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

9:15am MDT

GreenLatinos Learning Lab Summit KEYNOTE Juan Parras (T.E.J.A.S): #AJustHarveyRecovery
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services's (t.e.j.a.s.) leader Juan Parras and his resolve for equity, justice and community resilience is the driving force behind the T.e.j.a.s. with over 40 years of organizing and work from social services, to labor, to environmental justice Juan Parras can attest to the empowering force behind marrying issues of intersectionality in environmental work for marginalized communities.


Saturday September 16, 2017 9:15am - 9:30am MDT
Ricketson Auditorium in the DMNS

9:55am MDT

Part Two: Lessons from the Frontlines: How Communities Are Protecting our Climate Through Water, Air, Public Lands, and Food
Limited Capacity seats available

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, The... Read More →
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Aura Vasquez

Climate Justice Director, The Center for Popular Democracy

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Tara Rodríguez Besosa

El Departamento de la Comida, El Fondo de Resiliencia de Puerto Rico
Tara Rodríguez Besosa, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, 34 years of age. Tara is product of a colony that has been extracted, abused and made completely dependent on external resources. They are an architect building a world where agroecological concepts and queer practices are used... Read More →

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