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Film: The Power of Community: How Cuba survived Peak Oil

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Unitarian Church of Calgary

1703 1 Street NW

Calgary, Alberta T2M 4P4

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In the early 1990s, Cuba faced the dual dilemma of the Soviet Union’s collapse and the United States’ tightening of the trade embargo. What resulted was a deep recession dubbed the Special Period. With oil imports dropping by nearly two-thirds, Cuba, formerly the most industrialized country in Latin America, suffered deeply from the lack of pesticides, gas and other petroleum-based products, resulting in severe health, transportation and social problems. Through a series of interviews of local farmers, permaculturists and urban planners, the viewer gets a feel for the struggle the Cuban population went through to transform their country: this story is of the Cuban people’s intelligent, forward-thinking response to the crisis. The crisis mimics what would happen in the event of a sudden oil shortage, serving as a valuable lesson on how to adapt to the impending end of the fossil fuel economy.

Doors open 6:30, Coffee and edibles 6:40, Film 7:00. Discussion to follow. Admission is free. Donations accepted to cover expenses. Bring a dessert or appetizer to share.

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