PLAY #157: JUST INVESTMENTS (MAY 13)

Scotland, 2015.

A stone building that could only belong in an elite university.

A loudspeaker is attached outside.

 

Large jars filled with different liquids and solids (oil, coal, gas) are arranged outside.

DIRECTOR OF SPINNING, a slick PR exec, stands outside, directing WORKERS.

 

DIRECTOR OF SPINNING

So these ones are really bad, we won’t be taking any of these.

(WORKERS remove tar sands jar)

And yes, none of these either.

These, we’ll keep.

 

The loudspeaker crackles – it does this from time to time.

 

LOUDSPEAKER

One of our concerns was what many politely call ‘climate justice’ but can be put more bluntly as the easy privilege of the developed world in calling for an end to fossil fuel use after we have used them for centuries to ensure the supply of our basic needs and power our economic growth.

 

DIRECTOR OF SPINNING

These too, a definite keep.

We care about the local economy.

And, more importantly, we care about the stability of the world.

We, the rich, have a responsibility to keep our large endowment invested in the fossil fuel industry.

The profits we receive are a byproduct of our altruism.

Some call it ‘climate justice.’

We call it good sense.

 

LOUDSPEAKER

One of our concerns was what many politely call ‘climate justice’ but can be put more bluntly as the easy privilege of the developed world in calling for an end to fossil fuel use after we have used them for centuries to ensure the supply of our basic needs and power our economic growth.

 

DIRECTOR OF SPINNING

Yes, pick up these ones and twirl them around.

(WORKERS pick up the jars of coal, gas etc.)

Yes, that’s it.

This is a complex issue.

Keep spinning them around until everybody sees how right our decision is.

(WORKERS spin the jars)

How righteous our decision is!

 

WORKERS keep spinning the jars.

DIRECTOR OF SPINNING smiles.

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