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Arte – Cuba: A Paradise on the Brink (2017) 2of2 The Blue Island

Cuba A Paradise on the Brink Series 1 2of2 The Blue Island
Cuba: A Paradise on the Brink
Cuba is at a crossroad. On one side: 50 years of isolation from the modern world has preserved an ecological paradise. The other: Profits. The two-part series plunges us right into a race against time. Leading the pack is Cuban scientist dedicated to creating nature reserves before the sweeping changes on the horizon make it too late. Marveling at the unspoiled beauty of this long-isolated Nature Isle we learn the urgent need to protect the future of an ecological jewel. Will the almighty dollar destroy this eco wonderland?

Part 1: The Green Island
On one side, the past: 50 years of isolation from the modern world has preserved an ecological paradise. Etc. Foreign tourists were confined to a few stretches of seacoast. But the authoritarian nightmare that Cubans endured on a daily basis left an unforeseen legacy. Poor as they are, they possess riches beyond measure. Cuba is a Garden of Eden: the last large-scale example of what the Caribbean was like a hundred years ago.


Part 2: The Blue Island
During these 50 years, rules and regulations were the order of the day. Restrictions and outright bans applied to owning a boat, diving, fishing hunting, cutting down trees, farming, manufacturing, construction, etc. Foreign tourists were confined to a few stretches of seacoast. But the authoritarian nightmare that Cubans endured on a daily basis left an unforeseen legacy. Poor as they are, they possess riches beyond measure.
On one side, the past: 50 years of isolation from the modern world has preserved an ecological paradise.

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