Center for the Environment Hosts Film April 9

Posted: March 31, 2008

On Wednesday, April 9, at 4:30 pm in Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College's Center for the Environment, in collaboration with NOFA/Gardening the Community, will host a screening of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. The film highlights the creativity of the Cuban people during the 1990s, when the collapse of the Soviet Union forced a radical transformation of Cuba's society and economy. A discussion will follow the viewing of the one-hour film.

The film depicts how a society dependant on fossil fuels was able to rise from the hardships of an economic crisis to completely transition its once mechanized, industrial system to its current system of organic farming, urban gardens, and more sustainable energy and transportation. The Power of Community portrays what is possible when a community is faced with no choice but to massively reduce fossil fuel consumption. It offers hope to a fossil-fuel addicted society, like the U.S., for the time when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever.

This event seeks to bring the Mount Holyoke College community together with local organizations already engaged in organic farming, urban gardens, alternative energy, and sustainable modes of transportation.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of The Community Solution, a nonprofit organization that designs and teaches about sustainable energy solutions. The film received the People's Choice Award for Best International Film at the Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

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Center for the Environment

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil