The Lighthouse Project is a year-long pilot of Faith & the Common Good, working in the three cities of Hamilton, Brampton and Toronto to encourage the conversation around extreme weather preparedness and the role of faith communities as neighbourhood resilience hubs. Environment Hamilton is the Hamilton partner. We are rolling out the project in the wonderful Beasley Neighbourhood!
This pilot uses community engagement strategies to promote local multi-stakeholder networks or resilience hubs. These contribute to extreme weather preparedness: before, during and after an event.
Three ideas that contribute to local climate resilience:
1: Faith communities engage in both community service and care for the environment. As familiar landmarks in vulnerable neighbourhoods they have the facilities and networks that make them the ideal sites or catalysts for 'resilience hubs.'
2: Neighbourhoods are most resilient when residents know each other, have multiple active networks, care for their vulnerable neighbours and have committed and tangible external supports.
3: Every community is different; this pilot will first ask what concerns are central to each. The answers to that question will inform outreach strategies, processes and goals. Each community-led pilot will be relevant and distinct to its own needs.
Please visit the Lighthouse Project website for more details and upcoming events.