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10-29-2015

Teen Environmental Activist to Speak on Climate Change at Clarkson University Nov. 10

The 15-year-old indigenous activist Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced "Shu-TEZ-caht") Martinez may be too young to vote, but he is already calling elected officials into account, inspiring people of all ages and mobilizing a generation for change.

Xiuhtezcatl MartinezAs the youth director of Earth Guardians -- a non-profit environmental organization committed to protecting the water, air, earth and atmosphere -- Martinez has worked in his community to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash regulated, moratoriums on fracking, genetically modified organisms labeled and more.

Martinez will speak at Clarkson University at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Student Center Multipurpose Rooms (#15 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf).

The teenage environmental activist and eco hip-hop artist has spoken at more than 100 events around the world and is a powerful voice on the front lines of the youth-led climate movement. Martinez has performed at music festivals internationally and organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and conferences, and he has given TED Talks about his work with Earth Guardians.

Martinez received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Barack Obama and was the youngest of 24 national change makers chosen to serve on the president’s youth council.

One of Martinez’s current missions is to help train youth organizers around the globe to become climate leaders using team building exercises, hard facts and experience with concrete, "solutionary" actions.

Martinez is a piano composer and hip-hop artist who writes and produces music to educate and inspire his generation to connect with their passions and contribute to protecting the air, water, earth and atmosphere. Performing often with his younger brother, Itzcuauhtli, their new album, Generation RYSE, gets people dancing and opens their minds as well.

This event is sponsored by SPECTRUM and the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) in honor of the chapter's 35th anniversary at Clarkson. In 1980, Clarkson was selected as the home of the first AISES college chapter.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/xmartinez.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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