World Climate Change Conference

Rimini Protokoll et Deutsches Schauspielhaus Theatre, Hamburg

01 Dec 2015, 8 - 11pm

Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Hamburg


© Benno Tobler & Rimini Protokoll


01 Dec 2015
8 - 11pm
second show:

Friday, December 11, 2015

same place, same time

Schauspielhaus Hamburg
Kirchenallee 39
Hamburg,  20099
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Simulation d'une conférence mondiale sur le changement climatique, avec plus de 20 experts scientifiques et experts de sociétés, mise en scène pour 650 visiteurs qui sont les représentants des 196 délégations et de leurs pays.

At the beginning of December 2015, France's capital is host city for the next international climate conference. Representatives of 195 countries will meet here to risk the next step–towards a legally binding climate-protection agreement.

This mammoth-scale drama of diplomacy, aimed at protecting the world’s atmosphere, lends itself to being arranged into individual acts and scenes playing out on main stages and secondary stages.

There are preliminary discussions and background discussions, negotiations in individual working groups, with fine nuancing of verbal formulations. Parties will battle with one another, block and ignore one another, with each insisting on their own position. Alliances will be formed and power relationships will be adjusted (again).

Accordingly, after an opening ceremony the audience in the Hamburger Schauspielhaus theatre will leave their red upholstered seats; in sub-groups they will be "sworn in" regarding their respective negotiating tactics.

You could:
- represent India, persisting with efforts to undermine the plan of action by introducing feeble formulations with minimum commitment,
- belong to the group based around the Philippines' principal negotiator, Yeb Sano, who, at the Warsaw 2013 summit, announced a hunger strike, to last until the meeting achieved "significant" progress.
But perhaps you will represent
- Canada or Japan, who have long since turned their backs on the Kyoto Protocol; you may belong to the
- Alliance of Small Island States, and be sent to make a mark on events by lending emphasis to that alliance's demands.
Alternatively, you may wish to
- negotiate for the EU countries, in prompting further states to back the only binding instrument there is, the Kyoto Protocol.
Another option is to participate for Cyprus; jointly with Poland, this country succeeded in defying the plans for tightening the rules on CO2 trading.
- in Paris you could also champion an issue on behalf of Bangladesh, one absolutely not to the industrial nations' liking: compensation for the environmental damage caused by storms and floods.
- or you take the international coal industry up on its invitation, as it confers at the Ministry of Economic Affairs with regard to how it best pursues its interests...

When the issue is that of revealing the "culprit" - in other words the causes of climate change – it is all about facts. By contrast, when developing options for action the matter at hand is ultimately values. Which risks should the world community take on? What cost is it prepared to accept to protect the population in areas menaced by droughts or floods? Is it more important to expand electricity networks for renewable energies than to preserve marvelous landscapes? These are all decisions based on political, economic, and indeed ethical issues.

From most environmental-protection activists' perspective, the most recent climate summit, Warsaw 2013, was anything but a triumph. It has been talked of as a "farce", a "fiasco".

Agreement was only reached on minimum compromises. And one single word almost doomed the whole event to failure...



Honoré avec mention honorable au Prix Ars Electronica 2015 dans la catégorie Hybrid Art
avec: Rosemarie Benndorf, Satya Bhowmik, Schirin Fathi, Hartmut Graßl, Bernd Hezel, Marlene Klockmann, Boris Koch, Mojib Latif, Klaus Milke, Juliane Otto, Florian Rauser, Michael Sahm, Vera Schemann, Sebastian Sonntag, Ana Soliz L. de Stange , Freja Vambourg et d'autres ...
Réalisation: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Définition de la gestion: Dominic Huber
Dramatisation: Imanuel Schipper / Jörg Bochow
Consultation scientifique: Florian Rauser
Vidéo: Hanna Linn Wiegel, Marcel Didolff
Assistance: Christine Mattner
Production: Théâtre Deutsches Schauspielhaus à Hambourg
En coopération avec Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie - Germanwatch - Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung - Alfred-Wegener Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für polarité und Meeresforschung
Parrainé par Norddeutsche Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung der aus Erträgen Lotterie »BINGO! Die Umweltlotterie «.