15 Year Old Climate Activist Gives Incredible UN Speech

Indrani Sengupta
Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez knows a thing or two about climate change: he's been an activist for the environment for 9 years already. Recently, he delivered this speech to the UN, urging action.

15-year old Xiuhtexcatl Roske-Martinez may seem a tad young to be speaking before a hushed audience of UN representatives, but he's been doing this sort of thing since the tender age of 6.

The young man has almost a decade of experience in environmental activism under his belt, and he hasn't even cleared high school.

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In the following video, Roske-Martinez speaks earnestly and poetically about the urgency of climate change, the need for action, demonstrating astonishing articulateness for his age, and a knowledge of the history behind climate change negotiations that extends far beyond his own years.

"In the last 20 years of negotiations, almost no agreements have been made on a bonding climate recovery plan.”

But let's not let his startling maturity detract from the real issue at hand. Roske-Martinez urges his audience to recognize that the problem isn't simply impending, it's here. He speaks of the greatest of wildfires and the worst of floods that his family has experienced firsthand, the increase in carbon dioxide emissions, massive superstorms that aren't “natural,” though nature has begetted them. 

If that's not enough to fire you up, take this:

“Climate change is a human rights issue...What's at stake is not the environment, but the existence of my generation.”

From the mouths of babes.

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