Mark Ruffalo Speaks Out on Behalf of 11-Year-Old Climate Change Protester

Get ready to hear a lot more about Itzcuauhtli Roske-Martinez.

The 11-year-old Boulder, Colorado boy is three weeks into a silent protest designed to inspire other people, young and old (whom he refers to as “world leaders”), to join him in taking a stand against climate change by participating in a forthcoming December 10 “Silence Strike” event. His mother has so far refused media requests, but today, Mark Ruffalo, the actor’s Toronto-film-set driver and a (very appropriately last-named) Toronto Sun columnist, Joe Warmington, have changed that. From Warmington’s piece:

The 46-year-old Ruffalo was in between takes on the movie [Spotlight] when he started telling his driver Lorne Frederick all about this unusual, quiet protest going on south of the border… The boy’s first name is from his father’s Aztec language and is pronounced Eat-Squat-Lee….

“When I heard it, I thought what a story,” said my friend Frederick, who has been working in transportation on films in Toronto for 20 years. “I told Mark we have to call you, Joe. It just seemed like something that should be told.”

Part of Ruffalo’s concern is that Itzcuauhtli has been bullied at school for taking this dramatic stance. The actor, who currently lives in New York State near the Pennsylvania border, met the young boy at the People’s Climate March in New York City this past September. Read the rest of the Sun article here.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Mark Ruffalo Embeds at the Boston Globe

[Image via: www.climatesilencenow.org]