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

9:30am MDT

Part One: GreenLatinos Core Priorities - Moving Critical Environmental and Conservation Issues Forward
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel discussion will provide a a primer on the Core Priorities for 2017-2018 that were voted upon and selected at the GreenLatinos National Summit. Participants will hear from Co-Chairs of the GreenLatinos Working Groups that are developing the strategies to address critical environmental and conservation issues and leading the actions and advocacy on these issues to move these priorities forward. The panel will discuss the coming challenges and opportunities for action on environmental justice, civil rights and public engagement; indigenous rights and sovereignty; climate and clean air; toxics and pesticides; and clean water. 

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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, The... Read More →


Saturday September 16, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am MDT
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

11:40am MDT

Part Three: #WaterIsLife: Homage to Standing Rock and Our Dreamers Growing Our Shared Coalition (Special Guest: CHAIRMAN DAVE ARCHAMBAULT & Dreamers)
Limited Capacity seats available

Artivism Performance by Franklin Cruz Spoken Word Artist & Kino Aquino Movement Artist & Doug Good Feather in Song, IEN Director Tom Goldtooth leads a discussion between between Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault, Community Organizer Helga Garza, and GreenLatinos founder Mark Magana on the legacy of Standing Rock and the vision of a shared coalition of water protectors across movements and diverse peoples. Both Latino leaders Mark and Helga mobilzied delegations to Standing Rock in 2016. Nuestro Hermano Award Ceremony Mark Magana & Chairman Dave Archambault Nuestros Dreamers Award Ceremony Felipe Benitez & Cinthya Cantu, Belen Sisa, Salvador Hernandez, Erika Andiola CALL-TO-ACTION Awards, Protection Ceremony, Social Action  Join us in honoring four dreamers and embracing them in celebration and protection. Performance by Light Racket 

Saturday September 16, 2017 11:40am - 12:25pm MDT
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS
Sunday, September 17

12:00pm MDT

The Word May Sustain Us: Wade Davis and Homero Aridjis on Why and How Writing Matters to Environmental Justice
Few issues are more important than climate change and the justice related implications to indiginous communities and those most disproportionaly affected . Award-winning authors Wade Davis and Homero Aridjis discuss how writers can both raise awareness in readers and prepare themselves for the dual roles of author and activist. Moderated by translator Jessica Powell 

Sunday September 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:35pm MDT
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

1:45pm MDT

Maria the Monarch Book Presentation & Signing: Homero Aridjis
Informs young readers about the life of monarch butterflies, their habitat, and the efforts to save them from extinction. Introduction: Sarah Garrett Butterfly Pavilion’s Lepidopterist
Illustrated by Juan PalominoTranslated by Eva Aridjis Each year, in the Mexican town of Contepec, migrating Monarch butterflies spend the winter in the temperate forests of Mexico. This children’s book is an adventure story about two courageous cousins Eréndira and Corina. With the help of their community as well as Maria the Monarch butterfly, who speaks to them in their dreams, they save the lives of millions of Monarch butterflies threatened by illegal logging and traffickers of wild animals. Together they help preserve the natural and cultural wealth of their homeland. Praise For María The Monarch "I highly recommend this extraordinary trip to the kingdom of the monarch.” Dr. Lincoln Brower, Sweet Briar College, the world's leading expert on the Monarch Butterfly. Ages 8 to 12


Sarah Garrett

Butterfly Pavilion’s Lepidopterist
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Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy


Sunday September 17, 2017 1:45pm - 2:15pm MDT
Morgridge Family Exploration Center

2:20pm MDT

"Historias Con Huellas" Denver Latino Leaders Book Launch with Author German Gonzalez
BOOK FEATURED LEADERS: Manuel Gazcon, Andrés Neidig, Linda Sosa, Roberto Torres, Irene Vilar, Julieta Quiñonez, Roberto Gaytan, Rosa Marie Vergil, Diana Pineda, Fernando Pineda,  Juventino Romero,  Arturo García, Padre Tomás Fraile AUTHORS: Germán González-Flores Mavi Barraza

Sunday September 17, 2017 2:20pm - 3:15pm MDT
Morgridge Family Exploration Center
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