Cuba's Life Task: Combatting Climate Change

Thursday, January 26, 2023 - 11:30am
Discussion with filmmaker Helen Yaffe

Cuba is disproportionally vulnerable to the ravages of climate change. Up to 10% of Cuban territory could be submerged by the end of the century, wiping out coastal towns, polluting water supplies, destroying agricultural lands and forcing one million people to relocate. Finding solutions is now essential.

In this new documentary that premiered at COP26, filmmaker Helen Yaffe goes to Cuba to find out about ‘Tarea Vida’ (Life Task), a long-term state plan to protect the population, environment and the economy from climate change. The Cuban approach combines environmental science, natural solutions and community participation in strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

Since 1995, Dr. Helen Yaffe has spent time living and researching in Cuba. She is author of several books including, We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World. She is a Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow and a Visiting Fellow at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre at the London School of Economics.


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