PLAY #108: ADEQUATE AND SUSTAINABLE SUPPORT (MARCH 18)

A large wall.

Some damage – bricks fallen out, crumbling.

 

UN DISASTER INSPECTOR arrives, makes notes.

NOT GIVING UP YET, a UN worker, follows.

 

UN DISASTER INSPECTOR

Give me a moment…

Let me consult the Sendai Disaster Framework…freshly printed!

They should qualify for ‘adequate and sustainable support’.

 

NOT GIVING UP YET

What does that mean? How much?

 

UN DISASTER INSPECTOR

We haven’t made any financial commitments at Sendai.

 

NOT GIVING UP YET

But what’s the use of a disaster preparedness framework without financial commitments?

 

UN DISASTER INSPECTOR

Your job is to note, not to question.

 

NOT GIVING UP YET

I understand.

And I understand the difficulties of negotiating international agreements

even non-binding ones.

But

I still don’t understand what is considered adequate support

in the context of increasing disasters caused by climate change

over 80% of the disasters last year were climate-related

even as delegates applaud this treaty

people in Vanuatu are devastated by cyclone Pam

 

UN DISASTER INSPECTOR

Adequate support will be provided from the UN

And it must be stressed that cyclone Pam was not caused by climate change

Though perhaps exacerbated by it.

 

NOT GIVING UP YET

okay

but if we know the science points to further disasters

why is there toothless agreement after agreement?

Why can’t countries commit to something beyond the adequate?

Why can’t countries commit to a radical reduction of fossil fuels?

How much loss and damage will it take?

 

NOT GIVING UP has more questions, but here is THE RESILIENCE SQUAD, led by CAPTAIN OF RESILIENCE.

They cart off NOT GIVING UP, leaving UN DISASTER INSPECTOR to continue working alone.

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