Rob Shirkey

A Canadian Climate Change Idea For The World To Follow

Rob Shirkey | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Rob Shirkey

Our greatest obstacle to transitioning to a more sustainable future is the systemic inertia of the status quo. The simple act of pumping gas is a habitual, automatic behaviour that has been normalized for several generations. Complacent, disconnected markets don't drive change. While we may not be actively saying, "Give me oil," we have the perfect downstream environment to perpetuate the status quo.

Retailers Rail Against Climate Change Warnings On Gas Pumps

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Business

The idea of placing climate change warning labels on gas pumps is beginning to pick up steam, with several Canadian city councils moving forward with ...

Climate Change And This Rock We Call Home

Rob Shirkey | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Rob Shirkey

As I sat by the waterfront, I would think about this tiny rock in the middle of nowhere hurtling through space at an unimaginable speed. Everything we've ever known and loved has unfolded on this rock and what we do to it will be the legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren. It's in this context that I think of climate change and how we've compromised the integrity of our home.

Big Oil Is Following in Kodak's Footsteps (and Missing the Boat)

Rob Shirkey | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Business
Rob Shirkey

Kodak was in the business of capturing memories and their particular method was film. Then, the unthinkable happened: a giant fell. A similar story is now unfolding in the energy sector. The quicker we acknowledge the reality of climate change and unburnable carbon, the sooner we'll innovate and develop low carbon solutions to export to others.

Why Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pumps Are a Good Idea

Rob Shirkey | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Rob Shirkey

As questions of jurisdiction play out over the coming months, I can't help but think that the air Canada's founders were breathing while enacting our constitution in 1867 was chemically different than the air I'm breathing as I write this article and the air you're breathing as you read it.

Councillors, Remember That Effects of Burning Fossil Fuels Aren't Felt Immediately

Rob Shirkey | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Rob Shirkey

No matter the issue -- whether you're a mayor with a substance abuse problem or a society with an addiction to oil -- the first step in addressing that challenge is to honestly face it. So I'm asking you to have the courage to take that first step. Think about it: If we're too timid to even put a simple sticker on a gas pump, what hope do we have in actually addressing climate change?