A stage filled with pages of The Paris Agreement scattered across it.
Characters come in and pick up pages.
Some characters read the pages carefully.
Some characters throw it away in disgust.
Some turn it into paper planes.
Some eat it.
Some use it to wipe tears.
Some frame it close to their heart.
Who are these characters?
Perhaps it is everybody who has been in plays 1-349.
Or a whole new cast.
Or the recordings of voices, played as paper whirls in the air by a fan…
Whoever it is, there are questions.
Still, there are questions.
will birds find their way home now?
THAT KID CALLED HOPE
is this the end of the fossil fuel era?
GRANNY OLD TIMER
how do we keep up this momentum? how do we hold governments that will slime their way of any commitments accountable?
where are the rights
CRUDELLA DE SPILL
why regulate shipping and aviation?
can we keep the gaps between promises and pledges wide enough so mermaids can swim through?
when will the U.N. realise that 1.5 degrees isn’t just a nice target but a matter of whether or not I have a home?
can I stop feeling guilty now?
SPIN POP FIZZ
can you imagine the profit from all this carbon capture?
what comes after the start?
when can this get to Congress so I can cut some of it?
MINISTER OF DASH
will this business all go away now?
where will I find space for all these pages?
GHOST OF MARIE ANTOINETTE
and what has happened to my country?
when did forests become something to trade?
CAPTAIN OF RESILIENCE
can I have some of that adaptation money now?
SAY DON’T SOOTH
why are we even pretending that this accord can do anything to seriously mitigate climate change?
do you think we’ll be going to COPs forever?
who is in that ‘we’?
should I be happy at these victories?
won’t you have some Coca Cola with your Paris Accord?
how about some bottled water?
an apple with a COP 21 logo?
some natural gas – it is the energy of the future?
why can’t they say fossil fuel free? when will we drop this zero net greenhouse gas emissions bullshit?
COLLECTOR OF TEARS
will tears outweigh the icebergs in the end?
ACCOUNTANT OF TRUTH
in five years, will all these NDCs add up?
where is my daughter?
where is my sister?
what if we all screamed at the same time, would you hear us then?
OH, THIS WORLD
why wait until after 2050? why is everything so slow?
WE CAN HOPE
does this redeem all this process?
is this the first chapter in a new story with collectives as the hero?
THE RELUCTANT MATHEMATICIAN
if we want to keep well below 2 degrees, than why allow pledges that promise at least 2.7 degrees of warming.
when can we start selling stilts?
where do we go now?
how do we keep building connections between people?
how is it I feel hopeful?
The questions hang in the air.