This 17-year-old Aztec rapper is in the midst of releasing his debut album while suing the Trump administration — here’s why.
Posted by NBC Latino on Thursday, September 21, 2017
He is fighting his generation’s fight to protect the environment.
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year-old rapper and environmental activist who is the leader of Earth Guardians, a group of young people fighting for legislation to protect the environment against the Trump administration’s agenda. He and 20 other young activists have filed a lawsuit against the United States government, claiming that the administration is not doing enough to protect them from the impacts of climate change. He is also dropping his rap debut, an album that stresses the importance of standing up for what you believe in and what you want to protect. In Martinez’ case, that is the environment.
“We’re using the stories, which is the passion, which is the emotion that gets people to move, Martinez told NBC Latino. “Then there’s the science behind it as well, working with top climate scientists to build a comprehensive climate recovery plan. That’s what we’re demanding from the government.”
Martinez understands that everyone can’t completely pause their lives to fight for the things they are passionate about. What Martinez suggests, according to the NBC Latino video, is for people to use professions to bring attention to causes they care about.
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