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Monologue for World History

​Part 1:This unit we spoke about climate change. We also spoke about how climate change affects people. I believe people in the city don't realize climate change. We aren't affected by it so we don't care about it. We act like we care but we don't. The only people that care about it are people that mostly rely on the environment to survive. My goal for this unit was actually understand how climate change is changing the world. I also wanted to be able to write thought-out monologues.

Part 2: 
                                                                                           Stand up

Twenty-five cent!? That’s all you have for me!? Why has my pay been decreasing for the last couple of years?! I can not feed my family with this. Oh you’re sorry That makes it better. Thank you…

Hey honey. Yeah I got it. I can’t keep doing that work for declining pay. Quit? And do what? Just throw the last last 35 years I dedicated to mining work away? That’ll be real great for the family. *Smacks wife*. You’re worthless. Get up and pass me my meds and my leg. It’s over there in the corner. How much did you make today at the kitchen? That’s good. So we’re at 15.25 for the month. I’m going to sleep. I love you too darling… It’ll all get better....

*WAKES UP*

Goodmorning. It’s okay. Get you some coffee. I’ll be okay. Bye. *This leg is so uncomfortable*. Hello, Mr.Kabongo. Funny *fake laugh*. I was coming to speak to you about my pay. What do you mean you don’t have time to talk?! Is this what I have to do to get your attention!? I’ve been your most loyal worker for the last 35 years and you can’t even sit down and have a talk with me!? Unbelievable! *Storms out of office onto the field*. I’m okay Chanko. The man asks as if I haven’t been on this field all my life working for him! I wanted to talk to him about what the future hold for our mining business. *Opens eyes real wide*Is it bad? It’s beyond bad Chank. We need to start a movement to fight climate change. Are you in? Great! I need you to gather everyone that works in the fields and mine workers. Tell them that we will be camping out on the governments lawn. We will be screaming "CLIMATE CHANGE IS KILLING US!" Can you do that? Great! See you tomorrow... *Thoughts* We can fight this. This can change 

the world...








A new war

-Slowly drifting away into the trans those *SARCASTIC VOICE WHEN I SAY

LEADER* leaders taught us to gallop towards at night… *pause*

-It helped on the nights when we weren't thrusting knives into throats, and piercing peoples bodies with a mixture of pain and agony.

-No lady.

-The killing is the part you got used too.

-But the unbearable torture that imposed on me brothers at hand, unimaginable.*Long pause*

-Vietnam born and raised lady.

-I was over there fighting the climate changes and people for 22 years.

-The gun and cannon smoke mixed in the air with the blistering sun was what I've dealt with 22 years.

-At first it was bearable. Hot,*PAUSE* but bearable. Over the years, it got worse and worse.

-I started to wear less gear. *PAUSE* I know it wasn't safe.

-*SPEAKS IN AN ANNOYED VOICE*I know it wasn't safe! But I couldn't afford to faint in these circumstances. Hey, hey! That is not apart of your job description! You’re the guru, the zen master of dealing with my kind! What should I do?

-*WAITS A COUPLE SECONDS* Yeah, that's what I thought.

-*SPEAKS WITH A LOW SAD TONE* No response; just like the government of my country.

*CONTINUE SAD TONE* Every night, it just consistently keeps me up. The fact that it’s a world problem and no one is doing anything about it. I don’t want to go outside in the summer. I keep my blinds shut. I’m afraid to drive past factories and see the smoke and fumes being emitted into the air… It just worries me.

-Yeah, it was a good session. Thanks zen master… I mean Ms.Slope. *Murmurs “crazy lady”*

*MAKES PHONE CALL*

-Hey fat Tony. Yeah, I’m doing fine.

-*LOOKS AT ARM* It’s a little itchy. I wish I my real one didn't get blown off. This’ll do though.

-I need you to gather up all our brother and *WHISPERS* tell them we have a meeting on “It.”...

-You know, “it”. The only fight harder than the enemy. The invisible fight.

-1198 Callow drive at 2200 tonight.

-QUIET DOWN, QUIET DOWN *PAUSES*

-I’m happy to see everyone.

The reason I called us all together is to address an issue that affects all of us. SETTLE DOWN, SETTLE DOWN! Now I know the first we spoke to the government about it, it didn’t end well. *Starts to sweat*

-But we’re warriors and warriors never quit.

-I want us to put together a rally together to get this problem worked on.

-It’s a big deal! Lives depend on our fight!

The government will not listen to those regular people in our society. It’s our time to be leaders!

-*POINTS SOMEWHERE IN CROWD* What’s your question? Yes. We meet at the board house and we stay out there as long as we need to get there attention. From there, we’ll demand that a bill or plan is put into place for our countries arriving years, to cut down on the amount of factories being built, and the amount of people driving gas cars.

From this, our nightmares won’t be ended but at least we can know that the future generation will enjoy their lives…

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.




Subliminal suicide    


        Dear mother,

I’m falling… We’re falling I mean. Into a hole impossible to get out of. respected and cherished me. Don’t I deserve that? I just hope that some sense is pounded into the heads of those earthlings. I can’t deal with getting treated badly anymore. Why can’t I just be respected? I feel unappreciated, disrespected, and misused. The fill  me up with litter and debris. Carbon monoxide is constantly being injected into my bloodstream. Do they know I belong to them? Generally, when you own something, you take good care of it so it can last long. Don’t they love me? It wasn’t like this as I was growing up. People weren’t greedy, selfish, and ignorant. They only used the resources I provided when they needed it. My friends are getting cut down everyday to build injection plants to pump more monoxide into me. I think it’s time I just end it. I think about ending it everyday I get mishandled. I’m useless. At least that’s what they show me. There are consistent events headlined “TAKE CARE OF THE EARTH… IT’LL BE BENEFICIAL TO EVERYONE.” That’s a bunch of crap! They focus on my disease a couple times a year and litter the rest of the time. No! You CAN’T do that! It has to be a collective effort! Everyone recycle. Everyone change the light bulbs they have. Everyone cut down on the gas they use. If this doesn't happen soon, we’ll all die. Maybe I should end it now. Write back with your thoughts and suggestions when you get chance.

Sincerely,

Earth.









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Climate Change Monologue Project

​In this unit we learned how climate change affects people all around the world in many ways. We got to see videos and articles towards this issue. We also got a chance to write our own monologues.







(a girl is being told that she has lost loved ones and now is going on a rant about climat change)


Missing Out


What happened to the rest of us? Why are there only a little bit of us? You mean she is gone and so is he? Well that can’t be right, please tell me it is not right, right?

(runs hands through hair furiously)

Huh, how the hell did it come to this. Oh yea I heard bubba and mumma talking about how the air was being polluted by smoke filled with nasty things, yeah and then they went on that trip to the philippines where the typhoon hit and now are somewhere else far away from here. Why, Why did people decide that certain things had to be built on earth and other things had to be done on earth. What is wrong with earth that you have to change all the time, and now with all of the change happening we will never know when the earth will come to an end, it could be today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or a year from today.

(makes random and unnecessary hand gestures)

Many of you realize what you are doing to the earth, but are not doing anything about it. Why don’t you want to do anything about, I just don’t understand. You decide to waste money by putting things on and in earth that will not help it, but destroy it more instead putting that money to good use and find ways to help the earth. People, honestly, do you not realize what is happening here. Just like everyone is saying there are things going into the air that are not supposed to be there, yet you sit around at look at what is happening, might as well you a drink and some popcorn and call this a movie because you are not doing anything to help what is happening on this earth, now because of people like you that ignore the problems factories and everything else brings I no longer have anyone or anything to call home. Now go take a long walk and think about what you have done.



(a secret animal is talking to a random guy even though he doesn't understand him)


Unheard Voice


I saw you walking past me just a few minutes ago, so I slyly moved down the street hiding from any sign of danger you might bring me, but you didn’t do anything. Peeking to see if everything is alright, coast clear? Alright. There goes my cousin, oh and brother and sister. We are all out here, we hardly ever get enough food or water. Everytime it rains we have to run and hide. Nowhere is really safe for us. We don’t have a family because they want us,  just to throw us away into the streets. Many of us died in the typhoon, too much to try and keep count. It is a miracle some of us managed to survive. I’ve heard you and others talk about how something is being put in the air, carbon dioxide. I knew something was wrong with the air I breathe, you breathe, we all breathe. They say we are supposed to inhale the good and exhale the bad yet everything we inhale and exhale is bad.I also heard people say the water is becoming a little too dangerous to drink, just a little, yet I drink it or else I will die. I know people like you put these bad things on this earth because I’ve heard you say it and other people say it. We didn’t do anything to deserve this. You never realize how this can affect us or anyone else. It is already bad enough many of us die every day from starvation, abuse and cruelty. It isn’t fair to us, we suffer from the things that are caused by you humans. Humans why do you have to do this to us. What did we ever do to you. This might seem all about me, but I am speaking for everyone who feels the same way, we suffer everyday because of you and this how you think respect should be earned, please. If only you can truly feel how much pain this has caused us. Everything you have done to this world. You don’t even realize the way it affects you. You are destroying the earth little by little and don’t realize it until someone decides to shove in your face, but even then you still don’t realize it. Now what am I rambling about, nothing really, and you would not pay attention anyway. Though I should stop talking since no one really cares about the feelings of a cat.



(an amish mother is writing a letter to a random person in the city)


Letter From An Amish Mother



Taking care of five kids is just as hard as it sounds, probably even harder, but I don’t think so. Living here in Ohio has gotten real hard for us, what with the climate change and all. Being the seventh most populous doesn’t help either. In the summer whenever I want to grow things to feed the family I can’t because of all the carbon dioxide in the air. It ruins my crops just when they are ready for picking. I would be able to sell some if had enough crops to sell and feed my family. We are lucky enough to feed my family for a whole week with the crops we pick. Climate change is affecting us so badly. I can’t teach my kids about home like because the water is getting too dirty to do anything with and since the crops are not growing well that I can’t teach them about plantation. I heard many cities have factories and that is what is releasing the carbon dioxide. Why do you need so many factories,I mean we manage and we don’t need all of the factories you guys have. I know we get products that are made in factories, but it is very few to be honest, so you can’t say we depend on it, because we don’t. This just isn’t healthy for the atmosphere and for us as humans, I wonder if you could pass this on to anyone who can read this and consider what they are really participating in. This has got to stop because our world is crumbling to pieces and we are a contributing factor to this. If we want to achieve a good future, one of the big steps we can take is by doing something about climate change. Thank you for taking your time for reading this letter from a rambling mother, but this had to be heard by someone or no one.


This is my video for my second monologue



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Climate Change Monologue: Reily Knott

  During this unit we as a class have studied climate change and how that effects our lives as we know it. for example in my partners monologues we touched on topics as forest fires, clean air as a broad topic. To be more specific here are details about what exactly climate change is and what causes it. In most cases we see that its caused by human influence such as the exhaust from our cars release chemicals into the air. I mean something as simple as cutting down tress which release CO2 in the air. Greenhouse gasses are used to run o many things and is released by so many things but in reality is killing the earth. These all contribute to the loss of out natural sources and the loss of homes for many animals.

 Clean Air

(walking to school)

As i walk to school in the morning sometimes i  look up at the sky and see the dark muted grays that have taken  over the once blue beautiful skies and the humid weather in october. And i wonder why nobody ever taught me about my effect on the environment. California used to be a great place man i mean besides the fact the all the ice cream places are now juice bars, but thats besides the point. Suddenly a big group of people come walking past me. Oh and by the way i'm not very popular so… *eyes rolling and shoulders shrugging*  its a rare occasion that multiple people come to me. Hey give me my paper back i need that for science. I assuming none of these kids had a idea that this paper on climate change could affect my grade in a good way or….a very bad way. HEY HEY i need that paper. C'mon guys. On wait you just didn't do you paper…. You could've just asked I would've help. Look nobody really understands the damage climate change can do to our everyday life. *everybody around takes about paper* Okay so let me break this down for you nice and slow. Climate change is caused by many things. Water vapor most know as greenhouse gasses this increases as the Earth's atmosphere gets warmer, and so the the possibility of rain, clouds and participation. Carbon dioxide this is let into the atmosphere by natural causes such as cutting down trees and all that natural stuff. *takes a deep breath* Are you guys getting any of this? Okay….I’ll take that And you know when you're too lazy walk to school or wherever you go. Your parents drive…. Yeah well just let them know they’re killing the earth. But actually i just remembered why am i even helping you guys... You tried to shove me in a locker yesterday. GIVE ME MY PAPER, your own your own now..










WILDFIRE

Hello everyone thank you for letting me come to career day, So my name is Robert Vick and I am a firefighter here in Colorado. So one issue that we firefighters face that the world is not really aware of is Wildfires.. Does anyone know what that is?...... A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire occurring in wildland areas, which can  consume houses. Wildfires often begin unnoticed, but they spread quickly igniting brush, trees and homes. And its very hard to put the fire out, once one it started it spreads through the woods very quickly… and its not safe to be around, not safe to breath and causes a of smoke. Everyone thinks that most wildfires are started by humans but really its caused by global warming… yup shocking right?... who knew that already?......hmmm okay so ¼ out of the class knew..And its only going to get worse…  climate change and other pressures are causing more intensified firestorms, sparking more damage and putting wildlife more at risk… so does anyone have any questions so far?.... yes you in the green shirt?....... How else does wildfires affect us?.. Well it  contributes carbon to the atmosphere. As this cycle progresses, climate change and wildfires both increase in frequency and severity…. Anyone else? Yes you in the pink flower hat……………. Im sorry i couldn't hear you, can you repeat that? Oh, how could you help prevent it?.. Okay well you guys can Ride bikes to school, walk, recycle, offset your carbon purchase, and plant trees. Thank you all for being a good audience, Hope you have a great school year.  See you soon, hopefully not because of a fire…...









