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Environmental Activist and Hip Hop Artist To Speak at Chatham on November 12

Pittsburgh: Environmental activist and eco-hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez will speak at Chatham University on November 12, at 5PM in Eddy Theater on Shadyside Campus. The event is a part of Native American Heritage month and Chatham’s Global Focus: Year of Climate Change -program. There is no fee to attend, and registration is on

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 15-year-old indigenous change agent, environmental activist, public speaker and eco-hip-hop artist. In 2013, he received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and Martinez was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President’s youth council.

On June 29, 2015, Martinez spoke before the United Nations Assembly about climate change and urged the representatives to take action against it. Watch his speech here:

Soon after, The Rolling Stone magazine published an article where Martinez discusses how his Aztec heritage affects his climate change views, as well as his activism and interest in music.

Martinez is the Youth Director of The Earth Guardians, which is an organization devoted to youth leadership and promotes various climate change events and campaigns designed by the involved youth. Find out more here: