A Scientist Has Something to Say to the UMC About Values

You might already be familiar with Greg Johnson's work. Greg is a Seattle-based oceanographer and served as one of the hundreds of lead authors of the most recent report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Along with teams of many other scientists, he reviewed and assessed the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information related to climate change. This most recent report, with stark warnings about significant changes in the earth's climate and their impacts, was published last year.

Or you perhaps you know Greg as that climate scientist/artist/haiku guy. He's the one who distilled the 2000-page IPCC report on the physical science of climate change into 19 illustrated haiku, making it accessible to people worldwide through simple images and clear language.

Fossil Free UMC invited Greg to share what he, as a citizen and parent, thinks we, as a church, need to know about the implications of our investments. Of course, he replied with pictures and poems.

Oily lucre breeds

moral conflict, corruption.

Harms weak, innocent.


Burning coal, oil, gas--

kills God's plants, creatures children--

boosts heat, drought, storms, floods.


Methodist values:

faith, stewardship, charity,

not greed, consumption.

Even bankers note

fossil-fuel-free finances

prophecy profits.