DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Colorado has been selected today to be the home of the 2nd annual Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF) taking place in Denver and Boulder, September 11-15, 2014. The event, A New Shade of Green, is produced by Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) and is presented in part by The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and The Dairy Center for the Arts. In addition, ALEF will be launching the Hemispheric Conservation Latino Network (HCLN), a network about Latinovating environmental advocacy and the forging of a hemispheric coalition of Latino conservation leaders across national borders.
ALEF will welcome celebrities, artists, scientists, and community and public policy leaders of the Americas to discuss the environmental and health problems our communities face, to propose solutions and to awaken diverse communities to take an active role in the environmental movement. Some celebrities include environmental global leader Jean-Michel Cousteau and actor/social activist and educator, Edward James Olmos.
The joint mission is to reconnect Latin Americans with this “green” legacy. With a motto of “A New Shade of Green,” ALEF promotes environmental awareness by curating a novel annual platform for dialogue and mobilization for a just society and universal access to a healthy environment.
Fifty organizations and 50 key leaders that include activist celebrities, public figures, charismatic grassroots mentors, artists, and scientists will help advance the vision of igniting a Pan American environmental consciousness and the diversification of the conservation movement. Twenty-five of the initial members of HCLN will be present at the festival. HCLN is already making an impact.
A full schedule will be released in July. Some of the ALEF highlights include: 50 presenters, 20 films with five directors, a K-12 Eco Exhibit called “Migrating Birds of the Americas” with 20 schools, 10 arts exhibits with seven artists present for workshops, a Family Day with a Latinovating Food Fiesta, a Green Goods Fair, a Migrar en Palabras Book Expo, a Performance Fest, and a Green Colorado Entrepreneurs Challenge.