MEET YOUR COCKEYED OPTIMIST

Hi.

My name is Dan Shafer. I’m the (volunteer) Director of Strategic Communications for Job One for Humanity and a long-time blogger and writer. I’ve driven a stake into the ground in this little corner of the website to put up a sign that says, “It’s Awfully Dire...But Not Hopeless!” And I plan to emphasize the second point.

Mainly you’ll find two kinds of posts here.

 

First, I’ll search out (with the help of our own inveterate news guy David Pike who does the heavy lifting on the main blog here) positive stories about global warming: interesting new technologies or solutions; political and business leaders who are stepping up and taking the kind of bold stand we need; stories of successes in staving off the frightening consequences of the Climageddon Scenarios.

Second, I’ll be commenting on negative news about the environment (which, of course and rightly outnumbers the good news by a billion to one...or so it sometimes seems!) to point out possible positive outcomes that may not be obvious from the stories themselves.

Let me be very clear, though: I am deeply committed to the Job One for Humanity Plan to fight global warming and a firm believer that things are worse -- much worse -- than the governments and scientists of the world are telling us. The situation is dire, crucial tipping points are approaching far faster than originally thought, and the need for bold, decisive and outside-the-box action is immediate and crucial. It really is possible to see the future extinction of the human race without peering too intently into the fog of data.

Still, as our founder and CEO, Lawrence Wollersheim, reminds us almost daily, “With a little hope and a sound plan well and timely executed, there is at least a glimmer of hope.”

That’s all I need to take on the task of keeping our collective chins up in the midst of the necessarily negative news by which we are surrounded daily.


I hope you enjoy my take on things.

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  • commented 2017-06-09 09:44:36 -0700
    Yes I agree we need balance in these dire predictions. I wonder what people are thinking having read Climageddon? Is anyone moving? Where?
  • commented 2017-02-13 10:31:47 -0800
    Thanks, David! Happy to be Yanging around this place.
  • commented 2017-02-13 07:21:58 -0800
    Hallelujah! I needed a Yang for my Yin! Nothing like a healthy balance…
    Welcome aboard Cockeye! :)
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