Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
Time: January 30, 2011 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Kits - Pia Massie's home, address will sent to RSVPers, and also posted on Kits Village page
Event Neighbourhood and Type: kits, film, food, fun, transition, peak oil, permaculture, energy reduction, community self reliance
Organized By: Kits Village, Ross Moster and Pia Massie
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2011
Please join us for a potluck and screening of Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (2006, 53 min.), followed by a discussion on how this relates to Kits Village, VV, and the Transition Town movement.
When Cuba lost access to Soviet Oil in the early 1990's, the country faced an immediate crisis -- feeding the population -- and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy society. Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive farming, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one.
This film tells the story of the Cuban people's hardship, ingenuity and triumph over sudden adversity -- through cooperation, conservation and community, told in their own words. As the world approaches Peak Oil, Cuba provides a valuable example of how to successfully address the challenge of reducing our energy use.
"Everyone who is concerned about Peak Oil needs to see this film. Cuba survived an energy famine during the 1990's, and how it did so constitutes one of the most important and hopeful stories of the past few decades. It is a story not just of individual achievement, but of the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an enormous challenge."
-Richard Heinberg, author of The Party's Over, Powerdown