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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Tara Rodríguez Besosa

El Departamento de la Comida, El Fondo de Resiliencia de Puerto Rico
san juan, 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 to create resilience through food sovereignty. Tara is the founder of El Departamento de la Comida a project born in 2010 as a multi-farm CSA, then a storefront, then a local-sustainable sourced experimental kitchen, restaurant and workshop space in Puerto Rico, now in the stages of moving into a farm. They are also co-founder/co-director of El Fondo de Resiliencia de Puerto Rico, born out of the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María. Fondo Resiliencia is a 24 month action campaign dedicated to impacting 200 sustainable food projects while focusing on 5 pillars: Renewable Energy, Reforestation, Rainwater Collection, Seeds and Soil, and Community Wellbeing.
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