The Power of Community
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
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 Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, 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.
A new film! Passive House Revolution
We are completing our new documentary on the German Passive House method of building, which reduces heating and cooling energy use by 80%! This film is an important tool for increasing awareness about the need to build to this energy standard. It is a proven way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, which account for 48% of all U.S. emissions. Donations to help us with this project are greatly appreciated - www.communitysolution.org/donate or to learn more go to www.passivehouserevolution.org.
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