Learning From Cuba, Part Three
I tend to think about the
A talk by Rachel Bruhnke from the Cuba-US Sustainability Project points clearly to the fact that the embargo also constitutes an environmental crime not just against Cubans, but against civilization at large.
It’s not just that the American people were prevented from seeing themselves how Cubans responded to their sudden loss of oil after the fall of the Soviet Union, or how the public health sector has continually responded to disasters and emergencies so successfully (especially by comparison to their wealthy North American neighbors).
It seems that Americans are just not supposed to see the “real”
When you consider the vast amount of travel required to get goods into
“To inhibit the progress of a dialogue on environmental solutions is a crime,” says Bruhnke, suggesting that “the example of
Traditional hostilities, in the form of recently expanded travel restrictions, have also prevented scientific exchanges in the area of environmental management of water resources, and on the very important topic of renewable energy. Sure, this hurts Cubans, but it also hurts… everybody, including Americans.
How much are we willing to hurt ourselves in order to hurt
The lessons of
Among the homegrown innovations (for which Cubans are already known) was their development of bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers to substitute for petrochemical products (according to The Community Solution, today
In the farms, they replaced heavy machinery with oxen, and developed systems that would limit the need for long deliveries whenever possible. It’s estimated that up to 50 percent of the vegetables served in
And, yes, they managed to maintain free education and health care, a fact that continues to irk conservatives across the lake. With 2 percent of the population of
My Cuban brothers and sisters across the Straits have done the seemingly impossible to survive and care for their children. The test of adversity is not new to Cubans.