PLAY #44: CECI N’EST PAS UNE PIPE (JAN 13)

A piece of PVC pipe, laid out like an exhibit at a museum.

Two people – AY and ZED.

Think of them like 1 & 2; A & B; Someone & Someone Else….

AY and ZED walk around the pipe in a continuous clockwise motion.

 

Perhaps the pipe itself resolves in counter-clockwise direction.

Or perhaps it stays put.

 

AY

It’s a symbol.

 

ZED

A distraction.

 

AY

A line in the sand.

 

ZED

An exaggeration.

 

AY

A game-changer.

 

ZED

A fight not worth winning.

 

AY

A chance to say – this has to stop.

 

ZED

A sapper of energy.

 

AY

A chance to say – no more fossil fuels.

 

ZED

A thing of little consequence in the larger campaign.

 

AY

A key to the next chapter.

 

ZED

A tree that shades out the rest of the forest.

 

AY

A pivot.

 

ZED

A dead-end.

 

AY

An opening.

 

ZED

A pipe.

It’s just one pipe.

 

ZED and AY start to walk counter-clockwise, continuing to circle the pipe.

 

ZED

It’s just a symbol.

 

AY

It’s more than a symbol for the people who live along the pipe.

 

ZED

An image of success that doesn’t solve the real problem.

 

AY

Stopping Keystone is not symbolic for the indigenous communities who began this fight.

 

ZED

The way power flows is more complex – stopping a pipe won’t fix climate change.

 

AY

A pipe is not a symbol when it rips through sacred land.

 

ZED

Land as we know it will be destroyed utterly if we don’t tackle climate change at an international level.

 

AY

Nations are just another line across the world – not everybody is bound by them.

 

ZED

The stakes are too small for a campaign this size – and there’s lots of dirty pipes ruining lives that haven’t got this press.

 

AY and ZED shift directions, continue to circle the pipe.

 

AY

It’s a symbol.

 

ZED

A pipe-dream.

 

AY

Stopping Keystone will change everything.

 

ZED

Whether or not the Keystone Pipeline passes through the United States will make no meaningful difference to global warming.

 

AY

Keystone forces Obama to match his walk to his talk.

 

ZED

It doesn’t matter if Obama vetoes Keystone but passes the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement – the oil will be sold.

 

AY

So we block the TPP too. Winning battles brings momentum.

 

ZED

Spending years looking at one piece of pipe wears people out.

 

AY

The longer this goes on the more toxic tar sands oil becomes in the public imagination.

 

ZED

The longer this goes on the cheaper crude oil becomes, the less energy goes into building alternative solutions.

 

AY

It’s important to have a concrete symbol for climate change, it’s important to have victories.

 

ZED and AY change direction, continue to circle the pipe.

They don’t say anything further, keep walking around, until the play ends.

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