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How to get your friends to care about the climate, according to a youth activist

Posted On: 14 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

Grist 50 Fixer Xiuhtezcatl Martinez just turned 20, but he's already built up an impressive resume as an activist and the youth director of the international conservation org Earth Guardians. The multihyphenate Martinez, who's also a hip-hop artist and an author, has delivered several U.N. speeches, given multiple TED talks, and sued the federal government over climate inaction. For the climate-justice movement to succeed, he says, a multimodal approach is needed - a notion that has further taken root in the ongoing protests against police brutality, and has helped to amplify the link between systemic racism and climate change. “Our generation has a diversity of ways to tap into different movements that is really powerful,” he says.
Martinez spoke with Grist about why this matters - and offered a few ideas about how to inspire and motivate your friends to take action. His remarks have been edited for length and clarity.
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