How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1721584909067928384

Quoted from site;

41:25 – 3 years ago

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 http://www.communitysolution.org for more information. Film length = 53mins Plus 4 extras at the end (after the credits) Student Agriculture, Eco Village, Rural Solar Power & Architecture (less than 2mins each)”

I ran across this video on Cuba in 2007 – I am still sure it is as relevant today as ever before. Can you imagine our citizens from coast to coast working in communities like this. This is what desperation looks like. No judgement using the word desperate either. I simply say, when things get bad enough we put away our differences and we can come together.

“It’s like the man who jumped off the top of a ten story building. As he passed by each window bar, he yelled “All right so far.”

How close to the bottom do we have to get?

 

 

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