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Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.
"It won't take you long to read this book, but it will linger in your heart and head for quite a while, and perhaps inspire you to join in the creative, blossoming movement to make this world work." — Bill McKibben, environmentalist, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Nature, journalist, and founder of 350.org
"An inspiring story that will change the way all of us think about the climate crisis - and how we can solve it." — Van Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, and co-founder of Dream Corps
"A hopeful, well-argued book on climate change written in a refreshing new voice."— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Martinez presents a meaningful, heartfelt call to action with content that reflects current issues. Additionally, the book's short length will appeal to reluctant readers. An essential purchase for any high school or public library."— School Library Journal, starred review
In this personal, moving essay, environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez uses his art and his activism to show that climate change is a human issue that can't be ignored.

Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today's leading activists and artists. In this installment, Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shows us how his music feeds his environmental activism and vice versa. Martinez visualizes a future that allows us to direct our anger, fear, and passion toward creating change. Because, at the end of the day, we all have a part to play.
Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. Space to think. Space to connect. Space to be yourself. And this is your invitation to join us.
"It won't take you long to read this book, but it will linger in your heart and head for quite a while, and perhaps inspire you to join in the creative, blossoming movement to make this world work." — Bill McKibben, environmentalist, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Nature, journalist, and founder of 350.org
"An inspiring story that will change the way all of us think about the climate crisis - and how we can solve it." — Van Jones, New York Times bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, and co-founder of Dream Corps
"A hopeful, well-argued book on climate change written in a refreshing new voice."— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Martinez presents a meaningful, heartfelt call to action with content that reflects current issues. Additionally, the book's short length will appeal to reluctant readers. An essential purchase for any high school or public library."— School Library Journal, starred review
In this personal, moving essay, environmental activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez uses his art and his activism to show that climate change is a human issue that can't be ignored.

Pocket Change Collective is a series of small books with big ideas from today's leading activists and artists. In this installment, Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez shows us how his music feeds his environmental activism and vice versa. Martinez visualizes a future that allows us to direct our anger, fear, and passion toward creating change. Because, at the end of the day, we all have a part to play.
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    When adults make blatant generalizations about our generation, our disinterest in politics, and our disengagement from the real world, they're not seeing the whole picture. They don't see that the older generations who've shaped our society have done a really shitty job of creating a world that we feel inspired to engage with. We're not passive because we're ignorant and don't understand the challenges our world faces. We get that the changing climate is threatening our future. We can see the corruption of big-­industry money in politics. We see the injustice and hatred: from unchecked police brutality, to families being separated at the US-­Mexico border, to militarized police using extreme force against Water Protectors at Standing Rock. It is literally being live-­streamed and documented in a way that has never been seen before.

    Our generation has the tools to understand what's going on better than any before us, through social media and technology. But we often remain silent because these stories of crisis are never met with stories of solution. It's hard to find hope in the ocean of negative, depressing, fear-­based media. So a lot of us check out. To cope with the broken world we live in, we distract ourselves with social media, drugs, partying, and an endless black hole of viral dance videos, leaned-­out trap rappers, and Fortnite memes.

    I've been involved in the climate movement since I was six years old: standing to protect sacred land from pipelines, suing the US federal government for knowingly contributing to the climate crisis, demanding binding policy change and a Just Transition from fossil fuels, and eventually becoming the Youth Director of the global organization Earth Guardians. Equally important to my climate activism has been my journey to deconstruct the broken story around our future and reinvent what our collective movement can look like. We are the most diverse and most connected generation in history. We need the story of our movements to reflect that, so we can better understand the power we have to shape our world in the face of the crisis at hand.

    We all have a responsibility to be a part of this redefinition of movement culture. It's time to reclaim our space in these movements. Until every Friday night is an after-­party for the FridaysForFuture school walkout y'all did earlier that day. Till our movements speak a language of culture and power, drippin' in art, color, and diversity. Till fighting for what we believe in is something that becomes a part of us, not an external cause or use of energy.

    This book isn't about changing the world—­it's about building it together. Whether the content of these pages helps you find it or not, you have a part to play. Because the future is as much yours as it is mine. And that's a beautiful thing.


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    From "Boombox Warfare" (featuring Jaden Smith):

    I can feel the sound

    I can feel the sound

    We on a wave

    We on a wave now . . .


    Even if you don't have a driver's license, I'd say that most people know that driving in LA can suuuck. Luckily, I left my meeting just in time to beat the 5:00 p.m. traffic on my way to San Diego. As I was leaving, I turned on a podcast that was recommended to me by a student I had met at a college speaking gig a few days before. The podcast was called The Joe Rogan Experience. In this particular episode, comedian Joe Rogan was in conversation with David Wallace-­Wells, a journalist and author of The Uninhabitable Earth,...
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  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2020
    Indigenous youth climate change activist and musician Martinez (Mexica) reimagines environmentalism for a new generation. The many facts presented in this slim volume are enhanced with details of his personal story, including growing up in Boulder, Colorado, and being involved with environmental activism from early childhood. Martinez argues that climate change is an urgent issue that disproportionately impacts communities of color like his own. He also traces the political history of climate change rhetoric, pointing out that it was once a bipartisan issue before fossil fuel and fracking companies and wealthy lobbyists stymied conversations by exerting pressure on Republican politicians. He points out that all too often members of both major political parties keep silent, a move calculated to increase short-term profit while courting long-term financial ruin. Using his own experience as an intersectional, socially aware hip-hop artist, Martinez concludes the book with a call to action, encouraging his generation to use nontraditional, artistic approaches to creating change. This beautifully argued book is packed with facts, seamlessly weaving together the author's personal experiences with well-researched observations of politics, economics, and history. Martinez's language is clear and decisive, and his voice is intimate, bold, and inspiring, all of which make the book impossible to put down. A hopeful, well-argued book on climate change written in a refreshing new voice. (Nonfiction. 14-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    July 10, 2020

    Gr 7 Up-Earth Guardians Youth Director and Indigenous activist Martinez and has been fighting for climate change since the age of six. In this powerful but compact work, Martinez explains the connection between many global crises and climate change, what he is doing to help, and how readers can engage in activism. He supports his thesis using plentiful statistics, historical examples, and personal experiences. People of color living in poorer neighborhoods, or poorer countries, are usually the ones whose homes are flooded or burned during storms, which are happening with greater frequency due to climate change. According to recent scientific estimates, by the end of the century, wildfires will be 64 times worse, "which would mean more than half of California burning every year." The text also highlights the connections between climate change, national budget issues, immigration, and wars. Solve the problem with climate change, he says, and it could alleviate the other issues. Martinez calls on others in his generation to help redefine the movement with their diverse talents. He states, "This book isn't about changing the world-it's about building it together." VERDICT Martinez presents a meaningful, heartfelt call to action with content that reflects current issues. Additionally, the book's short length will appeal to reluctant readers. An essential purchase for any high school or public library. -Jeni Tahaney, Summit H.S., Manfield, TX

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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