Frequently asked questions

What is ALEF About?

  • -ALEF is the largest multicultural environmental annual event of its kind leveraging Latino leadership for conservation gains.
  • -ALEF establishes a home for advocates from leading organizations with Latino constituencies and environmental mandates.
  • -ALEF calls for an integrated local and national conservation agenda committed to advancing Latino's connection with nature and experience of the outdoors that in turn may inspire future stewardship of our natural resources.
  • -From October 13-15, 2016 Advocates, conservation enthusiasts, national media, policy makers, and leaders from the leading organizations representing Latino constituencies and environmental mandates as well as 5,000+ community at large, will gather to support leaders as conservation messengers to use their own cultural values to connect the protection of our natural resources with their communities and advocate for leadership development through increased Latino engagement with the outdoors.
  • -ALEF is happening in Colorado, a key state in America’s energy and climate debate and a key state in this country’s rapidly shifting demographics. By 2021, fifty-two percent of high school students in the state will be Hispanic.

What are ALEF's Goals?

  • -Validate the contributions of Latino communities to the conservation movement, showcasing an environmental legacy and core values
  • -Partner with community leaders and organizations to advocate for conservation issues
  • -Educate community at large, media, and political influencers on conservation attitudes and values of the Latino community that prove a strong and leading disposition to protect our natural resources
  • -Enhance awareness to the Latino community’s support for conservation through media and communication campaign
  • -Expose campaigns of disinformation and stereotypes that attempt to disenfranchise Latinos from the conservation movement
  • -Support the Latino community engagement in outdoors recreation, advocating for greater and equitable access to green space, public lands and enjoyment of the outdoors
  • -Advocate for an integrated local and national conservation agenda committed to advancing Latino's connection with nature and experience of the outdoors that in turn may inspire future stewardship of our natural resources.

Who is Involved?

  • -Latino-led conservation organizations
  • -America’s largest conservation groups
  • -Environmental leaders from across the country, representing advocacy, government, arts, faith, health, business, education, and science
  • -Policy makers and advocates committed to environmental justice
  • -Multicultural audiences

Why is it Important?

  • -Latinos are at the forefront of the climate crisis; studies show that minorities, and Latino and African Americans in particular, are disproportionately impacted by climate change related issues. (1) Of the top 10 most polluted cities in the nation, six count Latinos as 40 percent or more of their populations (2) 66% Latinos live in areas that fall below the EPA's air quality safety standards--and 72% in Colorado (3) Hispanic children are 60 percent more likely to have asthma as compared to non-Latino whites (4) Latinos are 30% more likely to visit a hospital due to asthma compared to non-Latino Whites (5) Latinos are three times as likely to die of asthma (5) 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 (6) 1 in 5 Latino adults are unable to pay for asthma medicines, furthering the disproportionate impacts of air pollution (8) 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.
  • -ALEF ignites a Climate of Hope among influencers and activists from the US and Latin American communities, joining a global tide of action to help solve the climate crisis.
  • -ALEF raises the voices of Latinos on critical issues, in a critical place, at a critical time; and it offers easy, incremental opportunities for traditional environmental groups to continue diversifying their approach to conservation advocacy, whether by participating, donating, and/or joining in to amplify the important stories coming out of the festival.
  • -ALEF is happening in Colorado, a key state in America’s energy and climate debate. It is happening in October, on the eve of an important election year for the state and the nation.
  • -ALEF is bringing together a powerful combination of Latino-led and traditional non-profit conservation organizations and initiatives: GreenLatinos, Protegete (a project of Conservation Colorado), NRDC, Voces Verdes, Earthjustice, World Wildlife Fund, Waterkeeper Alliance, Hispanic Access Foundation, Sachamama, Latinos Outdoors, La Madre Tierra, the Climate Reality Project, and more.
  • -Climate is a personal issue for Latinos*: (a) Latinos are more likely than non-Latino whites to view global warming as a problem that affects them personally and more likely to support policies, such as taxes and regulations on greenhouse gas pollution, aimed at curbing it (b) 54% of Latinos see climate change as something that is extremely important to them personally, much higher than the 37% of whites who answered in the same way (c) 67% of Latinos predict that they’d be hurt personally if nothing is done to stop global warming, an opinion shared by only half of white Americans (d) 63% of Latinos show broad federal action to slow climate change, compared with less than half of whites (e) Nine out of 10 Latinos, the nation's largest minority group at 50 million strong, want the federal government to take action on carbon emissions and the threat of climate change.

*Poll conducted Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future