Urban Permaculture Info Evening. Featuring film: ‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’

We are organizing this very special info evening because it is time we started taking alternatives seriously. There is a lot of hope needed to survive this latest wave of shock style neo-liberal policies that are rolling back year’s worth of struggle and initiative economically, socially and ecologically.

Together we can create the support and the reality we need to continue with dignity and give meaning to our lives and the lives of others. Providing food is one of the most fundamental ways to empower ourselves and bring people together. And yes we can do that in cities too. To get the ball rolling we’d like to invite you to enjoy some inspiring tales with us. There will be speakers from Cuba, Australia and our beloved SWOMP in Amsterdam. There will also be luxurious tasty snacks from urban farms, which you can enjoy as you kick back and watch the movie.

Featuring film: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (Faith Morgan 2006, 53′).
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 http://www.powerofcommunity.org/cm/index.php
Freestate SWOMP http://swomp.wordpress.com/
Urban Permaculture: An Introduction http://perma-intro.blogspot.com/

The info evening and the food are starting at 20:00. Free entrance, no reservation, donations welcome.

19-12-2010 Urban Permaculture Info Evening. Featuring film: 'The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil'