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The Power Of Community DVD

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How will our society change when oil becomes scarce? Find out what we can learn from Cuba and their forced movement to local organic food and self sufficiency. This movie will help empower you towards a more sustainable and healthy future.

FORMAT: DVD - Region Free

RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes

ORIGINAL PRICE: $19.99 USD

PRICE: $19.99 USD

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"This fascinating and empowering film shows how in times of need, communities pulled together and people went back to basics - local organic food production & consumption"
- Laurentine ten Bosch, Producer/Director 'Food Matters' and 'Hungry For Change'

How Reliant Are We On Oil?

Whether you are a global warming skeptic or not, the fact remains that oil from fossil fuels is a finite resource. One day it will run out. What will the world look like and what will we do when that happens? There are so many products and services that we use in our daily life that rely on oil, either for transportation or in their manufacturing:

  • Fuel
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Food
  • Pharmaceutical medicine
  • Plastics
  • Cosmetics
  • Appliances

What Can This Film Tell Us?

Is it really possible for us to adapt in a world less reliant on oil? One place that we can start to learn is from Cuba. 'The Power of Community; How Cuba Survived Peak Oil' examines how Cuba survived major oil shortages and managed to transform their transport and agricultural systems and turn their country around for the better.

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 award winning film '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.

Why Is This Information So Relevant Now?

Many people are seeing the move toward a sustainable future as imperative. There are now many towns where local residents are setting up 'Transition Towns'. A transition town is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic instability. Transition towns promote the strategy of relocalization - building societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and local governance and culture. Sometimes we can't wait for our governments to be there for us, so we have to take action ourselves.

"This is such an inspiring film! What we should all be doing now is preserving and reclaiming lost agricultural land, promoting community gardens and organic agriculture"- Adrien Burke, San Diego CA

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

  • "This incredible documentary proves necessity is the mother of invention. Cuba now boasts 90% organic farming, and has myriad solutions to deal with the paucity of oil. This movie is fascinating, educational and empowering. After viewing this documentary I no longer fear Peak Oil."- Bill J. - Maui, Hawaii
  • "This DVD on peak oil in Cuba is excellent. It showed how, with the impact of the US embargo and the associated lack of trade and oil from Russia, that the Cubans had to improvise to survive. The movie presented pictures of what life was like in Cuba, but most importantly showed how they started vegetable gardens for their food. Also, since they no longer received fertilizers, they had to learn how to implement organic farming without fertilizers. In the end, all of this was good for the Cubans and should inspire us in the US to follow their example."- William Dewe - Milwaukee, WI
  • "What we should be doing now is preserving and reclaiming lost agricultural land, promoting community gardens, getting rid of useless, costly, water- and petroleum-wasting, environmentally insensitive lawns, and reintroducing horses and other livestock wherever possible. What we are doing instead is the opposite."- Adrien Burke, San Diego, CA

Previous Customer Reviews


Timothy commented on 18-May-2012 04:36 AM5 out of 5 stars
I'm assuming you mean meidcal supplies. Contact not just tourists toronto or wherever in canada. They can locate any Hospital, clinic,you name it, close to whatever resort you are staying at. and any procedure you need.Otherwise you can just bring any
thing you want. Practically anybody knows about this stuff. We have been doing it for years . The only problem is that it doesn't get in the hands of the black market.If you are bringing metal that is sufficient to set off metal detectors or be found on x-ray
at the airports they will want to check your bag and you don't have paperwork you have to be cautious what you say or they will confiscate whatever you have.Many people have brought some of the craziest things to Cuba in their suitcase. Depending on what you
are bringing njt.toronto will know what to do.If all else fails bring it anyway, everybody in Cuba knows their local doctor, clinic, hospital and you personally can deliver it.
Sara Rawlings commented on 03-Dec-2010 02:23 PM2 out of 5 stars
So important that we get this message around to all communities.



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What others are saying

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Timothy commented on 18-May-2012 04:36 AM5 out of 5 stars
I'm assuming you mean meidcal supplies. Contact not just tourists toronto or wherever in canada. They can locate any Hospital, clinic,you name it, close to whatever resort you are staying at. and any procedure you need.Otherwise you can just bring any
thing you want. Practically anybody knows about this stuff. We have been doing it for years . The only problem is that it doesn't get in the hands of the black market.If you are bringing metal that is sufficient to set off metal detectors or be found on x-ray
at the airports they will want to check your bag and you don't have paperwork you have to be cautious what you say or they will confiscate whatever you have.Many people have brought some of the craziest things to Cuba in their suitcase. Depending on what you
are bringing njt.toronto will know what to do.If all else fails bring it anyway, everybody in Cuba knows their local doctor, clinic, hospital and you personally can deliver it.
Sara Rawlings commented on 03-Dec-2010 02:23 PM2 out of 5 stars
So important that we get this message around to all communities.