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AMERICAS LATINO ECO FESTIVAL V
#LATINOECOFEST #HISPANICECOHERITAGE

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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Ceremony [clear filter]
Saturday, September 16
 

9:00am

Ancestors & Artivism Blessing
Franklin Cruz  Spoken Word Artist  Helga Garza Water Protector


Speakers
Artists

Saturday September 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:10am
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

12:30pm

Nuestro Hermano Award Ceremony: Chairman Dave Archambault, Standing Rock
Join ALEF in presenting Nuestro Hermano award to leader Chairman Dave Archambault from Standing Rock. To honor his work, the progession of the movement, the spirit of the people and the effort set forth to defend our natural resources. We are honored to have his presence and insight at the festival and will continue to support his efforts. 

Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers
Artists


Saturday September 16, 2017 12:30pm - 12:40pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

12:40pm

Nuestros Dreamers Awards: Dare to be a Dreamer Protector #DefendDACA
CALL-TO-ACTION Awards, Protection Ceremony, Social Action  
ALEF will bring together the anchoring blessings of Standing Rock in our dreamers awards cereminy in a call to action to defend DACA and build on a shared coalition between our First Nations and GreenLatino leaders. 


Saturday September 16, 2017 12:40pm - 12:50pm
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

1:45pm

Part Four: Guardians of Life Sculptures Ceremony of Alfonso Piloto Nieves Twelve Women Earth Protectors of the Americas

Prayer, Music, Poetry, Dance in Honor of the Guardians of Life & Water
Artivist Interventions Alfonso "Piloto" Nieves Visual Artist Bianca Mikahn Sound Artist Jorge Figueroa Verbal Artist Helga Garza Water Protector Rick Sargent Visual Artist Barrio E Drums & Dance 



Saturday September 16, 2017 1:45pm - 2:10pm
South Atrium

5:30pm

ALEF2017 Group Picture
Moderators
Saturday September 16, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Boettcher Plaza
 
Sunday, September 17
 

12:35pm

Nuestro Padrino Award Ceremony: Author Wade Davis
Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers

Sunday September 17, 2017 12:35pm - 12:45pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

12:45pm

Nuestro Padrino Award Ceremony: Rep. Jared Polis
Joins us as we celebrate with our 2017 Nuestro Padrino Award Congressman Jared Polis for his extraordinary environmental stewardship and advocacy for protections that safegurad the health and well being of Colorado's Latinos. The ceremony will lead into our Promotes Verdes graduation and Mr. Polis's commemcement adddress. 

Moderators
avatar for Aura Vasquez

Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

Speakers


Sunday September 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

3:30pm

Promotores Verdes Graduation Ceremony
Witness the graduation of the 1st Promotores Verdes class as family members celebrate de completion of the program. Promotores Verdes grows family based advocates for better health through nature experiences. This is a culturally sensitive, intergenerational, community-based educational family program tha promotes the Nature RX Movement in the Latino/Hispanic community. This Summer 2017 over 100 families explored the outdoor and its benefits to health, people’s health and the interconnectedness with the health of forests and ecosystems, eating/active living, and environmental leadership and advocacy. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Irene Vilar

Irene Vilar

Founder, Americas for Conservation + the Arts
ALEF



Sunday September 17, 2017 3:30pm - 4:10pm
Morgridge Family Exploration Center