Episode 100! Cuba's Life Task

Monday, July 25, 2022

This week on our centenary! 100 episodes! We can't thank you all enough for supporting the show and listening to four Northerners (Alex is honorary) discuss and discover how we can make a Green New deal that could save humanity from fossil capitalism.  Onwards and upwards. This weeks episode is a corker.

Cuba like all countries has to deal with the climate crisis . To add to that immense task, Cuba has had deal with  crushing economic sanctions from the US. After the fall of the soviet union Cuba lost access to oil and had to reshape its economy away from fossil fuels.  So how did they do it?

This week are delighted to be  joined by Dr Helen Yaffe. Helen is a Visiting Fellow at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and a Lecturer in Economic and Social History in the University of Glasgow. Helen is a specialist in the economic development of Cuba, and the economic ideas of Che Guevara.

We discussed how protection of the natural world was enshrined in the Cuban constitution, what collective acts were taken during the special period to move away from fossil fuels and how Cuba worked with it's citizens to transform the economy.


Shout Outs

Cuban environmentalists

And the full GND Media team for making it to episode 100!