Filmmaker Gregory Greene asked Lidia Ferreira if he could make a short video about her work with FCG, CREW, and the Lighthouse Project in Toronto’s St. James Town. Supported by a small grant from Toronto’s Resilience Office he worked with Lidia to identify local issues around climate change adaptation and building community resilience. Then everything changed. A six-alarm electrical fire in one of the St. James Town apartment towers led to a mass evacuation and a host of very difficult challenges for all of its residents. The fire gave Greene his resilience story which is told by a fire survivor, a community leader and a resident activist.
"With one foot in the world of social work and the other in the world of photography, I feel I have finally found the perfect union. " -- Irene Borins Ash
Irene Borins Ash is social worker, photographer, author, speaker, and environmentalist.
Thirty years ago when she was studying at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City, she came across the philosophies of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The Rebbe preached about a non-judgmental love for all mankind and he counselled people of all faiths. This was the beginning of Irene's lifelong passion for multi-faith.
“One Planet: Harnessing Hope” is her latest work about what some multi-faith and multi cultural groups are doing to help the environmental situation we are all experiencing. She partnered with Dr. Lucy Cummings, Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good, in this endeavor.
Faith & the Common Good’s 2016 Annual Forum brought together a dozen speakers from Canadian Indigenous and settler backgrounds to address allyship, climate justice, and the interfaith response. The all-day forum was held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Thanks to Divest Waterloo for co-ordinating the event. This video recording contains bookmarks for each of the speakers.