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We rise : the Earth Guardians guide to building a movement that restores the planet
ISBN:
9781635650679
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xvi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Prologue : UNcharted territory -- PART I: ROOTS OF REVOLUTION. Indigenous roots : connecting with the ways of my ancestors ; Kid warrior : developing purpose at a young age ; Composing revolution : creative passion into action ; Moving from crisis to opportunity : how did we get here? -- PART II: THE MOVEMENTS AND OUR OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THE TIDE. Holding back the sea : confronting the climate crisis ; Wilderness warriors : Where have all the wild things gone? ; Troubled waters : defending life below the surface ; Future food : re-envisioning our food systems ; The true cost of fossil fuels : the future of energy is not down a hole ; Fracking for fool's gas : the crisis of a false solution ; From protestors to protectors : what Standing Rock taught the world -- PART III: THE GAME PLAN. Justice, not just us : growing intersectional movements for lasting change ; A rising generation : uplifting the voices of those who will inherit the planet.
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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 16-year-old climate activist, hip-hop artist, and new voice on the front lines of a global youth-led movement. He and his group the Earth Guardians believe that today's youth will play an important role in shaping our future. Beginning with the empowering story of the Earth Guardians and how Xiuhtezcatl has become a voice for his generation, [this book] explores many aspects of effective activism and provides step-by-step information on how to start and join solution-oriented movements. With conversations between Xiuhtezcatl and well-known activists, revolutionaries, and celebrities, practical advice for living a more sustainable lifestyle, and ideas and tools for building resilient communities, [this book] is an action guide on how to face the biggest problems of today, including climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and industrial agriculture. If you are interested in creating real and tangible change, [this book] will give you the inspiration and information you need to do your part in making the world a better place and leave you asking, what kind of legacy do I want to leave?
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Challenge the status quo, change the face of activism, and confront climate change head on with the ultimate blueprint for taking action. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 16-year-old climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful new voice on the front lines of a global youth-led movement. He and his group the Earth Guardians believe that today's youth will play an important role in shaping our future. They know that the choices made right now will have a lasting impact on the world of tomorrow, and people-young and old-are asking themselves what they can do to ensure a positive, just, and sustainable future. We Rise tells these stories and addresses the solutions. Beginning with the empowering story of the Earth Guardians and how Xiuhtezcatl has become a voice for his generation, We Rise explores many aspects of effective activism and provides step-by-step information on how to start and join solution-oriented movements. With conversations between Xiuhtezcatl and well-known activists, revolutionaries, and celebrities, practical advice for living a more sustainable lifestyle, and ideas and tools for building resilient communities, We Rise is an action guide on how to face the biggest problems of today, including climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and industrial agriculture. If you are interested in creating real and tangible change, We Rise will give you the inspiration and information you need to do your part in making the world a better place and leave you asking, what kind of legacy do I want to leave?


Author Notes

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He is the youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young activists, artists, and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and working together to create positive change in their communities to address climate change and other important issues that will define our future.

He has traveled across the nation and to many parts of world educating his generation about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspiring them into action to protect the earth. His movement has grown to over 2,000 youth lead Earth Guardian crews globally working on the front lines to combat climate change. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO , and many more. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This guide, written by veteran protestor and former Earth Guardian leader Martinez, now 17 years old, is well worth the read. Martinez uses his own extensive life experiences as a template for encouraging youth from all walks of life to participate in efforts to protect the earth and its resources. Martinez is an expert in advocating for, and speaking about, ecological and environmental movements. He has been a proponent for the planet since he was five years old, and has the leadership of Earth Guardians and a speech to the United Nations as part of his impressive résumé. Martinez writes directly to teens using contemporary expressions and phrases, an approach that should appeal to readers. The writing is clear and cogent, easy to read and digest, but is not condescending; he uses plenty of science and scientific terms to back up his argument. Each chapter includes realistic advice and ideas for students to take their own action, and to become more knowledgeable about the issues. The book is well organized, and well researched, with footnotes and current resources. VERDICT Filled with relevant and timely information about climate change, pollution, and efforts to mitigate these ills, this is a good primer for teens wishing to become better informed or involved.-Gretchen Crowley, formerly at Alexandria City Public Libraries, VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

In this book, teenage author Martinez, an Indigenous climate activist and youth director of the eco organization Earth Guardians, spells out the many environmental problems the world faces, from dying coral reefs to the dangers of fracking. The agenda-crammed but exuberant text underscores the urgency of Martinez's message, and tips on successful movement-building may inspire a diverse range of teens to be tomorrow's climate activists. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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PART I ROOTS OF REVOLUTION "We are all indigenous to the Earth." -XIUHTEZCATL TONATIUH Excerpted from We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Connecting, Getting Organized, and Making a Positive Impact in Today's World by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Justin Spizman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.