New Meeting: Movie/Discussion: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

From: Robyn
Sent on: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:38 PM
Announcing a new meeting for The NYC Social Justice Movie & Dinner Meetup!

What: Movie/Discussion: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When: Friday, March 28, 6:45 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meeting Description: We have been invited by Dan Miner, organizer of the NYC Peak Oil Meetup and AO of the New York City Sierra Club Meetup to join these groups for the following movie on Friday. Dan will be stepping in as guest host for the screening and a bite to eat afterward.

What: Movie: "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil"

Followed by facilitated discussion.

When: Friday, March 28, 7:00 PM

Where: 6th Street Community Center
638 East 6th Street, Manhattan (between Avenues B and C)

Suggested donation $5

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and imports of oil were reduced 50% and food 80%, Cuba was faced with instant peak oil. 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 during "The Special Period" they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to local, urban gardens using organic methods of farming.

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. World peak oil production is expected to peak by 2015.


A second screening of the film is also planned for:

Thursday April 10, 7 PM
15th Street Friends Meeting House
15 Rutherford Place, Manhattan, (15th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

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Sierra Club NYC's new report Sustainable Energy Independence for NYC calls on city officials to form an energy volatility task force, as has been done in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to prepare for volatile energy supply and price. It sets out recommendations to step up NYC's sustainability initiatives in transportation, buildings, agriculture and electricity generation. Get the report at

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Sponsored by:

Sierra Club NYC Group
Neighborhood Energy Network
Tristate Food Not Lawns
Oil Awareness Meetup
6th Street Community Center
15th Street Meeting House: Friends in Unity with Nature

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