Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Why is climate change at the center of your own work as an activist? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 30 November 2017 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Why is climate change at the center of your own work as an activist?
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, youth climate activist
Environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, winner of the inaugural Children’s Climate Prize (2016), explains how climate change in his view is the central issue of our era precisely because it connects to so many other issues that define today’s critical social and environmental challenges, from racism to forced climate migration, from water security in the hinterlands of North American to degradation of our oceans, from LGBTQ rights to the rights of indigenous people. To Xiuhtezcatl these are all part of the same struggle.
Xiuhtezcatl, Indigenous Climate Activist at the High-level event on Climate Change
Bifrost gratefully acknowledges the leadership of the research network NIES, the media arts collective Zoopeople and the sustainability education project Earth Guardians for all their valuable support and work behind the scenes that helped make the interview excerpted in this video possible.