FLOOD:

wow its so gloomy outside?.... this better not mess up my date with johnny….. okay blue or the red dress…. *BANG* what the h…….. AHHHHHHHHH HELP… Where is all this water coming from…. Sh** its coming up the steps…. omg omg omg what should I do? Climb out the window! … the water is coming in fast. it stinks so bad…. god damit why won't this window open!!! HELP SOMEONE HELP…. finally this thing opens.  Holy crap I can’t see the street, its flooded, this whole town is flooded…. the water is still rising. I have to get to higher ground?.... The roof! Okay don’t look down… you got this kelly, don’t look down…….. okay breath you won’t fall….. yes I made it……. omg… look at this town… its completely covered…. *cries* oom-g i’m gonna die, noooooooooo…… HELP ME SOMEONE HELP ME…….. hello? did someone just call me?... HELLO?.. HELLO…….. OMG JOHNNY WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE!!! Are you okay? I should have listen to professor Gerry….. What?... yes my professor was telling us how Global warming is partly to blame for  heavy rainfall events and floods. Because warmer air can hold more moisture, heavier precipitation is expected in the years to come. But i thought he was just crazy… i don’t know it was early in the morning when he said this.. what else did he say? well he said As the climate system changes in accordance to more CO2 we realise that by polluting our atmosphere we literally pull the carpet under our own feet….. i dont know.. so what do we do…. WATCH OUT FOR THE BRANCH… AHHHHHH.  *slash noise* ewww this water is dirty… johnny where are you? JOHNNY… swim towards me I see you!! I need help I can’t swim….. help me up.. thanks. are you sure I think there is more room on the door that I’m floating on?... okay.. how can we prevent this from happening again? ummm well my professor said that   Important steps include discouraging development in flood-prone areas and protecting the natural systems, such as wetlands, that help to buffer against floods…. yup…… do you hear that? Its a person?... OMG johnny look its help!.. Johnny? No johnny no wake up no JOHNNY (Titanic song plays). NOOOOOOO…. HELP OVER HERE!!!















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Climate Change Monologue Project

​In the first unit of World history, we learned and explored the serious effects of global climate change. The primary greenhouse gas that is responsible for climate change, carbon dioxide has been mainly emitted through human activities.  Climate change has always existed, but has progressively worsen. We furthered our knowledge on the topic as we watched various videos and researched the potential future effects of climate change on our environment.  We were asked to create characters and describe their relationship with climate change, while informing the reader about the global issue. My goal is to leave the reader with information and for them to know that no matter who you are, we're all experiencing the effects of this global issue.


Monologue #1

Job Regulation   (Clarise,  New York, Works at Sanitation department, 40 year old, single mother, 3 kids, )




The boss just asked to see me in 5 minutes. I really hope it’s not about coming in late yesterday. I have three kids, I’m a single parent. What does he expect from me ? I’m living paycheck to paycheck ! Maggy just started school... which reminds me, she has back to school night. Ugh, Nooo ! I have a late shift that night…. Has it been 5 minutes yet ? I think so.….Wait that’s him calling me now. Before you say anything else Mr.Rogers, I just want to apologize for being late the other day. My son Tommy, remember him ? He got sick, his asthma has been acting up really baa ( stopped in mid sentence) Oh so if it’s not about that, what is it about ? As the member of the sanitation department our goal is to keep the area cleaned, we recycle and try to the best of our ability to keep things cleaned. Is that what you called me in here for, to ask what this department does ? Okay. Yes, I am aware of the Amendment to the clean air act. It’s aiming to reduce acid rain caused by power plant emissions. I don’t remember how much the estimated cost would be to do this. 7.5 billion really ? We don’t have that money no way. I have said it time and time again enviromental protection is much too expensive for our economy.  I don’t understand, Mr. Rogers you called me here to have a discussion about climate change ? Yes, I would appreciate it if you just cut to the chase.  You had to lay some people off ? (Pause) I was one of them. (holds mouth and begins to cry.) I have three kids, what do I tell them ? Find another job ? It’s not that easy BOSS ! So, your telling me hard working people, are going to lose their jobs because you want to purchase cleaner equipment, and use sulfur dioxide and some nitrogen crap. Is having a cleaner environment the main priority right now ?  Now, that people have let pollution get out of hand, we’re just supposed to hurry and spend money to just try to stop it now. This has been going, it didn’t just pop up. It’s just noticeable now. How will you feed your family tonight ? Billy, Mandy, and your wife ? No ! No ! You can’t do this. (Long Pause, wipes tears) No, you won’t have to call them, I’ll get my things and go.


Monologue #2

Crop Growth ( Tica, Female, 16 year old, Africa, eldest of all her siblings, 2 sisters and one brother.)


As I wake, I wipe the crust from the eyes that have been held open from the night before. The sun pierces my eyes, but it feels good. I look forward to being  awakening by the sun. It is true, the world does revolve around the sun. I thank god for it everyday. Without it , how would I be able to feed my brothers and sisters. Mother leaves at 6 today, because she has to be at the bus early. Last time she almost missed it . I’m glad she didn’t because no work is no pay. So, this means I I I I have to get the kids dressed and fed for school. Sometimes I miss school,  this week has been awful, but I have to help mom. Since Dad is gone. I think about him when I’m plowing the fields everyday. He always said that if you're plowing has a rhythm it goes much faster. (Pull, dig, dig, pull, dig)  He was the strongest man I knew. (Huff)  It’s 8 o clock already, I should go wake the girls up so they can get washed. Onikaaaaa Tukaaaaa. Stop arguing just hurry and get clean ! Okay, now they’re up let me go get breakfast ready. ( Sigh) We’re out of rice. I thought I sent Mabitu to the field for more yesterday. He never listens, that why he stays in trouble. He’ll learn one day. It’s been so hot lately, the sun is beating upon my neck as if I stole from it. The rice isn’t ready to picked yet. (Pause)  that explains why he didn’t bring them in. Now that I think about it, It’s been three days without rainfall.  Rain is what affects the balance and nourishment of the seeds. How can anything grow without it. (Papa told me that)  I do remember Zimbawe, the wise one of the village. He mentioned something about none of the crops growing, due to the changing of the weather. He said  With the change of weather, the distribution of the plant seeds are messed up, so not only will our crops not be able to grow to their full potential, their won’t be many of thee (Stops in mid sentence)  Yesss, I’m out here ! I’ll be in there, in a second.  It’s almost time for you guys to leave out. We won’t be having rice this morning, I know, I know. Each one of you take a apple. Make sure you eat it, I don’t care if you don’t want it. I’ll have dinner ready when you come home. (Door shuts) ( Sits down) Will I ?


Monologue #3

Human Health ( Robby, Malawi, 17 year old boy, Sjögren’s Syndrome, practicing for presentation.)



Good Morning,  How's everyone feeling ? I’m here to talk about the climates impact on health. Some of you may walk away with the feeling of wanting to help, others with the feeling why do I care. But the goal I hope to accomplish is only making you aware of it. Let me tell you a little about who I am.  My name is Robby I was diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome when I was 6 years old, I am now 17. It was a shock to everyone, because no one had the syndrome in the family, so it wasn’t hereditary. At first we thought I had lupus, but with a serious amount of other tests ran we discovered the real thing was Sjögren’s Syndrome. I used to feel like an outcast, I was different, I couldn’t do what other kids did. The simple things I couldn’t do. for a while my  best friend was an oxygen mask. When I started to get better and regularly take my medicine, I started to meet people with the same disease. In school, I had more confidence and I actually began to join different groups. I started to invest my time in environmental science. It became a hobby. You have any water ? Thank you, my mouth was a little dry. (Clears throat) I’m sorry class, Okay good, I’ll continue. Around the time of the spring that just passed, I started to experience a more intense pain. Every so often I would have this feeling, my heart would  run a mile a minute. At any moment it felt like it would burst. My chest would tighten like a fist beginning to close. I’ve never took anything for granted, because that feeling burned in my chest every time I did. Of course my parents and I  were worried so I went back to the doctors. I was switched to different and stronger medicines. One of my doctors mentioned the change in my health might be due to the environmental changes. I was very book savvy and already involved in science so I did some research. I found that climate change affects those with respiratory issues and allergies. Along with asthma, food borne, insect borne, and heat related issues. The respiratory and allergy related issues applied to me, so I did further research. The spring pollen season was happening earlier and lasting longer. For example, Ragweed is a popular flowering plant and it was shown that the amount of pollen production is increased during this spring season. Tests on Ragweeds also showed that high carbon dioxide concentrations and temperatures increased the amount. This not only told me that I needed to take my medicine, but told me there are high carbon dioxide levels. This carbon dioxide is causing climate change and pollution is due to carbon dioxide emissions.  (Gasp),  I just said a lot . Everyone with me ? Kinda ? No ? Okay. So all this carbon dioxide we’re producing is polluting our air and effecting things that we may not know about. Which is our health. I thought this needed to be shared to other people, as young children we may feel like we can’t make big changes. But we sometimes fell to realize the little things we do can contribute to the big. Awareness is change, people’s knowledge and views change due to awareness. Twice a week I visit schools like yours and find kids who are interested in taking apart in the this movement. Thank you for your time. A you all have been a great audience. (Sigh of  relief)  Okayyyy mom, I’ll be down in a sec. I Guess I better run through it again after dinner so I’ll be ready for the big day tomorrow.




Monologue #2 
Crop Growth Video 




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Climate Change Monologue Project

Reflection:
In this unit I have learned how Global Warming is becoming a big issue but people make take Global Warming as a little deal. There were many stories on how people are affected by Global Warming. All of them are very very sad and heartbreaking to hear. No one really cares about this issue unless they are being affected by it. Not a lot of people are affect but we still need to hear the ones out that were/are affected now. We have to help the Earth become a better place for everyone to live in and it has to be an safer environment. But how is that going to happen if no one is listening? Well, this is why in my World History class we had to make Monologues. These Monologues has different stories being told. We are trying as a class to help everyone else understand why this should be a bigger deal. We can change this and make it into a good thing, only if we all hear each other out and make sure that the Earth is here when the next generation is here too! We can help change this Global Warming into a good income!


Monologue #1: Eye of Japan


Hello. Yes, this is her. At the time of when the Earthquake and Tsunami happened, I was actually at work. I work a tall building in Tokyo. At first I felt a little shaking, I thought it was just me. Everyone in the building was rushing down to get down to the basement of the building. The shaking kept doing on. I was running down to the stairs. The building was tipping over. It finally had stop. All of a sudden, I hear these bells ringing and ringing. I didn’t know what they were. However, I just knew that it wasn’t a good bell. I asked one of the older workers and they had told me to go to the garage. It was the bell of a warning for an incoming Tsunami.

I have one brother, he’s older than me. Yes, he’s alive and my parents had died from the Tsunami. Leaving me and my older brother praying that they are doing so much better and praying that they would take care of us.

My brother and I are planning to move to a safer city in Japan soon. We don’t think it’s a safe place to live in right now. With all the damage and we want to have children later on. We can’t afford to having a family here, knowing that it might happen again in the future.


No, it’s just me and brother. My cousins, uncles and aunts live in Japan too but they weren't affect like how my brother and I were. It’s been a few years now and there is only little progress happening. They can’t just rebuild it again and again. Who knows when it might happen?





Monologue #2: People Are Doing This ?!!?


Yes this is Polar Gris. I live in the Arctic where it’s getting warm and cozy. I usually go into the Ocean looking for food to feed for my kids. The fish are usually the easiest thing I can find.


Uh-mm.. Well, my kids are still young too. I try to keep them out from the water. It’s so dangerous. I try not to stay in the water for too long. Now that the water level is rising I can’t really swim well. There’s not a lot of ice anymore. It’s getting warmer and warmer everyday now.


Yes, I did lose a few of my family members. They couldn't find enough land to get on. Yes, it’s sad. Eventually, we will all die. Unless, people start taking care of what is going on. Everyday, I just worry and worry about what or who might I lose next. I have to look after my family.


The fish are fine, it’s just that it gets harder and harder everyday. The ice is melting quickly. My family might have to find a different place to live in but everywhere else is just like the place we are living in now. I don’t like it. I see about 1 Polar Bear drowning everyday. I wish I could help them but how could I? If I help them, I’m taking a big risk myself. My life could end there.


It’s not just us who has to deal with this. It’s other animals too. Penguins, Beluga Whales, Harp Seals and many more.


No! I never heard of “Global Warming”, is this why all of this is happening? The water rising? oh wow. I never knew that.


You’re kidding, people are causing it?! Well, they need to help us fix this problem before we all die.





Monologue #3: Everything Is Turning Into A Disaster


After seeing what happened to my country, it breaks my heart.

*said in a breaking voice*

I don’t know how some people could look at this and not do anything. You people don’t know how bad it is until you see it lively yourself. You’re just sitting here wasting your money on stupid things. Right now, as you can see my family is struggling. We are left homeless. We’re trying to find shelter but where will it be? No one close by. The roads and streets are flooded with water. The water is at least up to my waist. If my kids were to stand, they would be underwater.

Every time we walk, I have to carry them both in my arms.

This Typhoon is the worse thing that ever happened to my family and I. We have no other place to say but we must go to the city and get a hotel room. I can’t even work now. The crops are probably all gone by now. Everything is turning into a disaster. I just need someone to direct me into the right path right now. I can’t even think start. We all have been wearing the same dirty clothes.

