View Cuban Permaculture Film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Tony Rollinson
Friday, 2nd September 2011

London people have the chance to see the ground breaking film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil and meet Roberto Perez, one of the key people involved in Cuba's permaculture revolution. There is local food to share and other urban growers to meet.

This month the Permaculture Picturehouse welcomes Roberto Perez, the Cuban Permaculture activist featured in the film The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Roberto is to share some of the insights and experience of a fossil fuel free future, community and food from his mother country.

Russell Warfield from Foodcycle will also be there to demonstrate the numerous ways in which we can close the food cycle in urban centres. This group of inspired individuals are getting out there and their model is spreading across the UK.

This month's event takes place on Tuesday 6th September 2011. Doors open 7pm. Address: Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Rd, London, E8, off Kingsland Road, behind the Haggerston pub. Make sure you arrive in time to get a plate of their home cooked, locally grown Courgette Puff Pie with a Fennel & Potato Salad and Green Leaves in Raspberry Dressing.

Climate change and peak oil are on many people's minds. The big question is how do we make the transition to a low energy society, and what would such a society be like? One place to look for answers is Cuba. When the country lost access to Soviet oil, fertilisers and export trade markets in the early 1990s it faced a rapid economic collapse and an immediate crisis - that of feeding the population. The story of the Cuban people's hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity, through co-operation, conservation, and community is fast becoming the model that many people are taking inspiration from.

Cuba's experience is explained in the award-winning documentary film, The Power of Community, in which Roberto features, has become an inspiration to the transition town movement in the UK. To bring the model alive leading Cuban permaculture designer, Roberto Perez, is in Britain this September, to share the Cuban experience. Roberto Perez is a Cuban permaculturist and environmental educator who was involved in work to develop urban food growing in the Special Period to increase Cuba's food security, using permaculture techniques which seek sustainable solutions by following nature's patterns.

Roberto attributes much of the success of Cuba's urban agriculture and food security to the introduction of permaculture by a group of Australian trainers during the early years of the Cuban crisis; the city of Havana now produces over 60% of its fruit and salad vegetables within the city and peri-urban areas thanks to the permaculture approach.


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