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15-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is an environmental activist.

Video: 15-year-old Climate Warrior Addresses U.N., Calls Climate Change a ‘Human Rights Issue’

ICTMN Staff
7/5/15

Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, who was raised in the Aztec tradition, spoke earnestly to the United Nations General Assembly June 29 challenging the representatives to make “great decisions,” and take immediate action on climate change.

“What's at stake right now is the existence of my generation," he said in his speech. "In the last 20 years of negotiations, almost no agreements have been made on a bonding climate recovery plan," he said.

A long-time climate warrior, Martinez began speaking publicly on the topic when he was six years old. In his speech, he said that climate change is "the defining issue of our time," and "a human rights issue.”

This is the third time that the 15-year-old has addressed the UN.

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Submitted by raininmyshoes on
Brilliant, very intelligent. I feel that the solution to pollution is supporting the Indigenous cultures to recover from the Great Tragedy, they are very deeply traumatized and lost in a society that is not them, can never be them and is not good for them or anyone. Indigenous cultures had intelligence and wisdom and understood how to live and life took care of them. The problem is society, it lacks wisdom, has no intelligence, has no law and has no direction. Society is a virus that must forever spread outward and devour everything until it devours itself. If support could ever be strong enough in these waning moments and miracles could heal fast enough the cultures to listen to their elders and the wisdom teachers than they could help society heal its disease and return to a culture and then all life has every hope of living. Indigenous cultures were always the well being of the people and all the earth, society was the death and destruction upon all. All of Europe and where their new kingdoms went is the trail of that death and they need to realize they are responsible for what has happened which they have never acknowledged or taken any responsibility for in spite of taking every thing else. The leaders of the world are not, those who will lead a path out of this darkness are the Indigenous People's of the world. They are not developing countries, they are recovering countries. They were ransacked and murdered. Truth is what they have been running from, the truth is they wanted to possess power to inflict cruelty to enrich themselves, it is still the same. There is no more energy needs, there are wisdom needs that the healing Indigenous People's can than share with those lost in society how to live. The 'leaders' in the governments and institutions must stand down, their game is killing everyone. The true leaders, the Indigenous People's of the earth are the ones who can understand what the wisdom teachers request be done so that we can save all the earth and her children. Society has no wisdom, it has caused these problems for many hundreds of years, they can not begin to understand wisdom. It is dangerous for them to continue to pretend they have a plan, policy, etc. I trust the Indigenous People of the earth, if no one will step down for truth and intelligence, then there is nothing. The so called powers have been leading us into ashes and dust of their kingdom come and the dust is everywhere. The so called leaders and governments, kings, queens, ministers and ambassadors must step down. They do not understand power nor wisdom and are afraid of truth and their ignorance, disease and lies are killing all of us. If they were truthful from the beginning then the Indigenous cultures would not have been smashed and there would be no global crisis nor all of this tragic dust. In the final they will have to realize if they themselves want to live than they must step down, they can not lead anything.

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Submitted by ArrowD on
If all things are connected why are Native Peoples not speaking more about chemtrails? Every day we are blasted with chemicals, heavy metals, from airplanes from secret and covert operation. Is this to cure or kill? There is no solution until this stops. The deceit must stop, the lies must stop. The hypnosis must break.

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Submitted by ArrowD on
If all things are connected why are Native Peoples not speaking more about chemtrails? Every day we are blasted with chemicals, heavy metals, from airplanes from secret and covert operation. Is this to cure or kill? There is no solution until this stops. The deceit must stop, the lies must stop. The hypnosis must break.

Nikki Jo Lucero
Nikki Jo Lucero
Submitted by Nikki Jo Lucero on
Could those people sit down and give some respect for this Young Man!? What a wonderful young Man! I am in tears , so proud of HIM!

Lynn Saoirse
Submitted by Lynn Saoirse on
What an eloquent and courageous young man; we are lucky to have him speaking up for the planet and Her people. Not impressed with the idiots behind him who should have been more respectful listeners. Wishing him all the best in his life ahead.

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Submitted by bluesapphire48 on
I wish this wonderful young man could bring his eloquence to the Congress here in his own (benighted) country. Perhaps the corporate lackeys of the US Congress might stop a few bills like the TPP and Keystone XL and all the other corporate giveaways if they listened to the insights of Xiuhtexcatl Martinez! Because it is the US more than any other country that is polluting and destroying this planet. Speak truth to power, Xiuhtexcatl! And may the Force of Truth and Light be with you!

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Submitted by bluesapphire48 on
I wish this wonderful young man could bring his eloquence to the Congress here in his own (benighted) country. Perhaps the corporate lackeys of the US Congress might stop a few bills like the TPP and Keystone XL and all the other corporate giveaways if they listened to the insights of Xiuhtexcatl Martinez! Because it is the US more than any other country that is polluting and destroying this planet. Speak truth to power, Xiuhtexcatl! And may the Force of Truth and Light be with you!

Sharon Wood
Submitted by Sharon Wood on
Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez is from Boulder, CO. I knew about this young when he made a video on What the Frack, which is the name of the song. I agree with him all the way. Keep up the good work Xiuhtezcatl!!!

Terry Newberg
Submitted by Terry Newberg on
This reminds me of another native child activist, Ta'Kaiya Blaney of the Sliammon Nation in B.C. Canada who also spoke at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) in New York City, NY at age 12: http://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/use-your-voice-takaiya-blaney-speaks-and-sings-her-hope
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