11-Year-Old Takes Vow of Silence Until World Leaders Act on Climate Change

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!

Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez

Learn more at Climate Silence Now!

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.”

If you appreciate the sacrifice Itzcuauhtli is making to combat climate change, if you find inspiration in his action, please share the original links to his story and websites.

Written by
JoAnn Chateau
  • Reblogged this on Voices from the Margins and commented:
    Thank you for sharing this amazing story of heroism and hope, JoAnn. The work these youth do is deeply touching and inspiring – it gives me hope for the future and a reason for doing whatever I can to be part of the solution.

  • Reblogged this on easyecoliving and commented:
    It’s things like this that solidify the fact that we, as human beings, should not trash the Earth. Here are two young people who are so aware of the importance of the environment. They are in the rising generations, and they are begging the adults and the world leaders to not trash the Earth so they too can have somewhere clean, healthy, and beautiful to live; just as we had somewhere to live.

    Leave the Earth better than how you found it.

JoAnn Chateau

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