Yeah, we have been walking for days. At night, well, we just try to look for a little dry area. We really don’t want to sleep next to or near the water. It could rise again. Who knows? It just hurts me to see this happening to everyone that I grew up with. It sucks. Everyone else are struggling. Struggling to find a house, food to put on the table and even money. Everyone in this village has been working in the fields. Now, that the field might be gone. We really can’t find another way to find money. Everyone out there, we aren't struggling. Just help us. Help us by not making Global Warming a bigger issue. Make it a smaller issue by not doing bad things to the Earth.




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Climate Change Monologues: Eva Karlen and Ayanna Lemon

This is the compilation of climate change-themed monologues by Eva Karlen and Ayanna Lemon. We chose to write from the perspectives of five very different characters, some fictional and some that reside down the hall at SLA. Though these characters' backgrounds do not follow a specific trend, their monologues constitute different perceptions of climate change that vary between regions, by people's ages and especially by personal beliefs and experiences. Not only did we attempt to scientifically analyze climate change through the eyes of our characters, but we considered the emotional and psychological impacts of climate change through their backstories and transformations. The climate change unit in history helped us to determine the settings of our monologues and how climate change would have affected those specific locations.


VK Tries to Convince the Freshmen of the Corruption and Idiocy of the Government


[VK, a can of red bull in hand, paces between white boards at the front of a Freshman engineering class.]


[The students sit motionlessly in front of the tall, manic man.] So… the political issues related to global warming are… horrible, because the fact is, that it has turned from an ideological argument to a political one and is not founded in the sciences. At all.  There is complete consensus among the scientists...the people who think it’s not a problem? They’re not actually scientist, for the most part, they’re people who have degrees from Universities that aren’t credited to give science degrees.

Why is it that politicians can say “I’m not a scientist, so what can I say about Global Warming?” - listen to the scientists then. And they’re not and it’s completely ridiculous.


[A student raises his hand. VK enthusiastically calls on him.] “Like, wasn’t Obama at the climate summit in New York or something? I think he cares, or whatever.”


[VK grins at the student and continues to rant.] Well, what it really comes down to is the way our political system runs in regards to the fact that people have to pay to advertise - so that therefore what they do is they pander. They create policies that will pander to give them money and since they are willing to get that money, that then enables them to get re-elected. The majority of politicians, sorry not the majority, a large plurality of politicians, instead of trying to better this country have instead decided that they are going to try to get re-elected. That is their number one goal, and in order to do that they are taking positions saying “Oh well...Global Warming...I don’t know if that’s real or not”.


How in the world can you have an energy and science committee for the house of representatives where half the people there are climate change deniers? Thats just stupid. The phrase I’m going to use here is willful ignorance. If a politician says that they don’t know weather or not climate change is happening that is because they are choosing to not know it. It is a reality. [The class stares timidly. VK’s voice softens slightly] Also, “It got really cold during the winter, so there can’t be Global Warming” that is also willful ignorance. Okay? You are making a choice to not be aware of the problems. It got colder here because there is more energy in the system and since there’s more energy in the system the weather systems are gonna change, all that kind of stuff.


So basically, what it really comes down to is money. [VK grins to himself] And right now, because you are able to get a multiple dollars-per-gallon profit on gasoline, a lot of the people who have the money have an economic interest in destroying our climate. And since they have the money, they are then enabled to buy off the politicians - not in a direct I-give-you-money type of way, but you get the picture.


The economic argument against climate change is complete bullcrap [Several students grin], in fact, there’s a study that came out pretty recently by a lot of major business leaders - including some that have an economic interest in oil- that show very convincingly, and I personally don’t have a doubt about this, that it is in both the short-term and the long-term economic interest of this country to pursue energy methods that global warming. It’s not an economy vs. environment - helping the environment is going to help the economy - because instead of repairing a coal plant, you just put in a wind plant. It’s the same money that’d be going into it, except now it’d be going into something sustainable, something that is relatively non-polluting.


(This monologue paraphrases several VK quotes.)

The Gondolier


[An elderly woman sits in a gondola on a narrow canal in Mantua, Venice, oar clutched between her frail fingers]


Droplets cling to the cartouches of law firms and the fangs of stone gargoyles that guard churches. Dew speckles window frames and splintered sunlight wakes the citizens of Venice once again. I pull my the hood of my coat off of my head, withered hands gently shaking my silver hair from where it plastered itself to my head overnight. My bones groan and my elbows squeak gently as I haul myself out of the gondola I’ve come to know like the lines on the palm of my hand, the slender oar like an extension of my arm and my legs easily taking the shape of the curved belly of the lovely boat.

The canals of Venice are incredible in their expansive beauty and intricate grandeur. I know the canals like the veins on my knees or forearms, and each curve down a different section of the city is like the familiar groove my tongue tip touches between each molar. The city, my own body and boat are the only types of “home” that I’ve ever had. Brackish water juxtaposing the candy hued paint of tourists’ shop windows like pastries in a striped box and the rich smoke from markets and the smog from motor boats during the summertime attract tourists internationally, but every time I deliver a person to their destination, the city loses some of the luster and beauty that it once possessed as I grew up around the canals.

I watch as the canals leave muddy streaks on the flanks of buildings as their waters rise with every rainfall, but don’t recede. I weep along with archaic buildings as their crumbling bricks fall like tears into the waters below, only to be patched with scaffolding, their original integrity forever changed. I mourn as the history of my beautiful canals is morphed into a tourist’s paradise. Our visitors want to appreciate our city before it is underwater, but refuse to think twice about the fuel burned from their flight to Italy.

[A young couple saunters over to the elderly woman] Ciao! Ciao, sir! You two are honeymooners? Yes, sir, gondola rides all around the most romantic parts of the city… Oh, you’re visiting to see the city… before it’s too late? I see. Yes, the canals are truly marvelous. I only wish that their beauty was not taken for granted.    



Dear God


(A young boy sits on the porch or his trailer and stares at the sky. He periodically rips chunks of bread off a stale loaf he keeps by his side and feeds to nearby pigeons.)


I don’t really understand how Momma dying could be my fault, dad’s fault, all of our faults, but that’s what they say. They say that it’s a chain reaction, that when we make trash or take long showers or when my dad drives me to school or mines coal at work we somehow help make these bad gasses that poke holes in the ozone layer - that’s like a shield that covers the planet from the sun.


When I was littler, Momma would take me to the woods after school, you know, if I didn’t have too much homework and if dad wasn’t home yet. We’d sometimes take Jenny with us, to walk her. Jenny died a while ago too, but I don’t think it was ‘cause of the sun. I asked mom why she liked the trees so much, and she would just smile and say that they reminded her of my eyes. She told me she wanted to take me somewhere where it was safe to breathe. She taught me a whole lotta important things in the woods, like how everything will die one day, even all of the huge trees and the sun and how dad’s drinkin’ wasn’t his fault, that he was still good to us and that he hated his job, but how sometimes you have to do things you don’t like and try not to be selfish. I still don’t know why you had to take her, and pardon my saying this, God, but I think that was awfully selfish of you.

(Rips a piece of the bread and tosses it to the birds)


When I told my dad what I learned about the sickness, he got angry. He yelled and shouted and threw things - not at me though, never at me. I think he just didn’t know how to deal with his feelings. Then he got very quiet, and he told me that it wasn’t true. I thought about when Jenny died and the animal doctor had to give her a needle and how dad got very pale. But later that evening, after he sat in front of the television to watch the Monday night game, as he always did -drink in hand-, he cried himself to sleep. And I hid in a corner, and pretended I couldn’t hear - like I always do.


Anyway, my mom had Melanoma. That’s skin cancer. But I guess you knew that. They say most people don’t die from it, that it was a one-in-ten chance - but I guess she was just unlucky. And I don’t know much about it, but I know she was sick for a long time before she ever said anything. Not that she was hiding it, it’s just that it’s a sneaky kind of sickness, the kind that isn’t always easy to notice. And by the time she did, notice it, that is, it was already too late.


So, I wanted to ask if maybe you could save my dad. I know he’s not a church-goin’ man, but he’s a good one - he doesn’t deserve to die. But now he’s sick, too. His lungs are black and the doctor says his kidneys - I don’t know what those do, but I know that not having them anymore isn’t good -  can’t take much more of his drinkin’. And now that he’s been laid off, I’m worried that he might stop fighting to stay alive. But I don’t want to be alone, God, and I know that’s mighty selfish of me - that’s what momma would say - but that’s how I feel. And maybe if you let him stay with me a while longer, at least till I’m on my own, he won’t have to cry himself to sleep, and we can get a new dog and go for long walks in the woods and it will be like how it was before we poked holes in the sky.


Atlantis



The continent of Atlantis was an island

Which lay before the great flood

In the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean.


The antediluvian kings colonised the world

All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas

In all legends from all lands were from far Atlantis.


And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind

Let us rejoice

And let us sing

And dance and ring in the new, Hail Atlantis!


  • “Atlantis,” Donovan



[A haggard, middle-aged man stands in the weed-infested yard of his crumbling house overlooking the Atlantic ocean as a storm approaches. A Donovan album plays from a turntable inside the house.]


Can you smell it, Lindsay? No, no, smell again. Not the garbage! The storm! … Yes, of course I can smell the storm. Mmm. Delicious. Detoxifying, even. The tree branches hang a little lower. Plants bow their heads in anticipation for an awe-inspiring- monsoon! The ocean air even infects landlocked villages, remarkable, isn’t it? Lindsay, your flowers should love the rain… well, they used to be beautiful. I’m sorry I’ve let them go to ruins, along with the house. You’ve been gone for so long… I know, darling, not for too much longer and I’ll be joining you.

Do you remember when we bought this LP, Lindsay? No, no, not in Toronto. That little record store in New Paltz, remember? When we had to visit for a conference on alternative energy? The rain in Upstate New York is infinitely gorgeous. Won’t they be surprised when old Lake George floods over? Of course New York will go under, we’ll all go under! No, I fear not death, nor rivers flooding. As long as you’re by my side, darling… ha! Well, death is not so much a black casket as it is a watery grave. We’ll be a modern day Deucalion (doo-key-li-on) and Pyrrha (peer-a), no?

You know, those Greeks were on to something. The Mesopotamians, too. Hell, even in the Bible! … Hardly a depressing thought, darling. An inevitable apocalypse, in my mind. The thought of a Viking funeral was always appealing to me, after all! We burn fossil fuels like it’s our job, who knows how quickly the waters will consume our cities? You realize that the icecaps are melting, don’t you, dear? But what’s the end of the world to a woman with a maggot in her brain?

Really, I am sorry, darling. I didn’t mean to upset you… oh, but look! The storm is getting good now. Vermillion and carnelian streaks of the sunset, like your delicate fingers painted in blood, violent indigo waters, what beautiful chaos… I needn’t go inside, dear, I’ve been waiting a long time for this storm… Lindsay, you have typhoon eyes, you know. Every shade of blue in two irises. Miraculous. Say, darling, do you remember Hurricane Charley as vividly as I do? Right here. Cayo Costa, Florida. We didn’t pack up the car in time to evacuate. We’d left a few important albums in the attic, hadn’t we? Ha! Your body disfigured under wooden ceiling beam debris, winds lashing your hair back and forth across your disfigured face, like the shattered jaw of a stone angel fallen from the steeple of a church and your arms and legs like cracked china doll limbs.

Lindsay? Lindsay, don’t zone out just yet, dearest. What a perfect storm brewing, yes, what marvellous lengths the clouds must have gone to to conceive this fantastic array, to construct stained glass church windows in the heavens! What a funeral the skies have prepared for me! Lindsay, my dearest… we shall be the king and queen of fair Atlantis. “Way down below the ocean, where I wanna be, she may be.”



The Incurable Illness


(A dark place. The air is thick and humid as our narrator’s feeble voice resonates.)

Coughing

Their fumes fill my air and  blacken my lungs. My children die at their own expense as my waters slowly turn acidic, killing all they touch.


And I am tired, so tired. But at night I cannot be comforted by the stars, for their lights cloud my eyes and their smoke fills my skies.

Inhale, Cough

They are in constant movement, burning and boiling and trampling and toiling -They toil and toil, slowly polluting my soil.

And their machines dig deep. Extracting and probing and melting and molding.

And I feel tired. Tired from sustaining and growing and compensating and devoting everything to recompense

Breath in

for their destruction.

Cough

They take, and take and take, never considering the long-term effects of their recklessness.

And I try. I try to tell them that they’re killing me. I try with every storm, every drought, every landslide, every typhoon, every fire.

But they do not listen. And soon, no amount of trying will account to anything anyway, because I am dying and there is only so much resistance I can put forth.


Sometimes I wonder if perhaps this is a war for them - if humanity has finally united under the single cause of bringing my upon my downfall? What they do not realize, is that by killing me, they are killing themselves.

Cough

Humanity is an incurable illness. Like my own personal cancer, they multiply and multiply, but there is no medicine that can save me. And no hope for them should they not change.



