11-Year-Old Takes Vow of Silence Until World Leaders Act on Climate Change
Itzcuauhtli (pronounced: Eat-Squat-Lee) Roske-Martinez is taking a vow of silence until world leaders take action on climate change. Here’s his story in his own words:
My name is Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez and I am a 11 year old indigenous environmental hip hop activist from Boulder Colorado. I have been working with our organization Earth Guardians on climate change and other issues since I was 7 years old, because I am concerned about the kind of world I am going to be left with.
I just got back from two months of traveling to perform at climate change and environmental conferences across the U.S. At these conferences I’ve been listening to some of the top experts and scientists talking about the fact, that its game over for the planet if carbon is not capped in the next year. We have already reached a tipping point and are feeling the impacts of climate change across the planet. Oceans are acidifying, eco systems are collapsing and we are in the midst of the greatest mass extintion since the dinosaur age. Weather patterns are changing and we are seeing bigger storms and disasters across the planet, displacing people and destroying homes! Now as a 11 year old boy listening to this information, it hit me hard. I have been hearing the facts for years in my line of work, but this time was different! Some of my heroes that I have crossed paths with and have spoken at the same events in in the last year, like Van Jones, Bill Mckibben, David Orr, Vandana Shiva, James Hansen are saying we are at a crossroads and have to act NOW!
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Watch the video below to see the kind of environmental activist work Itzcuauhtli does with his older brother Xiuhtezcatl. They both belong to Earth Guardians, which is an organization that is “committed to standing up and defending the Earth, the Water, the Air and the Atmosphere so that our generation, and those to follow, will inherit a healthy and habitable planet.”
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