World Climate Conference: a play re-enacting the COPs
The director ensemble “Rimini Protokoll” re-enacted the mammoth-scale drama of diplomacy in the play “Weltklimakonferenz” (World Climate Conference) in the “Deutsches Schauspielhaus” theatre in Hamburg, Germany.
Germany | 21/11/2014 – 11/12/2015
The director ensemble “Rimini Protokoll” re-enacted this mammoth-scale drama of diplomacy in the play “Weltklimakonferenz” (World Climate Conference) in the “Deutsches Schauspielhaus” theatre in Hamburg, Germany. Since the opening night (21st Nov. 2014), the play had been performed 16 times, reaching an audience of over 9000. All performers in the play were experts and scientists at different stages of their career, including Ph.D. students, journalists, and professors. Each spectator took on the identity of a delegate of one of the 195 participating countries, distributing the 700+ participants per show into teams of 3-4. In a nutshell, the play went as follows: after an opening ceremony, the audience was divided up into seven groups, each of which was given advice by experts in several different briefings. These informed on country-specific challenges caused by the social and economic situation, possible future climatic changes and negotiating tactics. In addition, the delegations had bilateral meetings, enabling them to exchange views and experiences with one another. Towards the end of the play, each delegation was asked to submit a national commitment to greenhouse gas reduction and a financial contribution to the Green Climate Fund. Based on these national commitments, the final plenum revealed whether or not the delegations had managed to submit reductions compatible with restricting global warming to 2°C compared to pre-industrial times.
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