The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Detroit Evolution Laboratory, and Eastern Market Corporation are pleased to present a free screening of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil on Wednesday, March 18th from 7 – 9 pmat Eastern Market Shed 5.

This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. After the film we will open a discussion on the reality of Peak Oil and what it means to those of us living in an auto industry dependent region.

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. They share how they transitioned from highly mechanized agriculture to using organic farming and urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis. The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time 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, is an example of options and hope.

For this casual event, please bring a comfortable seat. Though Shed 5 is enclosed and heated, it’s a large space so bringing sweaters, blankets and friends is advised. Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Shed.

For more information or to get involved call “The Lab” at (313) 316-1411.



  1. Alan

    Great flick.

    Cuba during it’s “special period” (early-mid 90s)
    is a wonderful model of what a nation can do to
    become sustainable. This era in Cuba’s history
    should be the subject of careful study by anyone
    interested in positive outcomes to the predicament
    of the U.S. We will soon be in the same jam, or
    worse. Unfortunately, our “leaders” are clueless,
    and will remain so until the whole ship capsizes
    (which it is in the process of doing, as we speak).

    Interesting times.

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