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Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued The U.S. Government

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued The U.S. Government
Hosted by Steve Abel
Thursday February 9, 2017
Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany
Tickets available from
Eventfinda

Think Inc. and Loop are proud to announce that next week, 16 year-old activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez will be joined on stage by special guest host Steve Abel for a discussion around the current global political state, and the importance of activism in 2017. 

A renowned musician and political activist, Steve Abel released his third-album Luck/Hope in 2016 to great acclaim. Along with his years as part of the local music scene, Abel has been a prominent activist since the late 90's. Since then, he has spearheaded many of Greenpeace's biggest campaigns, including helping co-ordinate 2010's famous March Against Mining. 

Abel will join Xiuhtezcatl Martinez to discuss the role of activism today across the globe, along with the influence of music in activism and how everyone can do their part to help project our earth. 

Displaying a wisdom far beyond his years, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been speaking on behalf of the planet since the age of six. Today, still just a teenager, his extraordinary eloquence has moved audiences which include world leaders, Hollywood celebrities and other impassioned young people across continents who have joined his Earth Guardians activism movement.

Since beginning speaking, Xiuhtezcatl has spoken all over the world from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Xiuhtezcatl made headlines around the world when he stood before the UN Earth Summit in 2015. Opening his statement in the native Aztec tongue Nahuatl, he went on to stress the immediacy of climate change, its impact as an issue of human rights, and to lambast politicians for over 20 years of inaction. “We have to remember, we are all indigenous to this earth and that we are all connected,” he urged the delegates. “We are being called upon to use our courage, our innovation, our creativity and our passion to bring forth a new world.”

While his youth might be viewed as some as a handicap, Xiuhtezcatl embraces it as a weapon in his arsenal. “As young people we have the advantage that the world will listen to us more so than adults because we’re vulnerable and we’re innocent.” His activism also draws on his Aztec heritage, which taught him to give back to the earth through music and dance, and to see the connections between the living planet and the daily decisions that we make.

February will see Xiuhtezcatl Martinez joined by Steve Abel to help inspire audiences into action to protect the Earth.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Why I Sued The U.S. Government
Thursday February 9, 2017
Kawai Purapura Retreat Centre, Albany
Tickets available from
http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/

For more info, head to Think Inc.

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