The Power of Community How Cuba Survived Peak Oil Documentary

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half and food by 80 percent people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis the massive reduction of fossil fuels is an example of options and hope.

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Comment by Bridge Scully on March 5, 2010 at 3:36pm
Nice one Pete, cool to see this here. Transistion Tairawhiti are screening the film at the Dome Theatre in Gisborne next Tuesday night. Its the first of many films that are being publicly shown to create more awareness amongst our community, and hopefully get more on board the TT movement.

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