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The Americas Latino Eco Festival is the nation’s premier, public meet up of Latino American environmental minds and a multicultural gathering place for artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders and community from across the Americas to discuss novel solutions to advance a healthy environment, locally and globally, through arts advocacy, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations.This exciting festival with over 500 presenters and participants, and an audience of over 5,000 has something for everyone! 

The three-day event will include an environmental film series, leadership artivism trainings, an eco book fair with authors’ presentations, a green exhibitors hall, a Colorado River summit, an international eco drawing arts Expo, a BioBlitz in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service that will engage more than 400 fourth graders in an interactive biological survey of local surroundings, and a whole day devoted to family-friendly events including performances, workshops, eco shorts planetarium shows, a mariachis showcase and much more.

ALEF2017: People & Waters First: Ripples of Hope

The five thematic pillars of this year’s ALEF include: People and Waters, Restoration and Public Lands, Clean Air and Climate Hope, Food Safety and Sovereignty, and Honoring Our Water Protectors

Region of Honor: Colorado River 

Country of Honor: Cuba

ALEF is an initiative of Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) and is co-presented with GreenLatinos in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service, National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association, and Benitez Strategies.

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Saturday, September 16 • 9:55am - 11:40am
Part Two: Lessons from the Frontlines: How Communities Are Protecting our Climate Through Water, Air, Public Lands, and Food LIMITED

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Artivism Performance by Olivia Blumenthal Musician 
Lessons Keynote: Devon Pena, Director Acequia Institute 
Acequias: Lessons from the Frontlines of the Struggle for Food Sovereignty and Water Democracy
Testimonios: PUBLIC LANDS: Irma Munoz,
Mujeres de La Tierra FOOD: Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Efecto Sombrilla Puerto Rico Edgardo Gomez Pisco, Founder, VASI Vision Amazonica Para la Sostenibilidad Integral) w/ Nancy Dammann (VASI) Leticia Garcia DeCaigny AIR: Karin Quimby, Moms Clean Air Force National Field Director INDIGENOUS RIGHTS & SOVEREIGNITY: Nicole Karsin, Fillmmaker, Amazonia Lot 1-AB Trailer

Food & Farm Manifesto: Jaime Chavez, National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association 

WATER: Call2Action on the Salton Sea Latino Desert communities face significant air quality and natural resources threats with the shrinking of the Salton Sea. Funding for Salton Sea restoration is critical for the well being of these communities and the invaluable eco systems of the Salton Sea. Panelists:  Norma Galindo (Imperial Irrigation District, Director) Marina Barragan (Sierra Club California) Kim Delfino (California Program Director, Defenders of Wildlife) Moderator: Michael Cohen, Pacific Institute

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Midy Aponte

Vice President, Spitfire Strategies
Based in Denver, CO, Midy’s portfolio at Spitfire addresses domestic public education reform, equity and multiculturalism in the U.S., and advocacy for Internet freedom through civil society organizations in Latin America and Africa with clients such as The New Teacher Center... Read More →
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Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

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Tara Rodriguez Besosa

founder/owner, El Departamento de la Comida
I work mostly with food and communities. I own El Departamento de la Comida, Puerto Rico's only restaurant committed to use only local sustainable produce from farmers we know. I visit farms on a weekly basis all over the island, I am director of a non-profit focused on connectin... Read More →

Saturday September 16, 2017 9:55am - 11:40am
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

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