xiuhtezcatl martinez

12 years old, Colorado Plaintiff

""My generation is losing our forests. We are losing our homes. It’s not too late to ensure my generation has a livable future. But we need to listen to the science and act now.."  ~ Xiuhtezcatl

MY STORY.  I live in Boulder, CO and I am keenly aware that the future effects are only part of the story behind climate change because it is already affecting millions of people around the world, and my generation will be hurt the most.


I have always enjoyed playing and floating wooden boats in a stream near my house in Boulder, but the water levels have decreased over the past several years. And I know this is a result of how much we use fossil fuels. I love hiking and playing in forests near Colorado’s Brainard Lake but it makes me sad to visit there now because almost all of the pine trees are dead because of the pine beetles who don’t die in the winters because it just doesn’t get as cold as it used to.

My Concerns:

 

 

pine beetle killing trees
low snowfall
wildfires
heat and drought

​I have been an activist like my mother and father for all of my life.  I organize grassroots actions like protesting the coal power plant and advocating for renewable energy at my City Council.  And I perform rap songs in schools and speak at events all over Colorado.  I know my voice makes a difference.

 

My name is Xiuhtezcatl, I am 12 years old, and I matter.

My

Solutions:

 

#1

I realized that my story matters.

"My story is about my life in the mountains of Colorado, and the impacts of wildfires, pine beetle kill, and water issues in my community because of the climate crisis." Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

 

You can screen Xiuhtezcatl's video in your own community to start a discussion on climate change, and the resulting impacts on forests and water systems. Using the screening guide below, and other resources, your community can become more aware of the climate crisis. And do something about it.

Tell Your Story

Xiuhtezcatl's story is one of nine short films about young people across the U.S. who have been affected by climate change. This film series helps to put a human face on climate change to let people know this is about our future survival.

#2

I sued the state of Colorado to protect the atmosphere.

Stand Up with Me for Future Generations

With help from Our Children's Trust, the iMatter Campaign, and WITNESS, I filed a lawsuit against the State of Colorado in 2011, asking the courts to determine that the atmosphere is part of the public trust, and that the State has an obligation to protect it. The court disagreed and dismissed the lawsuit.

 

But,it's not over, and I am still part of the Federal lawsuit because I am a member of Kids vs Global Warming. You can become a Friend of the Court and sign this Amicus Brief to make sure your voices are counted when that case goes into appeal.

 

If you are a youth who would like to take legal action in your own state, you and/or your parent can contact us to find out what is happening in your state. You can help hold your government accountable to the public trust doctrine that protects the atmosphere as a public resource.

Sign the Friend of the Court Petition Here.

Download My Lawsuit

#3

I'm an activist and I speak out for my generation in my city and around the world.

I have been a climate activist since I was six years old, organizing and being involved in several campaigns to ban fracking in Colorado, protest coal power plants, and GMO's. Music is an important part of my activism, writing and performing my own rap music to call attention to the climate crisis. It's up to us to stand up for what we believe in and make a difference in our communities.

As a leader of Earth Guardians, my family's non-profit, I've spoken to my City Council several times to advocate for policies to protect our natural environment and reduce carbon emissions. ​And I helped organize the iMatter March here in Denver in 2011.

I was also invited to speak to international leaders in Rio, Brazil at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development and in Australia for a youth sustainability conference.

 

I am watching the pine trees all die.

by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

​The pine beetles are not dying anymore in the winter because it is so much warmer and they are able to move to higher altitudes which has never been recorded in history.  I just learned that pine beetles are able to have two life cycles a year because of climate change which will increase the death of our forests by sixty times.  We have already lost almost two million acres about 70 percent of all of our states Lodgepole pine.  The entire population will be wiped out in the next few years.  Read More

Join the iMatter Youth Council to be trained to give presentations and lead protests, standing up for what you believe in! 

 

Join the iMatter Youth Council

Xiuhtezcatl's Press Links, Videos, and Stuff

I'm speaking at the youth event at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.

 

Here is a hip-hop song I wrote and performed around Colorado and in Rio, Brazil.

I Matter” Youth Movement video release - KSOW LPFM 106.7 FM real rural radio

Earth Saver Award Recognizes Sean Russell and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez - Huff Post 5/25/12

Demonstrators Protest Drilling on Boulder County Open Space - Denver Post Politics 8/18/12

 

 

Demonstrators protest drilling on Boulder County open space

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Demonstrators protest drilling on Boulder County open space

Read more: Demonstrators protest drilling on Boulder County open space - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/legislature/ci_21344376/demonstrators-protest-drilling-boulder-county-open-space#ixzz2D3jTyVnH
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Demonstrators protest drilling on Boulder County open space

Read more: Demonstrators protest drilling on Boulder County open space - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/legislature/ci_21344376/demonstrators-protest-drilling-boulder-county-open-space#ixzz2D3jTyVnH
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