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Timing

Timing

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Published by Bridgette Burton
A short play about climate change.
A short play about climate change.

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Published by: Bridgette Burton on May 17, 2011
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Timing
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By Bridgette Burton
Characters
A politicianAn Advertising executiveA pressure group representativeA member of the General Public
The politician stands at the front of the stage as if delivering a speech. The three others stand behind the polly. The politician amends his speech as they comment and discuss.
POLITICIAN
: We understand that global warming is an important issue..
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE
: God, “Global Warming”, so tired. We really need another phrase, to
capture the public imagination.
PRESSURE GROUP:
Important
is a subjective
term, we don’t have any empirical evidence thatsuggests that it’s important.
GENERAL PUBLIC
: Is this is the same as climate change?
POLITICIAN
: We understand that Planetary Weather Unpredictability is an issue that requiressome attention. Our party is dedicated to exploring all the possibilities available that will reducethe impact of...
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
“Pee
-dub-
u”!
 
I thought we agreed that we’d refer to it as
PWU
,
sounds interesting and snappy and “now”.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
Global Warming is now.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
(
correcting
)
PWU, in the now
.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
Global warming is in the now. It was also in the yesterday, if you want to beabsolutely correct.
PRESSURE GROUP:
Also, If the possibilities explored are going to impact in a negative way onthe businesses of Australia that provide valuable jobs and exports to this country then thosepossibilities cannot be explored.
 
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ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Change it to “A range of possibilities.”
 
PRESSURE GROUP:
“A finite range”.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
Are there possibilities? I do Earth Hour.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Excellent contribution.
PRESSURE GROUP:
Except Earth Hour does not recognise the needs of the energy companies at
all. That’s one
hour of revenue lost to them.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
Its one hour.
PRESSURE GROUP:
Lost to them.
POLITICIAN
: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party isdedicated to exploring some of the possibilities that will lead to the reduction in emissions anddirectly impact the source of the problem.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE/PRESSURE GROUP
: (
together 
) Don’t say “problem”.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Glass is always half full.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
Of what?
PRESSURE GROUP:
That insinuates that there is a problem, we don’t actually know that. We are
simply responding to the overall trend in the international community.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
Which has been to recognise that there is a problem.
PRESSURE GROUP:
No, the trend is to consider the environment. That’s a good message. We
want to consider it.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
And then go ahead anyway.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Considerately.
POLITICIAN
: Our party is dedicated to exploring some of the possibilities that will lead to thereduction in emissions..
PRESSURE GROUP:
Also, don’t say emissions or reduction.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
If we don’t say emissions or reduction, then what are we talking about.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Solutions for finite concerns.
PRESSURE GROUP:
Exactly.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
 
The concerns are emissions, that’s not a secret. Everyone knows that.
 
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PRESSURE GROUP:
Do they? I don’t necessarily know that. I will feel concerned about the things
that my representatives will tell me to be concerned about. I
don’t want to waste time beingconcerned about things that aren’t mentioned.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
So what would you be concerned about if he says finite concerns.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Small things. Little things that I don’t need to be too worried about
bec
ause my representative is dealing with. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
PRESSURE GROUP:
And it’s all small stuff.
The ad exec and the pressure group high five.
Politician
: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party isdedicated to exploring some of the possibilities that will lead to a thorough examination of those finite concerns.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Not sure about thorough.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
I like thorough, it makes me feel like something is happening.
The ad exec and pressure group look at each other and shrug.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Ok.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
So what are they actually doing?
PRESSURE GROUP:
Looking into it.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
How?
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Thoroughly.
POLITICIAN
: We understand that PWU is an issue that requires some attention. Our party isdedicated to exploring a few of the possibilities that will lead to a thorough examination of those finite concerns. If elected we will immediately convene a taskforce to perform a year longstudy, culminating in a report of suggested steps.
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
hold on a sec...
PRESSURE GROUP:
No, no stop. Wait a minute. A taskforce? Sound serious. Surely a committeewould be more benign?
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE:
Also “When elected “, don’t say “if”. You’re a winner.
GENERAL PUBLIC:
So, a committee to look thoroughly into the finite concerns of an issue thatrequires some attention and produce a report of suggested steps?

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