I have recently returned from Cuba where I was helping to film the first leg of a sustainability documentary. With two time Oscar winner, Deborah Shaffer, & Author Jim Merkel, we saw a side of Cuba that the American media chooses not to cover. We ventured to learn what Cuban's, especially the women, had to share from their decades of experience in family planning, life with scant fossil fuels, free education and healthcare to all, and small scale organic food systems. These are among the people and the ingredients that make Cuba among the worlds most sustainable populations in the world (http://www.footprintnetwork.org/ecological_footprint_nations/ecological_per_capita.html).
Throughout the next few months we'll share some of our experience, and let you meet the incredible people who so warmly opened their lives and homes to us, so stay tuned for more entries.
Below is a picture from the Casimiro farm, a place I call a Permaculture Paradise!
On the left is the Casimiro women, middle is director Deborah Shaffer, local sound person Susana Zamirino, Cuban film commision member Ronnie, and myself. Photo by our Cuban fixer Pedro Martin.