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Films: "Velorution" and "Greening of Cuba"
Date Monday March 07
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location Details
Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Hall
505 East Charleston, Palo Alto
(Wheelchair accessible)
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorPeninsula Peace and Justice Center - Paul or Julia
"Velorution: One City's Solution to the Automobile": When trade relations with the socialist block collapsed in 1990, Cuba lost 80% of their oil supply. "Velorution" documents how they bought 1.2 million bicycles, switched bus factories to bicycle manufacturing, educated riders, changed the city of Havana to accommodate bikes, posted bicycle signs, did job swaps to reduce length of commutes, and in the process created more human interaction and community.

"The Greening of Cuba": Another result of that collapse was that Cuba lost most of its pesticide and fertilizer imports and half its petroleum – the mainstays of highly industrialized agriculture. Challenged with growing food for 11 million in the face of the continuing U.S. embargo, Cuba embarked on the largest conversion to organic farming ever attempted. Told in the voices of the campesinos, researchers, and organic gardeners who are leading the organic agriculture movement, "The Greening of Cuba" reminds us that developed and developing nations alike can choose a healthier environment and still feed their people.

The films will be followed by an open discussion led by Ana Perez, Director of Global Exchange's Cuba Program.

Suggested donation $5 - $10. Sponsored by:
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center - http://www.peaceandjustice.org
World Centric - http://www.worldcentric.org
Peace Umbrella of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto - http://www.uucpa.org
Added to the calendar on Friday Mar 4th, 2005 3:34 PM
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