Over more than 15 years as a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada based in Toronto, Canada, Glenn advanced to become a seasoned and traveled first assistant director in both film and television across the country.
He produced, directed, wrote the critically praised, 22 minute film “The Touch”, which premiered at the Montreal Int’l Festival of Cinema and New Media ’97, and garnered multiple TV broadcasts.
An accomplished planner, organizer, facilitator and manager, Glenn has also been a careful observer of behavior and an avid student of screenwriting craft.
Twist of Fate
With the slow-down of the Toronto film industry from 2001 to present, and with the concurrent decline of his parents’ health, his part-time assistance evolved into long periods of full-time care for them in his hometown of Kingston.
Glenn’s father died in April, 2003; his Mother in June, 2005.
In July of 2002, a city-wide garbage strike caused the cumulative refuse of millions to grow and rot for weeks on Toronto streets. Glenn was struck by how wasteful and unsustainable our habits are and how they are so often denied by our collective conscience and hidden from our daily view.
In August, 2003, a massive power outage occurred throughout parts of the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada. It was the largest blackout in North American history, affecting about 10 million people in Ontario, (approx. 1/3 of the Canadian population), and 40 million people in eight U.S. States (about 1/7 of the U.S. population). More than 508 generating units at 265 power plants shut down during the outage. 22 of these were nuclear.
For 3 long, uncertain days, science fiction became reality and Glenn began to see our modern, ‘civilized’ society as a precarious illusion enabled by problematic means.
Throughout these difficult experiences, Glenn grew very concerned and informed about the unprecedented challenges that face our world.
Tim Flannery’s book “The Weather Makers”, Richard Heinberg’s book “Powerdown” and Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” were important influences on him during this period.
And while 9/11, the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, nuclear proliferation, the plight of the third world have all been integral to the evolution of Glenn’s global perspective, he is most passionate about what he feels is the cause-of-all-causes that trumps all the rest: the unparalleled, rapidly intensifying global emergency and social injustice of climate change.
Glenn embraced volunteer activism with Greenpeace and became a co-leader of the Toronto “Kleercut” Volunteer Group, an effort to pressure major hotels to change their tissue products from the Kimberly-Clark Company — makers of brands like “Kleenex” — to more eco-responsible alternative sources.
He organized volunteer activities throughout the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and garnered influential photographs with stars like Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) and Pierce Brosnan (ex-James Bond) that helped compel certain festival hotels to transition to a better KC product. Many other hotels have since been approached and are in various stages of discussions with this formidable grassroots initiative.
In addition to a brief stint as the Greenpeace Canada Polar Bear, Glenn completed the first in the initiation of a new, advanced program of non-violent, direct action training in Canada and was one of five protestors arrested at the internationally reported, March 19th, 2007, Greenpeace ‘House Arrest’ of Canadian Prime Minister and global ‘climate criminal’, Stephen Harper, outside his residence in Ottawa.
Through this on-going association with Greenpeace – and from his career in film – Glenn has developed many helpful and influential connections and a committed desire to help affect urgent environmental and social change.
All of this has led him to initiate the complimentary advocacy and activist venture, climateye.com: See. Act. Inspire.
Mohandas Gandhi said: “We must become the change we want to see…”
At present, the world’s atmosphere is on course to heat up to UNSURVIVABLE TEMPERATURES within the lifetimes of today’s children.
The planet won’t wait for us to save it, ourselves or those we love.