Frozen in Time: Cuba’s Pristine Coral Reefs and Their Future After the Embargo

Presented with the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development

Discussion with Marine Biologist Dr. David E. Guggenheim and Cuban representatives

“60 Minutes” Segment with Anderson Cooper

Cubaв’s exceptionally healthy and vibrant ecosystems illustrate the advantages of Cubaв’s taking a different path from its more industrialized neighbors. Despite the dramatic decline of Caribbean coral reefs, Cuba’s reefs remain astonishingly healthy, especially in an area known as Gardens of the Queen, Cuba’s first marine protected area, now a National Park and one of the worldв’s most pristine and vibrant coral reefs. Join us for a screening of the Edward R. Murrow Award-winning segment of “60 Minutes,” that takes you on an underwater adventure off the Cuban coast to visit Gardens of the Queen, where Anderson Cooper scuba dives with marine biologist, Dr. David E. Guggenheim. Learn what the future holds for Cuba’s environment as dramatic changes in U.S.-Cuba relations unfold following the December 17, 2014 announcements by Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro, which could lead to millions of Americans visiting — and possibly threatening — these treasured ecosystems.

Discussion with Dr. David Guggenheim, Ocean Doctor Foundation and Cuban representatives follows shorts presentation.

Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.

FREE. No reservations required.

Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St., NW (Metro: Columbia Heights)

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