Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March Detroit Abides - The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

March 9, 2009
Contact: Gregg Newsom
Phone: 313.316.1411

Eastern Market’s Detroit Abides opens a discussion on Peak Oil with a free screening of The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.

Detroit, Michigan, March 9, 2009
- 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 pm. 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.

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. 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 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" 313.316.1411

On the third Wednesday of every month DETROIT ABIDES screens a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community.


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About Detroit Evolution Laboratory - The Lab is a unique space in Detroit's historic Eastern Market dedicated to the health, joy and liberation of all beings. The Lab offers yoga, vegan and raw food classes, catering, nutritional consultation and meal planning. Individual bodywork, reiki and NLP sessions are also available. The Lab is also dedicated to sustainable practices and presents workshops on these and other topics to assist in and inspire a New Detroit.

About Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit - Bioneers comprise a network of visionary innovators working to build a sustainable, positive and creative future for the web of life. Bioneers is a nonprofit organization that promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth and communities. The Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference combines local sessions, solutions and events with international innovations. This year's conference is October 16 – 18 and will be held on the Marygrove College campus in Detroit.

About Eastern Market Corporation - Eastern Market is located between Gratiot and Mack, bordered by St. Aubin and the I-75 service drive—just northeast of downtown Detroit. The Market is open on Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, contact 313-833-9300 or visit the website at

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