Shaun Chamberlin

Shaun Chamberlin 

David Fleming’s colleague, Shaun Chamberlin, who is working on various aspects of David’s legacy, was invited to step into the space left when David died.

He has replied that he will be happy to do so, naming the work of several New Era members well-known to him and ending:

“I’m happy to be associated with you all.”

See his website: “Dark Optimism  – a better future for a troubled world – works with a wide range of colleagues and collaborators, specialising in uncovering the underlying fundamentals in the areas we study. This has led our work together to date to focus on energy and the environment, the two crucial areas without which all others are unable to function.

”We are unashamedly positive about what kind of a world humanity could create, and unashamedly realistic about how far we are from creating it today. Out of this viewpoint comes a firm determination to do what we can to create the world we believe everyone wants to live in – one which is peaceful and creative, resilient and exciting, and one in which we all have the opportunity to live a fulfilling life.

“Dark Optimism’s intellectual independence is essential to our work. As a non-profit-making entity we are happy to work with commercial and governmental interests towards common goals, but we will not compromise our integrity.”

His recent book, The Transition Timeline lightens the fear of our uncertain future, providing a map of what we are facing and the different pathways available to us.

It describes four possible scenarios for the UK and world over the next twenty years, ranging from Denial, in which we reap the consequences of failing to acknowledge and respond to our environmental challenges, to the Transition Vision, in which we shift our cultural assumptions to fit our circumstances and move into a more fulfilling, lower-energy world.


Climate Change

  • The causes of the problem
  • The scale of the problem
  • Climate feedbacks
  • Fossil fuel depletion rates
  • The viability of alternative energy sources
  • The viability of demand reduction

Energy Supply and Peak Oil

Not to be missed: on the site’s Projects page, news of Shaun working with Mark Boyle to set up a Moneyless village . . .