How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
See also: The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (Video)
Cuba lost most of its oil supply almost overnight with
the collapse of the Soviet union in the early 1990s. Cuba was able
to cope extremely
the extreme changes necessary in the face of a drastically reduced
(as we in the Western world will ourselves undergo in the next 5-10
years). North Korea (see link to article below on this page) did
not fare nearly so well. Personally
I think it will be unlikely that Western countries will
be able to respond
so well as did Cuba—mainly because we have a culture
that encourages and rewards individual and corporate competition
(rather than co-operation),
and requires ongoing
growth to keep the financial system from collapsing.
Notwithstanding the above, the example of Cuba is
extremely inspiring, and the more of us in the West that are able
to learn from such an
example, and act accordingly, the better off we shall all
be in the years to come.
is an excellent article (in PDF format) about the Cuban
response to their oil crisis.
is an good article comparing the situation in Cuba with
that of North Korea, after losing much of their oil supply in the
early 1990s due to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Power of Community
documentary has been made about the Cuban response to their own
Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil", which
I highly recommend. It costs about USD$20 to order it in DVD format.
This is a particularly excellent resource
to show to groups of people—especially those people who
may be put off or frightened by the usual kind of peak oil material
that explains the problem well, but does not offer much in the
way of possible solutions.
Everyone who is concerned about Peak Oil needs to see this
film. Cuba survived an energy famine during the 1990s, and how it
constitutes one of the most important and hopeful stories of the
past few decades. It is a story not just of individual achievement,
but of the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an
enormous challenge. Lest the point be missed, I will underscore it:
this particular challenge – the problem of energy scarcity
is one we will all be facing very soon.
review taken from www.thecommunitysolution.org.
You can listen
to an interview with Megan Quinn, one of the makers of this movie
(for free) in MP3 audio format, and you can also watch it in streaming
video (real media format), if your internet connection is fast enough.
the one about
Cuba. I found this interview to be extremely inspiring,
and if you are at all concerned about peak oil, I highly recommend
either watching or listening to it. Many of the other episodes look like they might be interesting also.
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (Video)
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