Thank you for joining us to celebrate our third One Ocean Film Festival, on April 24. We are excited about this year’s films and clips, focused on the Loreto and La Paz areas. Seating is extremely limited, so please do not delay completing your reservation.
We can’t possibly share all the magic that this event will support in a few words. Eco-Alianza educators began guiding groups of Loreto children to “Discover the Nature of the Marine Park” well over a decade ago. The sense of wonder was palpable. Very few children had ever set foot on any of the Park’s islands, nor had 75 percent of their teachers. “Science came to life” for these children. That program has now grown into workshops, science clubs, and networks of inspired young environmental leaders and educators.
Eco-Alianza’s environmental education programs embrace the well-documented fact that children, engaged in hands-on science learning before age 12, have a propensity to carry environmental consciousness throughout their lives. An awareness of the effectiveness of our program has spread throughout Baja, and led to the Director of the Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and the Head of the Museum in Bahia de Los Angeles to ask us to duplicate our programs there.
Most Eco-Alianza programs are funded primarily through foundation grants, but grants for environmental education in México are few and far between. We normally rely on our November GALA to provide funding for this part of our mission, but as you may know, we were unable to hold our GALA last year. Our growing suite of environmental education programs is at risk and we need your help. That is why this year our film festival is a fundraising event. Your most generous support will be felt for years to come, as the Loretano youth blossom into scientists and environmental leaders. All proceeds from this year’s festival will be earmarked for our environmental education programs and partnerships.
So again, THANK YOU for your generous support!! If you are making reservations for more than one person, please provide names of all attendees in the “comment” link at the bottom of the form.