The NOAA oceanographer Gregory C. Johnson summarized the IPCC report in a very special way. You can see the result on Sightline Daily. Anna Fahey has a nice introductory text. She writes:
What if we could communicate the essence of (the IPCC and the summary for policy makers) in plain language and pictures? Well, that’s just what one Northwest oceanographer has done. He’s distilled the entire report into 19 illustrated haiku.
The result is stunning, sobering, and brilliant. It’s poetry. It’s a work of art. But it doubles as clear, concise, powerful talking points and a compelling visual guide.
Well, judge for yourself!
The haiku and paintings are the result of an involuntary break from work:
How did it come about? Housebound with a rotten cold one recent weekend, Greg Johnson found himself paring his key takeaways from the IPCC report into haiku. He finds that the constraints of the form focus his thoughts (He told me that he posts exclusively in haiku on Facebook.), and described the process as a sort of meditation. He never intended to share these “IPCC” poems.
Fahey suggests that he didn't actually write the haiku; instead, "he found himself paring" the IPCC report into haiku. Maybe this "spiritual" moment marks the transition from science to haiku:
Therein lies the beauty; stripped of the jargon and unfathomably large numbers, the limitations and the scales of confidence that confound and distract us laypeople, it is an arresting and informative entree into the science— not, of course, a substitute for the full report.
I like the idea of genre hopping, from science to haiku - both are very stringent forms. Maybe I should fold a booklet, following the instructions on the website. Or maybe not. This one is for Eduardo: