Peak oil survivor to visit

Cuban permaculturalist and star of the documentary The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, Roberto Perez (pictured), will be speaking in Nimbin and Lismore next week.

Robertos visit has been co-ordinated by permaculture pioneer Robyn Francis of Djanbung Gardens in Nimbin, who was instrumental in establishing the Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange.

Roberto is travelling to Australia as part of that exchange and Robyn will visit Cuba during the next stage of the project.

Roberto is looking forward to the visit. The Cubans feel deeply grateful to Australia for bringing permaculture to Cuba in 1993 and look forward to positive outcomes through the Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange for both countries in the development of sustainable culture, said Robyn. Australia has much to learn from the Cuban experience as we address the changes required to reduce our fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions. Australians have one of the largest carbon footprints on the planet, and emit more carbon through the food we eat than from electricity and motor vehicle use.

Food security, urban agriculture and organic farming will be some of the focal issues addressed by Roberto during his presentations. The Nimbin evening with Roberto will also provide the public with insights into Cuban life, public transport, health and housing, and its unique decentralised government system where residents can recall elected representatives that dont deliver or perform for community benefit.

Roberto is speaking at Djanbung Gardens in Nimbin next Friday, March 14, from 6.30pm and then on Saturday, March 15, at Southern Cross University from 9am to 3pm. To book your spot in Nimbin phone 6689 1755 or 0429 147 138, or for Lismore phone 6625 0565 or 0448 537 422.

Following his local commitments, Roberto will travel to Sydney as keynote speaker for the ninth Australian Permaculture Convergence.


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