… to Climate Change Gazette®. My name is Stuart Forman.
I created this blog to fight the climate crisis and to establish a repository for informational links, ongoing observations, reporting, and opinions about its impact on our environment, culture, economy, and society. I believe that the climate crisis is an existential threat to our way of life.
My favorite comedian, and philosopher of the people, was George Carlin. Last year, I stumbled across his Global Warming routine on YouTube. It was brilliant, witty, caustic, and brutally honest. And, hilarious. Perhaps, a bit too salty for some. I loved it.
I retired after a 40+ year career in Human Resources. I was primarily a global compensation and benefits (i.e., remuneration) specialist but have also been the head of both small and large Human Resources organizations in the United States and abroad. I have been a trustee of benefit programs in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and have been on Boards of Directors of organizations in the US, Australia and Germany. At one point, I was the named corporate executive officer to an international stock exchange.
Prior to my professional career I served on active duty in the United States Army Security Agency. After discharge, I went back to graduate school and received both Master of Business Administration and Master of International Management degrees.
In August, 2019, I completed training in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with former Vice President Al Gore and became a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, thus earning my green ring pin.
I developed an appreciation of diverse cultures while serving overseas in Korea. As a result I determined that my professional career would have a global focus. I’ve lived and worked in London and Brussels and commuted regularly to Amsterdam, Toronto, Panama, and Mexico City. I also commuted between Washington, DC and Atlanta, where I currently reside.
I’ve been asked multiple times why I am interested in the climate crisis. There are several reasons. Most importantly, we are facing an existential crisis. Flying back and forth between Europe and the US over the years, I saw gradual changes in Greenland while flying back to the States. It simply started to look, well, different. “Something” was obviously happening. I became interested in that “something.” I was concerned how inaction would impact my children and grandchildren and how they would view me if I sat idly by and did nothing while their futures were melting away. I wanted to be part of the solution and not be viewed as complicit by inaction.
So, I established this website to add my voice to the chorus. Climate change is real. The science is conclusive. Continued denial, or willful ignorance, will only precipitate tragedy on a global scale. The only possible mitigation is recognition of the crisis and global, collective, corrective action. No country can go it alone.
I don’t claim to have responses to all the questions about the pace, or future impact, of the climate crisis. The trends, however, are too important to ignore. I’ll be sharing my thoughts in this blog regularly. Some will be very short and others more lengthy. Unfortunately, all of us (living and unborn) will have to live with the consequences of societal failure to address the climate crisis. The consequences of ignoring, or rejecting, the legitimacy of the problem, and any subsequent inaction, will be globally catastrophic.
Once again, Welcome. I look forward to hearing from you. All the best, Stu