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Climate change Monoloque project

ELLA PETERSEN AND LUKAS SUPOVITZ-AZNAR
Our unit of study was about climate change and what we are doing to contribute to it. In order to learn about how it affects certain people and how different parts of the globe are being affected, we used monologues. When writing monologues, we got to experience climate change through different perspectives and this helped us grasp the concept of climate change better. Climate change is not a simple thing and the only way to fully comprehend it we need to know the different ways it plays out in different places. These monologues helped us to realize that climate change is not a distant thing. It’s happening right now, and the damage is constantly being done.
​Perspective of an Inuit
  This climate change. Its been years, and the weather continues to change my life. Climate change has changed my life. Im so used to the cold, it has been like this for my whole life. But the climate change has really gotten very drastic so it is very hard for me to continue to live my life the same way as i have always done it. I am open to change but not like this. The worst part of all of this is I know that it is only going to get worse, and I keep getting these blows. First I just have to re-locate where I live. But my tribe has lived her for so long. I don't know how it is out there, all i see is it is getting hot.  In a place where it pure natural, you are alone with the winter. And every year the Autumn Freeze-up happend around the same time, but now with the climate change happening it occurs up to a month later than it should be. The spring thaw comes earlier every year, and it seems like everything that we instituted into our tribe and our culture is coming to an end. The hot weather in the summer is something that we are not used to. It is not how it is supposed to be, it melts a lot of ice, so we are not left with normal turane.
I have to start moving again, because all of the ice is getting my home damp. I don't know how long i can do this. A world leader has to do something about this, How will my kids live in this world I don't know.  Something has to change, but its the environment. I can not control what happens and that is the hardest thing to understand. My whole tribe is in a frenzy, i really hate how much this involves the whole community. Poor Uhiti, he warned all of us, but we just continued to do what we did. I guess that we will deal with it, and then we will end up happier.



Victim of Hurricane sandy
Its been three days since my home has been destroyed. I would have never thought that I would be homeless. It was just a week ago where i felt on top of the world, I had just earned a raise. Sandy they called it, what a terror. Tore my whole house apart, lucky I was staying at a freinds. But how can I be upset, Its our faults right? I feel like we did this to ourselves. This hurricane would have never happened if we just cared about our environment. If we just cared about our stupid environment I wouldn't be homeless. If we just cared about our stupid environment Scrappy would be alive. Man I miss scrappy, little fella. It seems like it really came back to bite me in the butt. But it can’t all be me, I couldn't have done it myself even if i wanted to. So it was not my fault! Our goddamn society ruined my house, my city is underwater and I lost my dog. I went to college, how the hell can i be homeless.
My life is a mess, i dont even know where to start. Where will I live. And right now, i live in a ford focus. I guess not totally homeless. But if i'm not homeless i'm hopeless, I just can't seem to see the end of this. Thank god all of my friends are okay, if they were not I don't know what i would do. Damn, i wonder how badly my house is, I saw pictures and it looks like I am going have to find a new house. I guess I will just start over, time to stop double thinking myself and just commit to something, I think it will be for the better. I just can not get it out my mind that all of this could have been avoided if we as humanity cared about our home and this planet. As much as we get from the planet, we also take it for granted. And destroy it daily, so know we are paying for it, and so is scrappy.



Making her Suffer
Watching your friend suffer is hard. Watching your friend suffer due to something that you know you contributed to is even harder.
I’ve never been a recycler, I’ve never been a nature person, and I’ve definitely never stopped to ask myself how my decisions are impacting the world I live in. When I got the call from my best friend that I had known since basically birth, she told me that her house was torn down, her mom had died and there was little relief going on in her town in the Philippines right now. This was all due to an unexpected hurricane that shook her town into oblivion.
I didn’t know what to do but tell her it was going to be alright and offer to fly her out to my house to live with me for a while. But I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of guilt for the way I’ve treated my earth. 
For the past 20 years, until that moment I had been living in a fish bowl, not realizing the things that I was doing actually had consequences. All the stuff that I had put into that landfill or all the energy that I use that contributes to the burning of fossil fuels and speeds up the rate of climate change.
I’m not blaming only myself, I am just aware that I  am one of the many ignorant beings that do not understand what I am doing to my home. These natural disasters that people suffer through such as my friend, are getting bigger and bigger. For me to just stand by and watch this happen is unthinkable. 
The earth can’t speak for itself. We need to realize the signs and we need to make it right. We’ve already done irreversible damage, let’s not do more. I’m starting with myself, not just for me, not just for the earth, but for my best friend. I think it’s not too late. 


Complaining for a Change
For me to say that I hate climate change would be an understatement. The only reason I make money is because of the climate. The only reason I’m alive is because of the climate. Climate change is a nightmare that I am living.
I am a farmer. I work morning and night to keep my piece of land plentiful and I am also an in love with my planet. Lately though, things have been happening. I live in Florida. It’s very warm here generally but recently the temperatures have been lower than usual. This means crops dying left and right. Life as I’ve always known it seems to be falling apart. All I know is farming. I’m the best at what I do. I have never been in another profession. And climate change is slowly draining my money. I can’t sell and produce with the weather that has been going on lately.
If you ask me what motivates people to make a change, I wouldn’t have an answer. I believe that people won’t be determined to make a change until it’s too late. We tend to push things off and if we aren’t making a difference now then when will we? When the hurricanes get stronger or the tornados move faster? I can’t say, but I do know that we’re doomed as of right now.
But I guess I’m a hypocrite because what am I doing for climate change? Just whining about how no one is doing anything. I use quite a bit of energy, I don’t protest, and I most certainly do not get thrown in jail for mother nature. If I want a change, I need to start with myself.




Saving my Home
As a person living in Africa, my life has already suffered many stresses. The effects of climate change have yet to destroy my life.
Africa has struggled for many years, leaving us with a history of death, violence, but also beauty. Our land is full of exotic animals and amazing wildlife. To think that this is threatened is beside me.
By 2020, 75 to 250 million people are going to be experiencing more water problems than ever before due to climate change. 
Our agriculture is at risk. Many of it is rain fed, and we will be suffering major droughts due to climate change. Africa has a lot of economic stress right now meaning that many people already are at a shortage of food. With the shortage of rain making less food, this means disaster.
What annoys me most is that I can’t really do much. I feel very disconnected from the world leaders that could actually make a difference with regard to climate change if they wanted to.
I don’t know who to turn to or who to blame but I do know that if we don’t change our ways soon then everyone including my beautiful homeland is doomed. 
It starts with me asking you for help and it ends with a chain reaction. I need our earth. And so do you, for that matter. We all do.
It feels so awful to know that our poor planet is suffering due to us and our lazy, greedy, ignorant actions. I just hope that it gets the help it deserves before it’s too late. I love my earth and I love my Africa, and I can’t stand to see them suffer any longer.










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Climate Change monologue project

​1.


Sea


[ A boy is sitting on a dock looking at the water. ]


Why is this water so dark? My friends are telling me that the fish look bad and they wont touch it.  Dad I wish were here you would be as scared as me. The water is getting worse every time I come up here. What scares me is what if I have to move? I will not move till its the worst. Dad I promised you that I would never leave but that may be my only choice. Our little town has almost all gone accept for the fisherman. There must be away to fight back this dark water. You always said the worst will all ways past and I hope it does.

[pause ] reality

¨Hey jay - I am good- you are leaving when - I see - I will stop by later - I know the water is getting bad- I am with my uncle- He may not stay there is not money coming in- I don't want that to be an option this is my home- ok I will see you later.


[goes back into thought]


Dad I been thinking about all the times you and I used to fished here. You said the world endless and that fish will always need to be caught. The sea was so clear you could see all the rocks that fish would jump out. Now the water is dark and you can’t see anything in the water. You made me feel like everything was going to be good even if it was not.  


I believe there something wrong but what? The loss of my town is scary. Everybody is leaving what is there left to save? I want to fight this but its almost a disease that killing everything I love. Dad I hope you know I would never do anything that would change our life we had made here. But its not safe to stay.  


2.

World with worry


[Women is on stage at a conference]


Hello everybody thanks for coming today. My name is Anne and over the last few years my life has changed. Living in New York in Manhattan I never thought in a million years I would ever be speaking on climate change. But my last job has change my mind on climate change.

[sites in a chair in the front of stage]


My job was working for a large company and we built keyboards for computers. I never really thought of what really goes into the manufacturing of the keyboards. I worked hard on design with a design team. We all wanted a perfect design that could pull in the big bucks. One day I was walking home looking up at the sky. I Started to think where do things come from.  How are they built. We all have theses ideas but to make your ideas you have to make the product.

[stand up and stares into audience]


I started to question where my company. I knew that there was outsourcing involved. But I later learned that the mass production was being in Asia in large factories that had a high rate of chemicals that were really hurting the environment and the people inside the factories. I was fired and yet no matter how much I try to not think about what this company had done it stuck with me. I believe all theses companies need to change and understand that factories and plants are killing us without knowing or caring. So I want to stand against this and change the air because I want my kids and the future to have a healthy and happy place to live.  


3.

A life change in a moment

[A man sites on porch writing ]


Dear Prime Minister Enda Kenny,


My name is Charlie I am writing to  you because my family farm is being destroyed. The land that I live on and have my family farm on is getting worse every day. Everyday I see crops stop growing and there is nothing I can do but watch.  My life is being torn apart every moment of every day. There is no complete answer.


You and your friends watch as the things we need in life are being striped away. I believe you can make a change one that can have a huge impact on what’s going on. To be angry at you means I need to know you which I don't. There are many farms that need even more help than mine and peoples homes and land are being taken away.


As there is no money coming in. I hope you understand that just waiting till all the farms have all disappeared and there is nothing left is a very bad idea. If we can change what's going on now we can change the course of where all these farms futures are going towards.


Sincerly,


Charlie.











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Nevrid's Climate Change Monologue

Part 1

During this unit in World History, we have been learning the way humans have changed this world, by affecting it’s climate, and causing climate change. Climate change affects the Earth by heating the planet and causing destruction in many different ways. Humans play the biggest part in climate change, by releasing CO2 in the atmosphere from cars, factories, etc, and causing climate change. In my monologues my goal was to show the perspective of different people and nature, and how they felt about climate change. I wanted the monologues to inspire and make people actually feel and do something about climate change. I hope you enjoy them.  


Part 2

Oil Miner

(Picks up a megaphone and speak in front of a large crowd behind a fence protesting for no more mining and hurting the Earth, causing global warming.)

Guys, what do you want me to do?... Leave?!... Than what? Have no food for my family. No money to pay the bills. What do you guys think? You think i want to do this job?... No i don’t it’s something i hate doing, but it pays the bills. Mining 18 hours a day and getting payed almost minimum wage is not what i want to do, but like i said, it pays the bills. Hear me out guys. This is from the heart. You are right, but are you going to pay the bills in my house? No, you won’t. So this job is what i have to do. This protest you are doing, is hurting you more. As you can see, work is still going. Please, go home. Take rest. Coming out here is not worth it. Us workers we are just trying to bring food to the table. You should take this to the government. They can give you what you want. Protesting us to stop, is just making us angry. So, leave!... Guys we got families to feed, just leave.


Harry Cane

(Harry (Hurricane) thinking of a speech to give, to the people that he destroyed their properties.)

Im sorry! From the bottom of my heart, i want to say i’m sorry. It is my fault for doing all of this. I know your now homeless. I know you have lost everything. I know i caused this. My destruction, is something that i can’t control. The houses i knock down, the cars i flip over, the debris i make is all because i can’t control it. The better the environment around me, the less i appear, and the less dangerous i am. I’m just like you, a human. My surroundings affect me, just like they affect you. I do accept that some of it was my fault, and im sorry.

(Mummbles) Ok, here we go.

Not all of it was my fault. It was mostly your fault. This is a two way street. You can’t receive but don't give back. You take everything from this planet, destroy it, cause global warming, and think it will be okay. But it won’t. You know why?... Because of all of you. I come because of you. You treat the planet bad. I then return the favor to you. Don’t just think about your planet, think about your children. What kind of future are you leaving for them? What example are you setting for your children? Think about how they will have to pay for this. There is ways to fix this way of treatment to the planet. There are many ideas that are phenomenal, and would work greatly, but nobody does anything about it. If you get off your phones and computers, you can actually do something about your planet and follow those who already have started. Again, blame yourselves for this destruction that happened. Because of this destruction, you have no houses, no belonging, and are sitting in a crowded shelter. Think harder for what your actions bring you!

(Talks to himself) Needs more work.


Steven Gerrard

( Steven who is about to give a speech in front of his entire school about what they can do to help climate change, and what they are currently doing)

(Speaks to himself) Oh my God! … I can’t believe i’m doing this! … Hope everyone doesn’t make fun of me. …

Hi guys! How are you doing? … Great! … Look i’m not going to stand up here, and bore you. I’m going to get straight to the point. Climate change. The world has now the highest CO2 levels that there ever been and, we are in trouble. What are we doing? … Nothing! Why? … I’m curious as well. We are one of the leading schools in our area, we have the minds to accomplish change for the better, but we are not even trying. So as a school, as students, i think we should stand up, and make our own future, not one that is directed by the government. The same government that is not doing anything about this. We could start by spreading the word, to everyone that doesn’t know, and remind those who do know. Than make our way to the big steps. Start making plans on bigger things. A process that follows once we get things started. What do you guys think? … Our knowledge is here together, the people of this world are also here, we are part of it, and we are also part of the future. How about we change our future for the better, for everyone, starting now?  

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Climate Change Monologue Project


Reflection:


In this unit for World History we studied climate change. We focused on how various people view climate change and how it affects us as individuals. In class we watched a short film about the up and coming event People’s Climate March event and the preparation that was going on in order to have the event come to life. As a class, we discussed our personal views on climate change and and quotes from different public figures to decide if we agreed or disagreed with their opinion. For this specific project, as partners we had to create five monologues portraying five distinct circumstances about climate change. For those who do not know, a monologue is a “speech” performed by a solo actor for a theatrical program. When writing each of these monologues, the goal was to make each voice for each individual one sound different. So there was a bigger spectrum on the voices and reasons behind climate change. In each monologue, there also had to be some sort of transformation of attitude in each character. It could have been something so small as a change within the person, or something as big as their view and perspective on climate change.




I DO THIS FOR HER : Michelle


Her daughter has chronic asthma and is highly affected by the pollution that is contracted in the air. She is also tied up with hospital bills that have her living paycheck to paycheck. Living as a lower-middle class citizen.


