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Cuba: A new route to sustainable development

The 21st Century is seeing a constantly increasing level of waste and pollution, with a consequent climate change. Cuba has been able to bring a new perspective, trying to find new solutions for the climate change issue. On 30 January a conference on this topic will take place in London.

 

Nathan Raia

 

Rock Around the Blockade and RCG – Revolutionary Communist Group say that there are only 11 years left to solve the climate change issue, “and it is clear that capitalism is environmentally unsustainable, with an ever-growing amount of waste and pollution churned out in the pursuit of ever-growing profits for a small ruling class. There is no such thing as green capitalism”.

But few countries have a strong commitment to facing Climate Change. And Cuba has been a pioneer. Actually, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has recognised this country as the only one in the world with sustainable development.

As an example is the fact that in 2018 30.6% of its land was covered by forest, a result of reforestation programme that began in 1998 and that brought the vegetation up to this level. A good result considering that in 1959, 11% of Cuba was forestland.

The country also has around double the growth rate of other countries in South America. That is not surprising, considering that in Havana alone 35,000 hectares of land are used for urban farming.

Additionally, Cuba has developed plans to obtain 24% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, making the country a leader in this sector. That’s why Rock Around the Blockade and RCG (Revolutionary Communist Group) are hosting the conference with “Why red is green: Cuba’s environmental success story”.

Both organizations are inviting everyone to join them and to discuss the Cuban example, launching the slogan: “The only alternative to extinction: socialism!”

Rock Around the Blockade and RCG – Revolutionary Communist Group  are two political groups that actively campaign to promote socialism as an alternative to capitalism. They believe in socialism as a solution to the problems that our society has to face in this century, including climate change.

Date and venue: Wednesday, 30 January 2019 from 7 pm. to 10 pm. at the Calthorpe Arms 252 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X8 London, United Kingdom. For further information, visit Facebook event page.

 

 

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