Environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has addressed the United Nations, shared a stage with President Barack Obama and recently became a published author. He’s also about to release a hip-hop record. And he’s only 17.

Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced “Shoe-Tez-Caht”) is among 21 youth activists suing the Trump administration over climate change, arguing that refusal to halt environmental degradation fails to protect resources in the public trust and violates the constitutional rights of young people. On March 7, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a government appeal to quash the case.

In February, Xiuhtezcatl joined a panel of youth activists at Patagonia Santa Monica to announce the launch of Patagonia Action Works, an online platform that connects users to environmental activism campaigns in their immediate community. The idea is to both create more activists and increase the capacity of existing organizations that receive grant funding through the Ventura-based sustainable clothing company. Locally, these include Heal the Bay, TreePeople, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, The Bay Foundation, the Surfrider Foundation and 5 Gyres.

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