(knock on the door)

Hey Sadie, wassup? What do you need?

(takes paper)

A march? For what?

Climate change? Yeah uhhh Sadie, I’m not going to be available that day, I’ve uhhh got somewhere to go.

Okay, sorry about that, bye now

(closes apartment door)

And for her to think I’d go outside in this freezing Chicago weather marching for CLIMATE CHANGE! Pshhhh

(Phone rings) Skylar go get that phone for me please!

Who is it?

Yes? Hello?

Speaking.. May I ask who’s calling?

Ohhhh hi doctor Elizabeth! What’s up? You never call unless something’s really wrong with Skylar

Give me the bad news first (pause)

She has what?!

I’m still hundreds and thousands of dollars in the hole from all the stuff she’s had before! How do you guys expect me to be able to afford this?!

I’ve sold my house and moved in to the janky apartment trying to generate enough money to pay these hospital bills every month!

You said you had some good news… What was that?

Okay well I’m happy about that, but how can she be “healed” when I can’t afford for her to have this procedure?

The insurance companies have stopped paying her hospital bills since she was 6… My daughter’s 11 now!

For 5 years… 5 years now I’ve been paying out of pocket for all the 20 something procedures she’s had

I’M DROWNINGGGG in hospital bills!!!
It seems like her asthma has rapidly been getting over the past couple of years… Is there anything that can be the cause of that?

Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the air… WAIT WAIT WAIT Climate Change?!

So you mean to tell me climate change is the reason behind all of this?

Dr. Elizabeth can I ask you to hold on for one second?

SKYLARRRR!!!! COME HERE!!!! Turn off and unplug everything you’re not using, and no more driving everywhere, if we can we’re walking or catching the bus (scrambles through trash can trying to find paper Sadie gave her about climate march)

People’s Climate March… September 21st 2014… New York, NY?

(runs to Sadie’s apartment and bangs on the door, Sadie opens the door)

SADIE, SADIE, SADIE

Tell me more about that People’s Climate March

No no no, I checked, I’m free that day now!

I’m ready, I’m going, I’ll do it with you! Me and Skylar!

Thanks so much Sadie, see you on the 21st!

Bye


YOU AND WATER FOR LIFE : Jay-Z


[In the recording studio trying to record a song about climate change.]


yeah, ahuh ahuh

(friend walks in)

(talking to engineer/producer) Can I take take 5 right quick?

Yo bruva, (daps) wassup with you son?!

Nun much , I been tryna lay down this track, but it aint sitting all the way easy with me

Nun really I’m just a little scared b. These people might not be feeling it!

Member that UN Water for Life campaign I was tellin’ you about? Yeah and that’s what im tryna do, cause I feel like this the only way the people gone receive the message

Aight well imma spit something and tell me if you dig it (freestyle)

Bruh you wylin’! I can’t do that! This song is gone be trash! I’m not feelin’ it, AT ALL!  

Well when this record flops, I’m tellin’ errbody you’re the face behind it!

(walks into booth)

Aye can you bring that beat back just a little bit?

YEAH YEAH YEAH B, right there, right there!

(If you having climate problems I feel bad for you son,

I got 99 problems, and water’s becoming one

Water for life, it’ll be here forever

These crazy climate changes need to try and do better

Son, this weather be going from 0 to a hundred real quick

Dont know if you’ll need a scarf or a sweater tryna keep from getting sick

OH LORD! We aint got nothing we can show for it, I cant really mmhhh mhhh mmhhhh.)

(messes up)

AHHHHH !!!!!! Aight Aight one more time! Bring that beat back,

From the top this time!

Right there, right there, that’s it!

(If you having climate problems I feel bad for you son,

I got 99 problems, and water’s becoming one

Water for life, it’ll be here forever

These crazy climate changes need to try and do better

Son, this weather be going from 0 to a hundred real quick

Dont know if you’ll need a scarf or a sweater tryna keep from getting sick

OH LORD! Aint got a whole lot to show for it.  

Water going so quick, we gotta search for it.

Once the water goes and slips right through ya fingers, it aint gone sit around and linger

People expect it to just sit around to be there and linger

They say you can’t turn a bad atmosphere good, but a good atmosphere’s gone bad, its gone forever)

Aight I think that’s good!

Yeah imma come out, so I can hear from the top

Yeah son I knowwww! This jawn wavvyyyy! We got a hit on our hands

Thanks b I really appreciate it

Imma get outta here though, I got a meeting for UN,

Yeah that’s cool imma just hit ya line when I get free!

Aight man (chucks dueces)



ABOUT ALL OF US


[Picks up crates of fruits and vegetables]


I can’t believe it. . . Another day with only five sales[places the crates in the back of the truck]. I used to have fifty plus people coming to the market just by noon.[Picks up another crate] Its just not right. Not right for me and not right for the community. . . They should be able to rely on me for their well grown organic fruits and vegetables. . . My stuff is waaay better than the crap sold at Trader Joe’s. . . Its just not the same anymore. . . [Sits down at the back of the truck] The soil has become dry and hard to work with . . . My corn has become stale and most of my crops cannot be sold . .  . I will not sell to my customers these things . . . I focus on quality not quantity but both are really bad right now . . . I know its not me, it can’t be me. . . I have done this my whole life and its been working out well but now things have been going real bad. . .Ah, I know exactly what it is . . . its that stuff thats in the air thats whats messing up my crops. They’ve been talking about it all over news but I never stopped and realized [He pauses]  that it could have an effect on me. .  .[Starts to think about news stories that have to do with climate and growing crops]. . . Yes, yes I remember . . .  The rice crops in Thailand. The older woman said something about how the climate changes are disturbing the weather patterns. . .Thats whats has to be affecting me too. . . The heat waves that have been happening have now been a weekly service announcement. . . When it rains and we decide to use that water for any purpose they tell us that it must be filtered. .  . They say that we have to be careful with our river water. . . RIVER WATER! River water is suppose to be clean water but we have to be cautious . . .[Puts one hand on his head] What’s that phrase that the woman said referring to all this ? . . . Climate Change . . . Climate change is what’s affecting my work, my community and this entire world.



I AM THE VOICE OF CHANGE (STUCK IN DISASTER) : Yohani


[He gathers his bullhorn to start to speak to the people walking through the town]


People . . . People we have to start doing something. You have to come and listen to what I have to say . . We need to unite in order to combat this problem . . (Starts getting frustrated) You know its all around us . . Our own city of Tacloban has been tortured by these vicious climate changes. . . Typhoon Haiyan had no mercy when it came to us and we should have no mercy when it comes to telling the world our story . . . You see me as a bum and as a beggar but I am more than that . .  .  I do not beg for your food and your money for which I know you do not have  . . . I beg for your attention , for your awareness . . . I beg because I never want to relive the absolute worst day of my life. . .  In a matter of 30 seconds everything was gone. My family, my house, my community. And I was left alone in this cold, cruel world. . . But I will not stop until I see change. . . America WILL hear our voices! (Hours later during protest) Guys look! (points up in there air, seeing an air force 1 air craft) Our messages have been answered at last!!!! Hello President Obama (bows down to him) OKAY OKAY EVERYONE! The people with the Red Cross Disaster Relief jackets are here to help!! This line (points) is for anyone who needs for or water… This line (points) is for anyone who needs medical attention.. And this line right here (points) is for all the people that need clothing and or shelter. After all of this is situated, we have some major clean up to do. C’mon people, we’ve got work to do!




THIS IS RIDICULOUS : Joe Parker


He is on his walking down the stairs to the subway and a lady hands him a flyer about “The People’s Climate March” He was in a rush so he merely pays it any attention. When he gets a seat on the train.


[He is handed a flyer about the up and coming “People’s Climate March” and rushes after]


Excuse me, pardon me . . . excuse me, pardon me . . . Excuse me, pardon me . . . Coming through. Now, what is this? While I’m here thinking about the future, you hand me some piece of crap that means NOTHING. I need coffee, the only thing people can get right nowadays is coffee.


.  .  . Good Morning Jane, well my morning oh yeah it was great thanks for asking, except for the part when I woke up. Well, before heading to the horrible place, which we call the subway, I got a stupid flyer buried into my hands by an overly eager kid that needed to be in school instead handing out flyers in the middle of New York which just pissed me off because it wasn’t even important enough for someone to be sacrificing their time to do.  . . What was it about? It was about something to do with marching with people and and the climate. Let me . . wait . First, have I gotten any phone calls this morning. . . No, well thats okay. We still have a full day ahead of us.  Now while I have time nothing better to do, I might just take your advice and look whatever the hell it is up. . okay. . . With my trustee tool google anything is possible, so I might just gain interest about this topic. . . People’s . Climate. March. Search. . . huh. . Taking place on September 21st 2014 , i didn’t think this was a “thing”. . . [Goes to a website and sees a picture that gets him angry] What the hell is this? Are you serious right now? Marty . . . You got to be kidding me right now.  . .[Dials the phone to call Marty]  . . . Marty what do i think you're doing on this darn climate march website. . . Do you realize how ridiculous you look . . .How ridiculous you make ME look . . .My aunt taught you better than that. . . To not make us look like fools out here . . You know what I do for a living and do you honestly think that you are helping me in any way by having you face plastered on the website . . . FMI people know we’re related. I honestly can’t believe you would do this to me . . .It BETTER be worth it.
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Climate Change Monologue Project

Climate change is a very real issue in our world. However, its effects, though widespread, often go unnoticed. As Americans, we are very familiar with the scientific reasoning behind climate change; the hard facts that prove that the carbon emissions that we put out daily are affecting weather patterns, and gradually warming our earth. We hear about storms and droughts, caused by changes in the earth's atmosphere, and many times have the mentality that "something" should be done. This is true. Something needs to be done about the inconceivable rate at which CO2 and other greenhouse gasses are being pumped into the atmosphere. Nevertheless, that "something" must be an informed decision. I use the word "informed" to mean not only knowledge of scientific facts, which are important, but to mean taking into account underrepresented perspectives from around the world. In our World History class, we were tasked with writing monologues to give voices to people whose opinions about climate change are not clearly black-and-white, but equally, if not more important. In my monologues, I tried to offer a wide range of perspectives, to show that global warming and shifts in climate patterns are not issues with a clear solution, and that any opinion about this affair has to be one that takes into account all points of view.

My monologues center around the effects of a fictional company, TEXTiles. This U.S. based, China powered corporation creates clothing easily identified by the fact that it is completely printed with text (hence the name). The first of my three monologues is told from the perspective of the C.E.O. of the company, who is grappling with her father about the company going "green." It can be found here.

The second text is spoken by a worker at the TEXTile company in China, who is worried by the fact that his son, whose best friend was killed in the typhoon that struck the Philippines, has begun to hate him due to the fact that he works at a factory. He knows that his son is aware that China's factories directly contributed to the erratic weather patterns that created Typhoon Haiyan,  but cannot quit his job at the factory. This monologue can be found here.

My final monologue is told from the perspective of the son. After the death of his best friend he is consumed with grief, which he takes out on his parents for working at the very factories that he blames for the death of his friend. The monologue can be found here.

To finish up the project, we were asked to videotape ourselves reading one of our monologues. Below is a video of me reading my first monologue, "The Executive" in front of my class.
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Climate Change Monologue Project

In this unit we learned about Climate Change and how its effecting country's around the world. We were suppose to make three different monologues with three different people showing how they feel about Climate Change. The first monologue is about how a man who lost everything in the 2011 tsunami that happened in Japan. The second monologue is about a farmer complaining about all the bad things that are happening to him due to Climate change. The last monologue is about a teacher who is teaching her students about Climate change when something dramatic takes place.






Monologue 1# Video


"I lost everything"


Sitting down on reservation serving food talking to volunteers


I used to be the company manager of Intec the leading business in technical advances. We were making breakthrough discoveries when on march 11. The tsunami hit us i was in my office going through our recent results in a new energy source. The clouds were heavy and it was raining. I saw some big waves forming they were pretty far up shore. I mean my first thought was wow that's a pretty big wave Then the ground started to shake this earthquake was so powerful the building started to shake i could see some of the ceiling cracking.I tried to rush out the building but it started to collapse i didn't even know the tsunami hit till water started to leak in my space. I lost my arm that day. I had been pinned by one of the pillars in the building for five days. Till someone finally found me. That was the worst disaster that has every happened in japan I lost many of my friends thankfully my family took shelter. I lost my company, all my research and my arm. People need to realize that climate change is happening and even though it might not be occurring where they are at its affecting other people. I almost died that day. Once we rebuild I will make it my duty to bring notice to climate change. I am a survivor and a voice for all those who didn't survive.




