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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:14 PM

Why Cuba’s Sustainability is Not an Accident

Why Cuba’s Sustainability is Not an Accident

April 23, 2012
2:30 pm

Written by Rachel Cernansky

Cuba gets a lot of attention for sustainable practices it has adopted over the last few decades, but they’re often framed as accidental choices—that embargo restrictions have made it difficult to get things like pesticides and traditional building materials and so has ended up with sustainable architecture and agriculture because it had no other choice.

Although that’s true to some degree, it’s an unfair generalization in many ways.

Cuba is home to the Caribbean’s largest and best-preserved wetland area, the Cienaga de Zapata Biosphere Reserve, and some statistics show that Cuba’s protected lands overall have grown by 43 percent since 1986.

A bicycle culture has taken hold, and whether or not that started accidentally, Havana officials have worked to make the streets safer for cyclists by adding bike lanes and offering a bus to take cyclists to and from the center of downtown so that they don’t have to ride along cars and trucks on busy roads ...

More here: http://houstoncommunistparty.com/why-cubas-sustainability-is-not-an-accident/

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