PLAY #119: DEAD-LINES (MARCH 31)

The top of a mountain (perhaps the same mountain as PLAY 32; RESOLUTION.)

Two ACCOUNTANTS OF TRUTH hold a large piece of tape out, as if at a race.

 

LEADER OF CHEER stands to the side, speaking to people further down on the mountain, applauding, encouraging, applauding.

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #1

Why the applause?

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #2

Something to do? Countries doing something?

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #1

Yes, but what if it’s not enough? This is the deadline for countries to pledge their emissions reductions contributions and-

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #1

There are some. The EU. Mexico. The US.

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #1

Promises and pledges. How do we make sure they’re met? Especially when countries don’t even meet a deadline to promise something.

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #2

There’s always October.

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #1

But there’s always another month, another thing to be pushed back. When do we push back?

 

ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH #2

We push. We pull. We applaud. Even when it’s not enough. Because it’s something.

 

ACCOUNTANT #1 is skeptical, especially with LEADER OF CHEER continuing, with the tape-unbroken, with the play just about to end.

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