Monologue 2#


"City Folk"


Hey bill (sits on porch) hows it goin wit you and the family… Well you know me i'm fine my momma raised a survivor. (grabs beer takes a sip) ahhh man nothing like a beer on a sunday. You know the kids been complaining lately talking about all this heat. I told them to suck it up. Man dis damn heat is killing me and my crops. Not even summer yet. Just yesterday I went outside saw all my crops are brown. The ground is hard as rock. Don't know where the water dun gone. Them greedy city-folk been using all that water. Mary been saving up all the water for the week. I don't know how much of all this I can take..( takes another sip) them bill collectors been circling my house lately they're like vultures.  Been threatening to evict me and my family.       They can try ..got my shotgun right by my door let them step on my property. I've been trying to make money but my crops been all dying can't sell nothing all the money I been saving up to pay the electricity. Can't even feed my kids bill (starts sobbing) . All dis been happening cuz of dem city-folk wit all that smoke going up in sky. The news said so. They said umm.. it was climate change. If I don't see some changes in how the government see climate change I might go to New York myself and my shotgun tell them what to do. (Drinks the last of beer) Well alright bill I gotta go Mary will be looking for me soon.    Hey good luck to you to. (exits porch walks away)







Monologue 3#


"Climate change"


In today's lesson we will be learning about climate change. Climate change is important class because in recent studies scientists have found out it is occurring already. Alright Richard (points to student) could you tell the class what climate change is since you seem the most optimistic. That's right Richard did everyone hear him. He said that climate change is when the weather starts to change and have different weather patterns. Could someone some tell me why this is important (chooses student) yes  sally … thank you but that's not exactly right, climate change is important now because over the last century our world has become warmer this is resulting in melting polar ice caps, extreme droughts, and intense rain. There are more harmful effects to. (lightning flashes outside with a big boom as the thunder scares the class.) Ooh that scared me you see class look out side (teacher points towards windows) this rain is an example of climate change this is the most rainfall Philadelphia has ever gotten. Climate change is happening because of the pollution humans are causing. (load noise starts up) Some people are trying to get the government to take notice of climate change. That's why there will be a march in New York during a UN meeting to get them to talk about climate change and I having been thinking for the 9th grade field trip to everyone can march with them. Whats that noise?!!! (Storm gets worse) School starts to shake. Alright everyone leave your stuff and leave the room we have to get you to safety. (she leads the class in the hallway Roof comes off. Hurry up run.. its a tornado.(panting) (tornado comes through the building screams everything becomes silent.)












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Climate Change Monologue Project

In our World History class we were learning about the impact of climate change on our world. Climate change is the earth's climate changing for a long time. I learned that climate change is mainly caused by what people are doing to the earth. We treat the earth as though it doesn't matter and that not only affects us but the animals and the earth as well. Due to climate change disasters are happening all the time such as melting glaciers in the arctic region which cause the polar bear population to rapidly decline. Another, thing is the natural disasters that are happening due to climate change. There are many horrid things that are happening due to climate change and we as humans are contributing to these problems. We need to come together and care more about the earth before its to late and then something drastic happens that we can't push to the side anymore. My three monologues tells the stories of certain characters  that are affected by climate change

Teylor Ellerbe

Iron stream

World History

Melting and Gone


( waking up for morning time) I can't believe papa hasn't come back from his hunting trip. He said we were going to play our favorite game “ walk like a penguin” but he hasn't been back since the last full moon, and that was 5 days ago mama says. I wonder why momma prays to the spirit gods at night every night, this must mean papa is in trouble. I really hope papa comes home tomorrow. My 12 birthday is coming up I’m becoming a woman soon papa has to be here he just has to be. ( walks outside) Finally the men are back from the hunting  trip, but where’s papa and what are they carrying. It’s look like a big seal or body. “mama what's that’s, what are they carrying where is papa.” “I don't want to be quite where is papa.” “ Papa ! ....Papa ! …. Papa !. “Where is my dad !” “ He’s what he can’t be I just …. You're lying stop Lying please wheres my dad ( starts crying). Why does this have to happen to me , I have been good I pray to the spirit gods everyday, I feed the dogs, I help mama around the house this is not fair. Papa can't be dead he can't we didn't sing our favorite song for my birthday. He always called me his sweet Etenia right before I blew the candles out. I bet this because of all the ice melting. He promised he would stay away from that ice. I just wanna blame somebody … This is all the stupid Americans fault they have everything to do with this. With their big smoke houses blowing gas in the air and the way they throw dirt and stuff on the ground is horrible. Now my beautiful Alaska  is melting and my papa is dead, who knows what else could happen. Momma may be right after all. These Americans have angered the spirited gods for to long and now they have really done it destroying our beautiful world and taking lives. They are going to pay, their all are going  to pay.


Your Are now Leaving Colorado


( watching the trees) Still till this day I don't understand why the spirit gods gave me the name Napayshni. For crying out loud the name means courageous. As I watch the colors of amber oranges and lust reds cover my friends head to toe I think am I next. For one thing I know I am not courageous, watching my friends fall bark by bark, leaf by leaf, and branch by branch I think Napayshni in no way are you courageous enough to save any of them. These colors seem to spread fast, I wonder what they are ? All I know is that they do something to my friends. It looks so painful. I want to stop hearing the screams of my friends as the colors swarm them swallowing them whole. There’s another life, soul even air taken away. My friends are what make up this place we are everywhere. We blend so well with the mountains and rivers. Why would anyone want to get rid of such a beautiful place that we helped create. These colors smell of the black clouds coming out from the big brick houses. Factories I believe thats what the humans call them I really don’t know, can't really trust those humans. They make the strange midnight clouds that cover me from leaves to roots. Now that I think about it, just yesterday a bunch of humans came out and started creating these colors. They never put it out, they just left it there and then the colors started to move upwards. I didn't know those colors could run so fast the way they did. I also wonder if the humans have to do with the temperature going up. The hotter it is the more colors you see, everything always has to do with humans they made these colors. They are killing off anyone now and soon they're going to kill off their self soon. The colors are getting closer to me now. This is all to scary I don't know what to do. I wish I could move but I’m stuck to the ground. “Your are now leaving Colorado” what a strange sign. The colors are close to me. I really wish my friend would stop calling my name. Courageous he calls, courageous he keeps saying but courageous I am not. The colors are swarming me now, they are turning me to the dust like they do my friends. This hurts really bad. Its killing me. “Your are now leaving Colorado.” I guess that sign is right, I really am now.


No More Fight Left


( walking to find food) “ Naga , Naga all the time she calls me.” I wish my mother would stop calling me. I know don't go near the sharp ice or don't go near the small ice. Stay away from the water. Sessh I’m old enough to walk on my own mama I don't need you babying me. I wonder what's so wrong with playing with the ice. Its so small and looks fun I just wanna touch it. the ice does stick to my white fur we can match, so why stay away from something that matches me.Mhmm when mama doesn't look I’ll go play over there. All I know is i'm so hungry I wish we didn't have to walk so far for food. Since the ice becomes smaller we walk long distances. All this walking isn't good for mama. It takes away all her energy and now she says my baby brother went to the spirit gods to fast because she has no energy. I really don't understand why all this is happening to Alaska. Momma say because of the temperature rising or because the earth is warming. I guess when it gets hot the the ice melts a lot . Its been shrinking a lot lately we haven’t been able to catch any seals for food. I haven’t had any food and 3 days thats to long for a me to go. I think mama hurts more than me though. When we do find some food, mama gives it to me. She is becoming more weak and frail by the second. Somebody has to to help my momma she can't walk any longer, the ice needs to get bigger again momma can't give anymore babies to the spirit gods any longer she needs rest. She needs somebody to save her. I always compare my momma to the earth. They both hurt , they both cry and they both are broken. The earth just has a little more fight then momma. Soon the earth and mamma are not going to have anything left to fight , then were really going to be in trouble.


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Climate Change project

Peter Torelli


Monologue project on climate change. This unit in history we learned that climate change is a crisis to our weather. It has been making our seasons changing becoming more harsh. Also many storms have becoming stronger, our factories haven't been realize that we are making this worse. This project was designed to show that climate change is not  a joke and is effecting many.


monolouge:1

filipino women talking to news forecaster about the storm. Arguing that this is our fault.  


Why?, why us, we do nothing to deserve this. Everyday I ask myself, when will another one come, and how will I prepare. My home destroyed, my village suffering from our “ina kalikasan.”  I listen to the news, overhearing the march on climate change. Then I realized this happened because of us, our factories, cars, global warming. This needs to end, our world needs to be healthy, our leaders need to realize how catastrophic this is. I gain hope because of the march, I pray if this march can be reflected on, to make it big enough to spread the word that fear is coming, just to ignore it! My sisters and brother were killed, this has to end now.

If ina kalikasan”  is dieing then we are coming with it. I know as human that our civilization will succeed to live, from our ancestors we have learned to fight for what is right, to adapt to our environment! If I have to die, for my kids to live in a clean healthy environment, then yes, let me die today. I will not let my kids suffer in this unhealthy, disastrous environment. I believe in faith, I believe that I suffer now for the greater being in the future. I dont know what the future looks like but I hope it doesn't look like this one. People might not know what it feels to suffer because they are in there nice homes, but one day there storm will hit, and it will destroy.



monolouge: 2

A middle age women

addressing: climate change to the fellow protesters.  


Tv turned on, mommy mommy look at all these people marching, Mom shutting off Tv,  where are you going mommy, “ sweetie mommy will be right back, I have to take care of a few errands.” “Jessica is on her way to take care of you while I am gone.” Knock knock, Jessica arrives. Hi Ms. hopkins says jessica, “hello Jessica, I will be attending the march today, but sophie doesn't know that, and I can't have her knowing.” “Why Ms, hopkins, Jessica said, well if I tell her the effect of climate change and what it is doing to the environment she will get upset and scared.” “Ok sweetie mommys leaving now you be good ok, yes mommy always sophie said.”

Ms hopkins arriving at the march, talking to the other protesters. “Everyone gather up”, crowed silent. We are gathered here today at this glorious protest, to prove that our earth is slowly dieing, because of us. Our factories are blowing out 12 gallons of smoke every minute, for what just to produce things that us selfish government needs. This all changes now, finally we get to fight for what is right, for the people that have already suffered from the catastrophic events. Lets make history at its finest, but before we start lets say a prayer for those lives that we lost and also the people that are suffering. “Our lord please let those that suffered the most from climate change to rebuild, like humans do and to adapt to the effects, also to make the best of what they got, amen.”   

   



monolouge: 3

characters: 2 brother squirrels/ older brother teaching little brother about smoke from factories.


1 squirrel speaking to the other about how the factory smoke can make them not breath also leading them to choke and waste all their energy on trying to breath. During the winter they have to find some wear else to conserve their energy and how the factory smoke can make them not breath also leading them to suffocate, this makes them waste all their energy on trying to breath.


Come on little brother this way I want to show you something, as your big brother I am going to have to show you a lot as you start to older. Little brother says, “Where are we going big brother.” Older brother says “you are about to see the monster.” Here we are, take a good look of what you see because this is the one place you don't want to be near, I show you this for the better. I call it the monster because it blows out so much smoke that can get into your body and kill you. This is how our dad die, Mom says that he was looking for nuts during the winter, and out of nowhere he gets a big whiff of strong poison that kills him.

Little brother, “So, cant we just stay away from the smoke.” Big brother, “No, it is not that easy, when winter comes around we have to be a consumer of energy, we can try to run from the smoke but the smoke spreads so much that I trap it into the forest where we live.” But little brother, I believe that as animals we are just like the humans, we will always thrive to live and expand. This is not just killing us but our earth, last year our winter was harsh and our summer was hot, I believe it is the monster that is doing this. Ok, little brother I hoped you learned a lot today, lets go home and tell mom what you learned.




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Climate Change Monologue Project

This is the monologue Project of Harry Freed and Xavier Carrol. We worked together on five monologues that were meant to show the effects of climate change through five different pairs of eyes. We decided that most people would be thinking of their monologues from the point of view of the direct victims, but we decided to try and avoid what we assumed would become cliche. Our monologues seek to explore global warming from more abstract viewpoints, to get into the heads of the outliers in this situation.

Monologue 1:
Polar Bear Photographer:
Dear Alva,
It’s been two days, and there’s no land, not even an ice cap. I can tell its legs hurt, his paws move almost lifelessly. For the first time I feel dread. The assignment was easy, a four day shoot following the events of a dying polar bear. I’m making a lot of money too, 200 dollar for every picture they use. But it’s getting harder. Just watching things change. 
There use to be lots of ice. Ten years ago you could walk from one end to another without worrying about falling through. That was then, but the ice is melting now. I've been shooting for three days, and I haven't touched the ice once. It’s a liability issue. This whole thing is messed up. “we want sympathy” they said. “We're the direction that this company is moving People want a happy ending; they want something to remember.” they said.
We're dying. As a planet, we're falling into decay. I don't think our children will survive if the world keeps changing. Remember when Billy learned about extinction? I think the idea of it is scares him. He comes home reciting facts as if he’s searching for some sense of security. When he heard I was taking pictures of polar bears he recited everything he knew about them. There are 20,000 polar bears he said, not quite aware of just how small the five digit number really is, when compared to the magnitude of human population. I think he might be asthmatic.
I know she had children. Two if memory serves. The first one starved, and the second drowned. I'm still pissed at John, I could've made bank. $500 for every picture, what I could do with that money. I hate the fact that their lives are worth money. Man, if I could change something, anything. But besides that I wish I could see you, I wish I could have been there for Walpurgis day.
Your wife, Agnes
Monologue 2:
Protect Our Factory Owners:
Alright, looks like everyone’s logged in. And I’m sorry I couldn't be there in person; it’s just that I spend too much on gas as is, ho ho ho. Driving from this far up North to a press conference would be silly, so I’ve got you all on video-chat. Anyway, before I get to answering all of your questions, I'd like to ask a question of my own: ho-ho-how did the picketers manage to get here? And furthermore, what do they care? I provide a service! I provide an important service! It takes a lot to run, sure, but isn't it worth it? When your children play with their toys, isn’t their smile worth it?
I’ll admit, I definitely use a lot of resources in my factory. I’ve seen the data, yes. I know-ho-ho that my factory emits a lot of greenhouse gasses. We certainly drain the world of its fossil fuels. I know you want me to fix my factory, to make it greener. But let me defend that: changing a factory for the greener is expensive. Maybe someone who doesn't own a factory wouldn’t be able to understand, maybe that’s it, but I produce a pretty incomprehensibly huge amount. The amount of money it would take to clear that all to be environmentally clean? Ridiculous. Second, I work primarily in the winter. I benefit from a warmer Earth, so why are we trying to stop that?
The resolve of those picketers is incredible, but I'm not going to shut down my factory over something I don’t seem to have stake in. Ever seen the face of a little child of Christmas? We can't be cutting that away, now can we?
Santa Claus; signing off.

