Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 17, is a climate activist, hip-hop artist and author. At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world, from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York City.
Xiuhtezcatl has been educating his generation about the state of the planet they we are all inheriting. His message has inspired youth to join the front lines to combat some of the greatest issues of our times that are impacting our communities and our future. Earth Guardians has grown to hundreds of youth-led crews and has been featured in National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, Aljazeera, The Guardian, Vogue, Bill Maher, The Daily Show, Skavlan, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, VICE, and many more.
Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President's youth council. He is the 2015 recipient of the Peace First Prize, recipient of the 2015 Nickelodeon Halo Award, 2016 Captain Planet Award, the 2016 Children's Climate Prize from Sweden, as well as the 2017 Univision Premio’s Ajente de Cambio Award.