DVD for a Green Xmas: “How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”


Richard Moore

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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.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of The Community
Solution, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy 
solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and 
centralized way of living. Visit www.communitysolution.org for more information.

Recipient of People's Choice Award for Best International Film at Aotearoa 
Environmental Film Festival

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