Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Search the University of Manchester siteSearch Menu StaffNet

What if ... Manchester was as sustainable as Havana?

21 May 2012

Thursday 14 June 2012 (7-9pm) at The Manchester Museum.

Once upon a time, Havana, like Manchester, was a city dependent on fossil fuels. But after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the oil supply rapidly dried up, and almost overnight, Cuba faced a major food and transportation crisis.

Havana by necessity had to make the transition to being a sustainable city. Now, it has almost 200 urban allotments, helping the country to become 90% self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables, and hitchhiking and carpooling are commonplace.

As the oil runs out and we address the threat of climate change, how will Manchester have to change? What does a sustainable Manchester look like - where does its food come from, and how do people get around? Can we learn lessons from Havana?

Chaired by:


Free, but registration required via:

Part of: