Meet Rob Shirkey: Hopeful Climate Advocate

Rob Shirkey

Business:  Executive Director at Our Horizon 

What is at the heart of your business?

Engaging governments to pass legislation that requires climate change & air pollution warnings for gas pumps. The concept helps to close the ‘experiential gap’ between our use of fossil fuels and their impacts to create greater social impetus to address climate change.

The “heart” of the initiative includes transparency, disclosure, honesty, bravery in confronting challenge, growth through discomfort, etc. There’s a James Baldwin quote that I have on our homepage that I think rings true: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” That’s what I’m trying to make us collectively do through this advocacy. You can learn more at


Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I’m writing a book about my organization’s advocacy and my personal journey in the environmental sector. I worked out of Shecosystem for a week last fall and found it was a great workspace for quiet writing. I also like how the opening and closing circles provide bookends for the workday and how the 9-6 operating hours create a time constraint that results in a more focused workday. It’s an ideal place for writing and I’m grateful to be here for the next few months.


What does thriving look like for you?

I’m not sure but I think hope might be a requisite element; it’s hard to thrive without it. Climate advocacy and government engagement can be pretty discouraging at times and it’s easy to become burnt out. Lately, I’ve been trying to ask myself “What makes me feel hopeful?” and consciously dial into that. A hopeful Rob is usually a more thriving Rob.


Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Fun tip: I have lockbox with a timer on it at home that I put my phone in during the evening, just before bed ( I’ve even drilled a hole through it so I can still charge it at night. It’s a simple way of limiting access to what can otherwise be an addictive waste of time and it makes it easier to focus on activities that add value to my quality of life. Let me know if you have any Qs about this gizmo! 🙂


Anything else we should know about you?

Recovering lawyer. Puppy aficionado. Once rode my bicycle across Canada!




LinkedIn: Robert Shirkey