Finding resilience in small inspirations
In late March I was invited to speak at a Peace Luncheon in Hamilton. It was an opportunity to share my personal concerns about the need for climate change adaptation, and I did that. But I finished by describing the Lighthouse Project pilot work that is underway in Hamilton’s Beasley neighbourhood. Afterward, I was thrilled to meet people who asked me how they could use our small-scale, neighbourly approach to climate adaptation in their own communities.
We’re just a few months into our pilot and excited by what we see. Each of the Lighthouse pilot Animators use strategies that best suit their GTHA site and local objectives. Perhaps the simplest way to describe these approaches is “top down,” in Brampton; “a meeting of the middle” in Hamilton’s Beasley neighbourhood, and “bottom up” in Toronto’s St James Town. Regardless of their strategy, all of our Resilience Animators are leveraging or creating networks of social capital that will make their local communities more resilient to the multiple challenges brought by extreme weather and other climate related risks and hazards.