About Us


Earth Guardians trains diverse youth to be effective leaders in the environmental, climate and social justice movements across the globe - using art, music, storytelling, on the ground projects, civic engagement and legal action to advance solutions to the critical issues we face as a global community.

How do we do this? Through the creation and training of Earth Guardian Crews. These crews, ranging from ten to several hundred young people per crew represent the heart and soul of the organization. They are the young activists, artists, and musicians that are on the front lines driving action and fueling the cultural shift toward a regenerative future.  


Highlights 2018


Our Most Recent Projects Include

  • The design and development of a cutting-edge app to educate, gamify, measure and track our individual and collective environmental impact

  • National and State class action lawsuits

  • Creation and publication of EG Climate Action Lesson Plans distributed to 250K students and 300K summer campers

  • Launch of Historic Indigenous Youth Leadership Training

  • Opened Earth Guardians satellites in Africa

  • Trained 10,000 youth leaders through our on the ground crews

  • Grown from 20 to 264 on the ground Earth Guardian youth crews creating tangible change within their communities, located in over 50 countries in the past 3 years

  • A total of 54 MILLION people reached (FB followers, YouTube views, Instagram, Twitter, and mainstream media)

  • Organized Climate Strikes through our 264 crews across the globe

  • Granted $30K to Crews in 2018 with a goal of tripling that amount in 2019

  • Earth Guardians - Mexico expanded crews to eight different states of the Mexican Republic

  • Earth Guardians India reached 5,000 youths and 10,000 women through different peace and human rights education.

  • Earth Guardians Africa has received official recognition by the Toganese government and grown from 7 countries to 18 African countries in 2018. They are on target to become the first Earth Guardian Continent by end of 2020.

  • Planted over 100,000 trees through our Earth Guardians Africa and India and US crews

  • Ran a national We Rise, We Vote campaign, encouraging younger generations to vote in the 2018 Mid-term elections in partnership with Rock the Vote, Headcount, ACE, Do Something, and Unifyre.


History

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Earth Guardians began as an accredited high school in Maui, Hawaii in 1992, focusing on environmental awareness and action in its core curriculum. Students studied the history of social movements and took action to restore sandalwood forests and shut down the toxic practice of burning sugar cane. The school became recognized throughout the Hawaiian Islands and beyond, with the Dalai Lama presenting the Children's Torch of Hope to twenty-five Earth Guardian students.

Seeing the need to empower and give voice to a wider audience prompted Earth Guardians to relocate to Colorado in 1997 and engage more young people in programs to empower and amplify their voice. Earth Guardians began teaching youth about the involvement in political action and activism, working to stop the spraying of pesticides in public parks, establishing an environmental fee on plastic bags, advocating for municipalizing Boulder's energy grid, and helping to achieve a moratorium on fracking. Earth Guardians received a great deal of press and attention for local actions, allowing the organization to expand into national and international work.

Now with thousands of engaged youth on six continents, Earth Guardians has given youth a voice and direction worldwide in order to become effective leaders and make measurable change in their communities. Earth Guardians is developing the resources to build a stronger collaborative network and cultivate this large wave of youth engagement.

 

1st GENERATION EARTH GUARDIANS

This video highlights the "Children's Torch of Hope Tour" where the Earth Guardians traveled to high profile events in 29 states and ended in the United Nations.

2nd GENERATION EARTH GUARDIANS

This video highlights an EG event organized with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

 
 

3rd GENERATION EARTH GUARDIANS

Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is not your average kid.