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.


Helga Garcia Garza

Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network/ La Cosecha CSA
Helga Garcia-Garza originally from South Tejas today resides in Albuquerque, Neuvo Mexico, where she serves as the Director of Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network. A co-op of 9 organic farmers located in the South Valley and 25 allied farms through out Nuevo Mexico. She is the daughter of an activist, a mother, and grandmother to a new generation of activist. Both a healer and leader in her community, she has a life-long dedication in the struggle for human rights and in defense of our mother earth with a special focus on her sacred waters. While still in high school following in her mothers footsteps Helga became involved in a campaign to protect the waters of the San Antonio river and the Edwards aquifer from contamination. Since then she has stood on the front lines many times and in many places most recently as part of the prayer "Water Is Life" at Standing Rock. Over the years having been involved in the struggle against uranium mining is the Southwest. The struggle to keep toxic waist dumps out of our communities. In Brownsville, Tejas on the banks of the Rio Grande, Rio Bravo Helga organized communities on both sides of the U.S. / Mexico border that were suffering from high rates of birth defects linked to water contamination brought on by the U.S. companies maquiladora industry in Mexico.