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Friday, 20 February 2009

Free film screening, 25 March


Transition Westcombe will be holding a free film screening on 25 March, open to all.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a fascinating documentary about how Cuba suffered but then rallied to survive its own artificial peak oil moment in the early 1990s. Oil imports fell by more than half when its main supplier, the Soviet Union, collapsed. The effects were devastating.

The problems of Cuba's 'special period' - and especially the country's collaborative, co-operative and creative response - holds valuable lessons for the rest of us as we continue to consume 5 barrels of oil for every new one we discover and, unlike many peak oil films, it's not bleak but instead inspiring, motivating and rather beautiful.

The film is under an hour long, so little danger of numb bums, and it will also be a chance to learn more about Transition Westcombe and the transition idea generally, for those who have questions, or a chance to get involved for those who want to.

The venue is St George's Church in Kirkside Road, who have kindly allowed us to put the screening on there. We'll start at 7.30pm, but feel free to arrive a little early to say hello to others.

Feel free to spread the word to anyone you think might be interested. If you're the member of a local organisation, do tell the other members.

1 comment:

Gary (Coexist) said...

An absolutely fantastic film. After learning of the "theory" of Peak Oil and the dramatic change it will cause on a global scale, this film brought me back to earth. This film demonstrates that the change to a more sustainable lifestyle is possible on a scale "country-wide" and that the arrival of Peak Oil doesn't necessarily mean some sort of "Mad-Max" post apocalyptic scenario is the only way to go.

Well worth the watch