inaction to identify with

a pleasantly simple threshold
it may even be arbitrary
like deaths, flooded houses, or mental disorders
something people can identify with
if that's what your politicians prefer

hey frog:
your probability of death
1 percent in 5 minutes
100 percent in 20 minutes

hey frog:
do you get the idea?
your cost of inaction?


In 2019, Simon Sharpe from University College London, published his work on “telling the boiling frog what it needs to know.” It proposes an improved way to communicate the risks of global warming by means of “producing assessments of the likelihood of crossing non-arbitrary thresholds of impact.” Sharpe uses the example of the boiling frog to explain his proposition (Sharpe, 2019). This poem explores these climate thresholds.