require the legislature to take action. “We are all in imminent danger,” Loorz, who founded the nonprofit Kids vs. Global Warming, told Outside Magazine. “Scientists have said we have 10 years to make changes if we want to stabilize the climate by 2100—and that was back in 2005 … We care more about money and power than we do about future generations.

Learn to Draw - Graphite Pencil Drawing Tutorial. Work In Progress - Step-by-Step Title: "Inner Beauty" Size: 18" x 14" Medium: Charcoal, Graphite, Carbon on White Paper Step One: If you are unfamiliar with the use of frisket film, here's a video that will explain it for you: Step Two: Next, I blended the charcoal with a piece of felt and added the beginnings of wood grain.

Climate Change Floods. Droughts. Heat waves. Teen Activist Walks Across America for Climate Action Are you tired of hearing how apathetic young people are? Then listen to Kelsey Juliana. Her parents met in ’90s while protesting logging in Oregon’s old-growth forests, and she’s a chip off the old blocks. Now 18, she’s a plaintiff in a lawsuit to force Oregon to act to reduce carbon emissions that are driving climate change. She’ll be in New York City for the People’s Climate March but she’s in the midst of a longer walk. She’s joined other environmental activists in the Great March for Climate Action, which stepped off in Los Angeles on March 1 and winds up in Washington D.C. on Nov. 1.

Surfers worry climate change is hitting their waves SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Surfing first came to California in 1885. Three Hawaiian princes introduced the sport to Santa Cruz by riding simple boards made from California redwoods. Surfing has changed a lot since then. Today, surfers check satellite weather forecasts on their cellphones before heading out to catch waves. The biggest change to California surfing, though, may not be the surfers. Mo'ne Davis, Throw #LikeAGirl  If anyone has reshaped what it means to throw like a girl it is Mo'ne Davis. Recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and applauded by a growing national fan base (including WNBA player Brittney Griner), the 12-year-old athlete has done her fair share to shake off the hater-ade surrounding the usage of the phrase "like a girl." A recent Facebook post by Philly's own news legend, Monica Malpass, conveys our sentiment of awe. Malpass calls her an inspiration as Mo'ne is hailed as the first girl in the Little League World Series to pitch a shutout.

Climate change: the effects on ocean animals The “poster child” for global warming is the polar bear. But many other animals are already feeling the effects of global climate change on the oceans. Find out about the changing climate's impact on the earth’s population of sea turtles, right whales, penguins, seals, lobsters, and cod. The Arctic’s top predator, the polar bear, is affected both by the reduction in sea ice and by reduced stocks of its primary food, the ringed seal. Polar bears use sea ice as a platform for hunting their prey and for resting. They catch adult seals when they come up through the holes in the sea ice and search out the snow-covered ice caves of seal pups. Polar bears find themselves between an iceberg and a hard place Koda, the 10-year-old male polar bear at the Pittsburgh Zoo, emerges from a cubbyhole atop the exhibit he shares with 14-year-old Kobe. He steps out to a nearby ledge, swinging his head from side to side. Then he backs into the cubbyhole, head still weaving. A moment later, he comes back out to start the pattern over again.

Rally breaks silence on bullying - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram A Portland crowd voices support for gay, lesbian and other youths who face harassment. PORTLAND – More than two dozen people gathered in Monument Square despite the cold and wind Saturday to speak up during the Breaking the Silence rally. The event, organized by the youth of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Southern Maine and the Gay Straight Alliance, came a day after the National Day of Silence.

Haiku on climate change condense a long report into its essence SEATTLE — The language of the United Nation's most recent international report on climate change is not exactly what you'd call poetic. The report is crammed with technical details about greenhouse gases, rising sea levels and our atmosphere. And it's not only dense, it's also extremely long: some 2,200 pages. Seattle oceanographer Gregory Johnson helped write the chapter on marine measurements.