We rise The Earth Guardians guide to building a movement that restores the planet

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Book - 2017

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. 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 gui...de on how to face the biggest problems of today, including climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and industrial agriculture.

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Published
[Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale [2017]
Language
English
Item Description
Subtitle from cover.
Physical Description
xvi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-246) and index.
ISBN
9781635650679
1635650674
Main Author
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (author)
Other Authors
Justin Spizman (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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 frontlines 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?

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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 frontlines 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?