The Transition Towns movement is a campaign to create more sustainable communities which reduce their carbon footprint, are less reliant on fossil fuels and equip people with the skills to respond to the changing circumstances which diminishing fossil fuels will cause. It encourages people to “Think globally and act locally” and take steps to limit fuel usage and environmental impact. As part of their objective to create a more sustainable society, Arboretum Marbella have organised a series of monthly film screenings about this global movement at FNAC, La Cañada.
The first screening took place on the 8th June, entitled “The Power of Community, How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”. The film detailed the challenges which Cuban people faced during their “Special Period” in 1990, when the collapse of the Soviet Union and US Sanctions left them with scarce fuel resources and led to wide spread power cuts and food shortages.
It illustrated that by working together and making simple changes in the way people lived and worked, they were able to overcome the crisis, whilst creating a more sustainable and healthier community. Their changes included; implementing small scale sustainable agriculture in cities and towns, going back to low-energy farming techniques, using bikes and public transport rather than cars and using alternative energy sources to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
This crisis mimicked the Peak Oil problem which experts predict will start to affect both the price and availability of oil over the coming decades. It is a case study which can be followed to limit the impact of peak oil in the future and conserve fuel resources.
The next free screening, entitled “The Crude Awakening”, takes place on 13th July at 19.00 at FNAC, La Cañada, Marbella and looks at the problems caused by diminishing fossil fuels, outlining how they can be overcome.
There will be monthly screenings running until October, these will take place on the 10th August, 14th September and 12th October at 19.00. These screenings will inform people about the different aspects of the Transition Towns initiative and prepare the way for a conference of national significance on 27th October, which will feature highly influential speakers including the co-founder of the Transition Network and author of the Transition Handbook, Rob Hopkins.
Visitors can reserve their space via Facebook /ArboretumMarbella