An Evening with Inspiring Permaculture Educator – Roberto Perez

Channel Living invites members and guests to a special screening of the inspiring transition documentary “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” followed by a presentation and discussion with Cuban National, Permaculture activist and inspiring globetrotting educator, Roberto Perez.

When:  Friday 9  November 2012
Where: Westwinds Community Centre, Woodbridge
What time: Doors open at 6pm for a 6:15pm start
Cost: $10
Share some warm chai with us. We also wouldn't say ‘no’ if you would like to bring along a plate of something to share afterwards.  Part of the monies raised from this event will go towards Roberto’s travel expenses.
What's it about
As a refresher and energiser for all out there working towards the transition to a sustainable future for Tasmania through lessons learned by another small island, come and hear the personal experience of a leading sustainability activist who lived through a real and dramatic period of transition.
If you can’t make it to the film or if perhaps like many have already seen this very special documentary numerous times, please come along at 7:30pm to hear Roberto’s presentation and be part of the discussion which will make up the second half of the evening.
About Roberto Perez
Based in Havana, Roberto is coordinator of the environmental education programs for FANJ (Foundation for Nature and Humanity) and travels internationally for conferences and speaking tours to share the story of the Cuban people’s efforts to attain food security through urban food production systems.
The Film: The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
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.

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