ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

 

     The Americas Latino Eco Festival - a nonprofit event free and open to all - is a Latino hosted multicultural event elevating, in particular, the voices of communities of color and of women in conservation and cultural leadership, fostering collaboration to better tackle environmental problems from many angles, and using arte y cultura to message environmental awareness and shared values.  ALEF is a program of the Colorado-based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A).

 

  2017 was a successful year for our organization. We have continued to tackle environmental problems from many angles and used Arte y Cultura as a communication channel for environmental awareness and shared values, all powered by the volunteer force. All our program aim at environmental and multicultural education and a diverse, non-segregated, and inclusive conservation agenda.

 

   All the platforms of cultural production have received multiple national press features, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Huffington Post, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, FOX News, The Village Voice.

 

     In 2016, we were honored to receive (1) the City of Denver Office of Sustainability Love This Place Award, for our work as community builders (2) the ALEF proclamation by Colorado Governor John Wright Hickenlooper (3) the signed Mayors Monarch Pledge by City of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In 2017, we were honored to receive the City of Denver Mayor’s Awards of Excellence in Arts & Culture Imagine 2020.

 

    Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown to become the nation's premier meetup of Latino American environmental minds, and a home for artists, scientists, advocates, public policy leaders, and communities from across the Americas, committed to advancing a healthy environment, both locally and globally, through arts, education, and engagement of culturally diverse populations.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

 

We have brought impactful change to our communities through five of our main programs:

 

  • Americas for Conservation + the Arts 501c3 AFC+A have brought impactful change to our communities through five of our main programs: The annual Americas Latino Eco-Festival ALEF (leveraging the arts and Latino leadership for conservation gains), now in its sixth year; Mandel Vilar Press MVP (advancing diversity and conservation in books) and the publication of twenty titles in two years; Promotores Verdes PV (growing family-based champions of the health benefits of nature, outdoors experiences and conservation), forty five families graduated in 2017; United Cultures for Arts + Nature Green Ambassadors U-CAN (building a more inclusive generation of environmental stewards), thirty alumni in 2017 and eighty five new alumni in 2018; Puerto Rico Resilience Project (advancing local food systems, energy independence and reforestation), fifteen agroecology farms restored after hurricane Maria of the scheduled two hundred in 2018 campaign. 

 

  • We have other initiatives like Descubre El Bosque (inspiring tweens and their parents to reconnect with nature), Journey for Climate Justice JCJ (advancing justice through adventure), and the Latina Environmental Giving Circle (empowering the next generation of Latina green leadership) aim at environmental and multicultural education and an integrated, diverse, and inclusive conservation agenda.

 

  • Bringing diversity and inclusion to the environmental movement is fundamental to build a just and healthy democracy. People of color make close to 40% of the U.S. population, and 30% of the science and engineering workforce but they do not, for example, exceed 13% of the staff in green organizations. 

  • In Colorado alone, 52% of high school students by 2020 will be Hispanic. If our rapidly shifting demographics (by 2050 1 out of 3 people in the US will be Latino) continues on the path of not only being among the most impacted by pollution but also the least integrated into the conservation movement, our ability to forge a safe and just world will be compromised. 

 

  • AFC+A’s programs elevate in particular the voices of Latino conservation and cultural leadership, fostering collaboration to better tackle environmental problems from many angles, and using arte y cultura to message environmental awareness and shared values.

  • AFC+A’s rapidly growing festival-ALEF-now in its sixth year, brings together thought-leaders of both continents to discuss the challenges at hand and propose solutions that inspire our communities to take an active role in environmental stewardship with CLIMATE SOLIDARITY: Empowering Cultural + Ecological Resilience.

 

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL REALITY IN NUMBERS

 

The Latino community in the US is suffering the brunt of the effects of air pollution and climate change. Statistics show Latinos are at the forefront of the climate crisis and are disproportionately impacted by climate change related issues:
 

  • Of the top 10 most polluted cities in the nation, six count Latinos as 40 percent or more of their populations

  • 66% Latinos live in areas that fall below the EPA's air quality safety standards--and 72% in Colorado

  • Hispanic children are 60 percent more likely to have asthma as compared to non-Latino whites

  •  Latinos are 30% more likely to visit a hospital due to asthma compared to non-Latino Whites 

  • Latinos are three times as likely to die of asthma

  • Latinos represent the highest uninsured rates of any racial/ethnic group in the US.2 In 2012, 30% of Hispanics were reported as uninsured, compared to 10.4% of non-Latino Whites

  •  1 in 5 Latino adults are unable to pay for asthma medicines, furthering the disproportionate impacts of air pollution 

  •  Spatial patterns in environmental injustice and inequality for residential outdoor nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in the US show NO2 concentrations are 40% higher for nonwhites than for whites.

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