Monologue 3:
Joe's:
I’m not OK with the business practices of Joe’s Toy Emporium. I will not stand for this. The recent expose on the Northern factory has opened my eyes to the evil strategies of Joe’s, and I won't sit idly by. Oh, haha, I won't stand for it or sit by it, haha. No! I digress! No healthy human can let this happen; no one could let your evil business keep at it!
Who could just sit or stand or even squat while our environment is destroyed? Inaction is terrible. Bad actions are worse. I can’t work for a company that spills so much waste into our world. The worst part of it all is that so many people in the corporate chain had the ability to break the chain, to just refuse, and they ALL leave the evil in place! People with more power than me are ignoring their duty as a human in favor of their duty as a drone.
So, I'm making the biggest, most final statement of my life: say goodbye to this toy store, because if I didn’t make a statement, no one would. I’m a prophet of the earth, and none of you listened. So you brought this extremist resignation upon yourself, I suppose. 
They'll jail me for acting.
To our lovely CEO: as your store burns, I hope you fat cats know that it’s your fault. You're too rich to feel the consequences! You don’t care!
To the consumers: filling their wallets will do you no good.
To the cops and the firemen: get ready.
​Monologue 4:
No Joe's:
That damn flower-child; that dog! Everything, everything is gone; and for what, environmental justice, I recycled. What about real justice? Doesn't he know what I’ve been through? My wife, we, we just had a miscarriage. I don't need this right now, she…. we’re, I'm a mess. *coughs violently* 
This smoke is disgusting. I can barely breath; it’s so thick. It’s like the whole of China’s in here. 
You know what the problem with these little hippy-dippy tree-huggers is? They think the entire world is ending. I understand the fact that things are changing, but then they go and overreact like this. These idiots don’t understand that the problem is higher than me!
I can't believe... I can’t believe that they burnt my store. My wife, what are we gonna do, I can't tell her more bad news, she’s already so hurt. I can’t watch her cry again.
Y’know what? Whatever they said about climate change, whatever they said, must be wrong. It has to be wrong, because burning livelihood can't be right. So the climates getting warmer? I’m gonna buy myself a God damn parasol, and some SPF 80. I’m not gonna let that joke of an idealist rule me! He thinks that he burns down one store, he burns all of the blokes higher up? Well that’s not how it works! Damn hippy, probably never worked a day in his life. I'm the victim! I’m the one who can't come back from this! He doesn’t save the world by hurting bystanders. He can't see that.
He can't see that he’s why his movement has a bad reputation. He acts like it’s all this, and then he goes and gives himself this reputation!
I will make sure that no one agrees with him.

Monologue 5:
(walks into office)
( only speaker is in view for the entire monologue )
I hate you.
(looks over at man in the sitting across from him) 
You’re not much better than me you know that.
What, no.
I’M TELLING YOU I DON’T HAVE ANGER ISSUES!
(coughs awkwardly)
Like I said I don’t have anger issues.
Just because I told that passive aggressive boss of mine, that the toys, that I designed, was unessesarily wasting plastic, he sends me to this b.s asylum for the whack o, s.o.b’s with daddy issues!
where do you get of saying that I have anger issues
I’ll tell you why I’m angry.
 All these fat cats are wasting this planet for what, money, pride, it’s not worth it!
What about my children, what the hell are they gonna do when the worlds just floating ball of carbon? These fat cats sure as hell don’t  give one, and thats why I’m here. The big man in the  factory, that son of a gun couldn’t tell his cookies from his elbow.
Hey, what are you writing
Anyway 
Can’t stand liars.
Mr.Nick does the same, 
He swears to the world that he’s reducing CO2, hell he even visited that cancer patient in china, but does he really give two cares. 
(pauses and faces the therapist)
What is the point of this again
I know that it’s not just his fault, and if I really cared I could do something on my own.
I guess we can all do things to make a change, really and it shouldn’t be all on other people.
I guess we need to learn to take responsibility. 
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Tahmid's Monologues about Climate Change.

We have done several research in our World History class to see how climate change is effecting our environment and how things plays a role on causing it. We saw videos about people coming up to protest and stop climate change and did research ourselves to get a better understand on what's causing these climate change. Climate change became a huge factor in our world at this moment and it's going out of control. Now everything we do, probably plays some kind of role causing the climate change. My goal was to inform people what they are doing to cause climate change to happen. I wanted to inform others that not to expect the world leaders to minimize climate change, but to do something yourself to minimize it. I wanted people to understand that climate change isn't a small issue anymore, it's has gone wild and if we don't take any precautions now, we will severely suffer later on. My main goal was just to inform others in a formal manner that we can make a difference, a positive difference. If we come together in hand and hand, we can do something. We have to think about how small acts can effect someone else out there. Those were my main goal while creating these monologues and I believe you will learn something too from my monologues. 
Thank you. 

The Questionable Penguin.

( The reader act like they were waking up) Wow, what a beautiful day? Isn’t it huh? I wonder how long it’s going to stay like this… I think I will go on top of that snowy mountain so I can slide down the hill, maybe notice some of my friends, well dead friends to be more clear? haha, not funny but true. ( The reader walks to one side of the stage) Oh look, humans! Hey there! How are you doing? Why are you folding your two hands near your eyes? Oh stop, stop it. What’s that flashing? Stop it! Are you even going to listen to me? It seems like he’s moving as I am moving too and changing the motion of his hands like it’s deformed. Are you even listening to me? I said stop the flashing. Well I don’t care, you are going to listen to me now! What are you doing here huh? Aren’t you happy yet? You know what I was supposed to do now? I was supposed to feed my chicks, yea I said chicks! They were supposed to be playing with each other but now they are gone… They are gone, their soul is gone. Oh why? Did you ask me that by the flashing? Oh, not that big deal to you I guess but it’s all because of you, yes you humans! It’s all because of you. My chicks were starting to hatch from their eggs. Their eyes were about this see this beautiful world but before they even did that, the sea locked ice started shaking. It started shaking and rippling so hard that in 5 seconds it broke away. I ran after one, than another then another but before I couldn’t catch them, they all washed away in the cold freezing water. I couldn’t do nothing but watch them, hear them crying and needing help. I was helpless. Oh stop it!!! Stop the flashing before I jump in the water and splash this icy water all over your deformed arms. But I am not going to do that, because I am not that cruel like you are. You have done all these! My cousin from Cape May saw all the harm you all were doing. The fossil fuels that you are burning, the distributin and cusbustion that you are making, are those really needed? Are you even thinking what or who might be affected by those? All those methane you are releasing into the air, and then it causing greenhouse effect where the heat is getting trapped inside the Earth and causing the ice to melt here. Oh , I think you don’t care at all! Because you know, you got Air Conditioner to cool you and your kids off. But what about my kids? Aren’t they as precious as your kids? Am I not a parent just like you are? The other day my brother passed away because their were shortage of ice and he didn’t have places where he could store the food. After starving for several days, he past away. Went away far from us, and never coming back, just like my chicks. Well, you didn’t stop the flashing because you know you are humans, selfish, greedy humans.


The Giving Environment.

( Speaker starts at the corner of the stage with a happy face, then slowly get’s sad) I have never slept in the past, I am not sleeping now, and will not sleep in the future. But there are these group of ferocious factors that are causing me to fall asleep, slowly slowly, and slowly. But I don’t want to, I don’t want to fall asleep. Please don’t ask me what are the reasons but there are so much to even tell. It’s indubitable true on how many things out there that depends on me. Why are you doing this to me? Don’t you understand how precious I am? Don’t you understand that not only you, but there’s so much more that relies on me. God has given you me, so you and your family could live happily. You are supposed to take care of me but look what are you doing to me.., you are making me to fall asleep. If I fall asleep once, do you have any clue what might happen? Your children won’t be able to play safely outside, you won’t have any natural products to feed yourself, your friends and family are going to go far away from you and never come back and many more. Do you remember, when you climbed and played with the trees who used to grow in my heart? You remember those trees who used to provide you with yummy apples and mangoes which you used to eat? Remember the trees who gave you oxygen to breathe and live this long? Do you even remember them? What did you give back to them? Those trees are just like my children. They were living their life happily until you started growing up and started caring less and less about them. Don’t have any time to look after them because you know , now you are all big and busy minding your own stuffs. Why would you care right? If you don’t do any good for them, at least don’t harm them. What if I say because of your actions, my trees won’t be able to provide enough oxygen for your next generation! Let’s not forget you telling me stop stop this change. How am I going to do that if you don’t stop it yourself. You are telling the world leaders and complaining to them like little babies, that they should stop climate change. What are they going to do if you yourself using commercial and organic fertilizers to cultivate the soil and causing nitrous oxide? You have any answer for me? No you don’t because you are selfish. All you think about it money and money but money isn’t always the first consideration, you have to understand that all the climate change is affecting me, the environment. So please, please let your friends and family know that one person can’t make a change on this big factor. Everyone plays a role on it. If you all don’t commit to help me, the environment is going to fall asleep soon.


Confused Mother.

(Mother enters the stage from the corner, acts like tired as she was coming from the work) Hmmm, had a rough day today. Need some cold water to cool myself down, but where’s that going to come from since I am an uneducated mother who lives in Bangladesh in the poorest condition. (She sees her 7 year old laying in the floor coughing and runs toward him) Abdul! What happened to you my son? Can you see or hear me Abdul? (She starts to cry near him) Abdul, answer me please… ( She takes her son and runs at the corner of the stage, yelling doctor) Doctor, doctor!! Help my son please!!! What? Tk. 30,000? Where can I get that much from? I am a poor mother who works in a industry! Okay okay, I will arrange them soon but please look after him now, I beg you! (Doctor examines for 3 minutes while the actress lays in one corner and prays to Allah) Oh Allah, please save my son. He’s the only thing that I have left. (The doctor returns) What? He have a liver disease and malaria? But he’s only 7 years old doctor, how can he have those? ( The mother breaks into tears again) They are caused by Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's) you said? And you also said CFC's mostly produces from industry? (The actress gets silent for 10 seconds) That means I caused all this? I gave my son liver disease? How you asked me? Because I work in that industry doctor, I do! My house is right next to the industry I work at, which means my son is exposed to all the CFC's the industry releases! My industry have these huge heat pumps and one day I saw on the back it says it had CFC. Those heat pumps are on 24/7 and generating all the CFC's which probably got my son liver disease. My industry also supplies refrigerator and Air Conditioner which contain CFC refrigerant. My son had a lover diseases because of CFC, and it’s all made by me because I work in the industry which produces CFC. But what can I do? (Mother yells out loud) I need money! I need money to keep food in the table for my soon. I need money because of his education. I need money to keep us both alive. My industry can eliminate the CFC refrigerant products but they won’t… I know they won’t. Because it’ll cost them to make CFC refrigerant products and people won’t purchase it. It’s the industry's loss. But do they even care who might be affected when those CFC's release? No they don’t, they won’t care about us. And more likely, they won’t care about us poor people either. They barely give us enough salary after working our sweats off for the whole day. I am bound to work in that man killing factory just because of money. I know the factory is also releasing CO2 because one of my co-worker told me the other day. Those fumes they are releasing from the top of the industry probably causing all the heat, which led my son to get malaria. What can I do to stop it? Nothing. I am just a poor mother who lives in Bangladesh where the upper class people don’t even care about us. We are like rubbish to them. But they have to start caring from now or soon their kids will face this deadly disease like my son is now facing. Well, I can’t afford that Tk. 30,000 and I know my son will die soon… but doctor, tell those rich people, to do something now and to stop producing CFC generating products, or else CFC soon will eat this whole world. (The actress goes crazy/wild) Hahahaha.


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Climate Change Monologue Project

In our world history unit we were learning about the issue of climate changes. We read articles and watch videos about climate change and how we are directly connected and how we are a major reason. In these monologues I have written 3 different perspectives on climate changes. All of the characters that I have created in these monologue each live in different places of the world and thus different perspectives on climate changes.

`Takai

*talking to the other members in the shelter*

I still can’t forget what happened that day. I was so close to it. I was sitting down

just watching and listening to the sounds of the city(village) and then a huge wall of water was coming at me prepared to swallow me whole. I ran for my life and just kept running and running until I couldn’t run anymore then I felt someone pick me up and took me to safety from the wave. Once everything subsided me and everyone else who survived walk out of hiding to see the destruction that was caused. everything was leveled. I heard people calling for loved ones even though they may never get an answer. families destroyed and having no place to sleep. And oddly...I was happy. deep inside of me now everyone felt what I felt. They all now are homeless too. Now people will pass them by and feel pity for them.I’m sick to my stomach for feeling this way but deep down I’m happy. Days later the people came as you all know and they seemed so helpful and were here to the rescue

and  showing it through those big boxes that those men carried around that they were talking into... a camera I think. Things were looking up for us but that soon passed. I overheard grownups getting angry that yeah we made steps forward but we still are stuck in shelters and still had debris on the streets. everyday I kept listening to the conversations of the grown people and learned so much about our problem. The wave was called a typhoon and the reason for it wasn’t even our fault. I was confused how  this happen and not be our fault. I see youre confused too but  those same people that were here to rescue us were actually the problem in the first place.













