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Thirteen-Year-Old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Talks Environmental Change at PPCC
Karen Kovaly, April 16, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo. – April 15, 2014 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) presents an Earth Day special event that will highlight a presentation and hip-hop performance by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’), a 13 year-old indigenous environmental activist and change agent from Boulder, Colorado at PPCC’s Centennial Campus Atrium, April 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Xiuhtezcatl will talk about pressing environmental issues and inspire students to become change agents on campus and in the community. He will also give an Eco-Hip Hop performance with his younger brother.
As youth director of Earth Guardians, a non-profit environmental organization committed to protecting the water, air, earth and atmosphere with youth-driven projects around the globe,
Xiuhtezcatl has organized many rallies and demonstration, speaks globally on many issues and writes and performs original message-driven rap music with his group “Voice of Youth” to inspire and educate his peers through music.
In Colorado, he has led and participated in many victories including getting pesticides out of Boulder’s city parks, achieving a fee for plastic bags, getting a ban on GMOs and is currently fighting for a statewide ban on fracking.
For more information about Earth Guardians and Xiuhtezcatl, visit earthguardians.org.
Konrad Shlarbaum, PPCC Sustainability Coordinator and event organizer said, “It is my job to bring about awareness of and engagement in environmental issues for the students, faculty and staff of PPCC. I believed this environmental activist has great potential to provoke and inspire students to take action.”
Earth Day Program Schedule for April 23:
10-10:15: History of Earth Day
10:25-10:45: Keynote Speech: Xiuhtezcatl w/ Eco-Hip Hop
10:45-11:00: Question and Answer Session with Xiuhtezcatl
11:00-11:15: Principals of Sustainability
11:15-11:30: PPCC Sustainability Engagement Opportunities
Note: This same program will take place April 22 at the Rampart Campus Room, W-101, 10-11:30 a.m. but will not be open to the community because space is limited. Lunch will be provided after the program at both locations.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.