Andrew

*talking to the board after getting fired from his job for speaking out against them*


I would like to start off with thank you for allowing me to speak to all of you today and secondly, you are all stupid cooperate jerks. sorry sorry dont kick me out(pauses)yet at least let me finish. This here plant in limerick needs to shut down. yeah gasp and be shocked as much as you want but its true. This plant is causing more problem than it’s worth. for crying out loud you cant even drive by this place without the radio in your car going fuzzy because of all the radiation, not to mention this is a outlet mall full of people outside right across the street. let me calm down. this plant cares nothing for peoples safety and i'm not talking about the workers no i’m talking about the people outside of this company.(sighs)I have a daughter you know. she’s turning 8 tomorrow. one day she came home from school one day after the events in the philippines and said to me “daddy what caused all of that”. This may sound like an easy question to answer but I only saw past the easy answer of saying the typhoon. I had to tell my daughter that people where we live caused it. that our carelessness with our pollutants and radiation caused so many people to die and many more to become homeless. All she did was look at me and walk away. Have any of you had that feeling.The feeling that you just had your entire world destroyed.The feeling of having your own daughter ashamed of you.The feeling of guilt for your actions(pauses) probably not. Anyway back to my daughters birthday do you know what she wanted for her birthday, to send a care package to a child in the philippines. Yeah. I already set everything up and the red cross told me that a boy named takai was going to receive this package and that my daughter is a saint. funny isnt it. My daughter has done more than you and you people on the board will ever do. so while you sit upon your thrones and not care about your actions I want to remember that. And lastly I am not sorry about speaking out against this company for I am only sorry that any bit of humanity has left your hearts. Thank you for listening and dont worry I saw you press the button for security so I’ll leave and dont worry about firing me because I quit.(exits the room).







Glacier

*Glacier speaking to polar bears about what's happening to the climate*


I have been around a long time. I have seen a lot throughout my years being a part of this earth...well mainly ice and water but you know what I mean.I can feel myself dying.Let me rephrase that not dying just feeling the natural order of life and changing into a different form of matter.Which wouldn’t be so bad If it wasn’t happening so soon. My children I have helped you and your generations to ever be and to ever come but I fear that I will not be around long enough to help any longer, In fact I may become the reason for your demise. I’m sorry that it has to turn out this way but I feel as though this change is inevitable. I hear my brother and sister elements cry out in pain as well. the air coughs as it’s lungs are filled with smog and radiation and the sea cries out in agony as it becomes polluted but worst of all is grandmother earth herself. Everyday she heats up and boils as the sun’s rays get trapped.This why I’m melting and I am not the only one that feels the pressure of these climate changes. sadly I fear that you will feel it too for as I melt I become one with the sea and then the sea will rise and soon try to devour you. I am so very sorry. If you wonder who could have done this it is those beings that walk upright. They know of what they are doing and yet still choose to poison their own climate. They know that their actions have caused trouble for their own kind as they ravished their own with the wrath of a typhoon And yet still continue. Do not mourn over me or resent the ones who brought this nightmare to reality I just want you to make them realized their mistakes and show them that this is their climates as well every action that they make regarding it will affect them in the future whether it be immediate or gradually but let them know this it is their climate to change be it for the better or the worse.  


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Rifah's Climate Change Monologue Project



Climate Change Monologue Project


Part 1:

During this unit in World History, we learned and discussed about the global issue of climate change. We started by learning about what climate change is, how it began and why it is relevant. Climate change is basically the earth’s temperature getting warmer. This is mainly caused by human activities that require the release carbon dioxide and other gases into the earth’s atmosphere. This is relevant because climate change is negatively affecting and causing destruction to the earth and all those who inhabit it. In my monologue, my goals were to show the reality and negative effect of climate change first hand and actually make people feel upset about being the cause of it. I also wanted to inspire people to do something to bring change. I hope that my monologues reflect my goals and that you like them!


Part 2:

“Saving the Turtle”

Dear Diary,

Guess what? While I was on a predawn jog down the beach with my dad the other day, I almost stepped into this random hole in the sand. Since I’m only at the shore for a month during the summer, I had no idea what it was. When I took a closer look, I saw eggs inside it! My dad looked astonished from behind me. He told me that those were most probably sea turtle eggs. The eggs were so small! While my eyes skimmed the area, it landed on a huge dark shape just a couple steps away. I slowly stepped closer and it was a sea turtle itself! My excitement grew as I got even closer, but it was almost immediately gone. The sea turtle had a plastic bag, wrapped around its neck. Bits and pieces of the bag were around its mouth, indicated it had attempted to eat some of it. Now it looked too sick to move. I motioned my dad over and he examined the turtle. He told me he was going to contact a sea turtle rescue team and told me to wait right where I was. I softly brushed my fingers across the turtle, trying to comfort it. I’ve never felt so bad. This honestly could’ve been anyone’s plastic bag. God knows it could’ve even once been mine. When the rescue team finally came, they took the turtle away for treatment and told us they’d send us updates about its health. As soon as I got home, I did my research on sea turtles. Turns out, its not only the trash in the water that’s been harming them. It’s also climate change, a topic from last year’s history class. I didn’t really care about it then, but this has truly opened my eyes. Now I care beyond measure and I want everyone else to care too. I’ve been up all night waiting for their call, it still hasn’t come.


“Too Late”

Dear Diary,

He’s dead. We got the call late at night, a whole day after we found him. They said that he was actually doing good when they first brought him back. In fact, he was getting better fast. Then the next second, he was gone. They said cases like this were probably the most heart breaking. They were absolutely right. I felt numb after I hung up and still do. I wish that I could do something, but there’s nothing I can do to bring him back to life. I remember so vividly, touching its slippery skin, looking into it’s glassy eyes, feeling its nervous heart rapidly thump. Now, its skin is no longer slippery, its glassy eyes are never to be opened again and it’s heart will not beat again. The rescue team informed me that the turtle was already half dead before it ate the plastic bag and they had confirmed my suspicions. This wasn't just a tragic death, it was a murder. It was insane to think, that I and just about everyone else played a part in the murder of this animal. The rising sea waters, rising temperatures, and so many other trends of climate are all things that are hurting them beyond repair, killing them even. We have to do something, right now. Or else we’ll be too late. Oh, what’s the use of asking? They haven’t done anything yet and probably never will unless... I guess I’ll have to do start the movement myself. I hope it’ll do at least the slightest bit of good.

“Let’s Make A Difference”

Dear Diary,

It’s been three months after the sea turtle’s death and I’m still not over it. To deal with my uncontrollable emotions, I've been putting all my effort into making sure an event like that never takes place. I started out by calling a couple of my friends over who had also agreed that climate change was an issue that we truly needed to shed light on before turtles became extinct. We started our mission by doing some research. Questions like ‘how does climate change affect turtles?’ needed to be answered before we could solve our problem. We learned that things like beaches where sea turtles nest were being eroded by rising sea levels, leaving little space for their eggs. Also, the rising temperature can be harmful to sea turtles too. The temperature of incubation establishes the sex of the egg. When the eggs are incubated in a warmer temperature, they are more likely to be female sea turtles. This will create an unequal ratio of male and female sea turtles. These are a few of the many problems they will face due to climate change. To solve this problem, we decided to get back in touch with the turtle rescue team to see what we could accomplish together. We've decided to hold a discussion at the next town council meeting, talk about our plans for the future and get feedback from the public and our community. We felt like our community was a good place to start, and we’d slowly build ourselves up and change the world. As I looked around the room at all of the hearts poured into this movement, I felt a little relieved. Maybe we really could save the sea turtles.  


Part 3:

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Climate Change Monologue Project

In this unit we learned about climate change and talked about how it is the next big global crisis. In class we had discussions and watched movies about the issue. In the monologues that I have written, they show the different perspectives people have on the issue of climate change and its affects on people around the world.

First Monologue:                                     
The Sea

West Africa, 2014. Tim Owusu


(Walks through the door, he’s pissed off)

We didn't get anything. There’s nothing in the area or out outside it.


We’re trying as hard as we can sir


I understand we're not catching anything but I don’t think it’s our fault.

(paces back and forth)


Waters are getting darker , fish are leaving the area…..I’m not making up things!!, you think I like this?! I have a family of 4 to feed and I’m not making any money. It’s been a year since we've made a big catch, the planet is changing, the fish don’t come here anymore!


Sir, just listen to me, I've seen it myself, so have all the other boys, it’s the reason why no money is coming into your pockets and into mine.


You can’t do this sir….firing me won’t do you any good.


If you don’t believe me then ask some of the other boys...whispers, I can’t believe this crap.


It’s not just that we’re not getting any fish, the quality is terrible. No one is buying our products.


This isn’t the only place it’s happening, it’s happening Guinea, it’s happening down the coast in Nigeria. Damn it!, it’s probably happening everywhere!!

(walks to the window and gazes for a moment)


....Hiring someone to replace me isn’t going to do your business any good, what we need to do is raise awareness. It’s happening because of climate change, I’ve seen them talk about it on the news. They keep saying water levels are rising, more natural disasters are happening. That it’s also affecting the water quality. I didn't believe it at first but I've seen it myself now. My family is struggling, we can’t afford anything, we’re living on a minimum!!


I understand you're not making any money! but you have to hear me out, I want to help you sir….just give me another chance.


Thank you so much.I will do everything in my power to bring your business back, I will try.







Second Monologue:

New York City, 2014                             For a Cause

Michael Smith


To Stranger: Excuse me, excuse me, would like to take a  moment to help support climate change?Have a nice day!

Excuse me, would you like...have a nice day

To Self: I've been here standing like an idiot for 4 hours trying to get peoples attention. What’s so important that they can’t just stop and help our cause for just a minute or two, or are they just that ignorant to what’s happening to our planet. (tries to hand a flyer)

People need to snap to reality and come to realize what is actually happening, I know people have other issues but this is a pretty big one.

To Stranger: Would you like to take a moment and help and support our march to help raise awareness on climate change on September 21st?

no? ok then…

To Self: These people remind of my dad, ignorant and self centered. He never takes the time to listen to me when it comes to my rants about climate change, think it’s gibberish and nonsense and that there is no possible way it’s our fault that all this is happening,

I’m just trying to raise awareness, trying to help the people, the planet.

Some people don’t even believe it’s happening because of us, humans! I just think that’s absurd, how ignorant could you be, there has been data to back up it’s our fault for the longest time, or is that just not enough.

I really hope after this march then more people will join us on our fight against global warming. Because if they don’t our future generations will not have a world live in.



Third Monologue:

A Different Mind Set

Brooklyn, New York, 2014

Jack Smith


Bye, see you soon!(slams door)thank god he left I’m tired of all his rants.

Climate change this, climate change that, blah blah blah. Doesn't he see I’m busy with other things. My mind is somewhere else, somewhere more important, on my family.

(sits on sofa, then lays down)

I don’t know if he think living on minimum wage is easy, especially with 3 kids. Heck he doesn’t even have to pay bills, he’s got his mom for that!

(Gets up and walks into kitchen, pours himself a cup of coffee, spills it)

Damn it!, nothing good happens in this house, nothing good happens to me!

(walks back over to sofa)

I can’t believe he has gotten so far just by talking about all this climate change stuff! It’s just unfair, I work my ass off all my life just to make sure I can feed my kids and send them to school!

He’s always telling me to help his company’s cause, with a small donation when I’m the one living on a minimum wage salary, who the hell does he think he is?!

Tells me that global warming or whatever it’s called is our problem, the people fault. Tells me that I should ride my bike to work instead on driving. I don’t know how he expects me to believe all this stuff!

But if he’s happy doing what he does then, go ahead do it, just don’t let him come running to me with his little stories and facts. If he thinks that’s he’s doing something positive than ok. He should just atleast bring me some money to help me out.

I just hope he doesn't end up like me, with no money.


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We should've known

First monologue: The Philippines 2004.  Tao King. He is a farmer in a small town. The disaster left him without food. At the same time,  he became responsible for feeding everyone in the town.

Before we knew


Tao: I’m so so sorry.   We are short on everything from vegetable  to chickens.  The typhoon took everything.


No.  You do  not seeming to get it. All we have is contaminated food.  I don’t make enough to get food for everyone right now.

We do not have the supplies or the money for aid.  We are 10 kilometers from the closest town.  First, we  need to find any supplies to aid our children and find our missing family members.


No, don’t go in there.   That’s… Stop him he stole all the tomatoes we have left!


Dear God!   I’m fed up right now. I haven’t slept in 3 days, haven’t eaten in 1 and haven’t even had time to mourn for my brother who died. Please,  everyone, continue to help the community.  I have given all I have.   We have to survive with the food and water that is left.  We have next to nothing.  I’m deeply sorry.


Keep throwing rocks and see what you represent to our community.  I might be destroyed physically but not spiritually.  I knew this was gonna happen. Business’s and us have been polluting our planet for too long. This is only the beginning.  Who knows, we could lose more than our homes.  We could be underwater.

Well sir your greed and non consideration for the rest of us won’t help.  I have enough food for 20 people but have to feed 550 people.  How do you think that makes me feel?


I will try and feed everyone but first let’s work on finding our missing family and friends.  We need to build them caskets with parts of our destroyed homes.  Aid will come.


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Seperation


It was November 22nd.   My family and I just woke up. I felt a sharp pain in my arm. It felt like my arm was separating from my body. My wife, Sandy, sat in front of me, my son Marty to the left and my daughter Jessica to the right. After I realized what was happening,  I now understand why all these polar bears are sobbing and why people come by to “try” and help.


It’s been nearly an entire year since I’ve seen my family. I miss them dearly. I told them before I’d never leave but I had to  say goodbye. Remembering them gives me hope and a desire to go home. I might be an ice glacier but I have emotions, feelings and feel pain. I just want to return and hope they aren’t melted or depressed and hoping they can get through the pain. If I had hands, I’d send letters or if I could dial a phone,  I’d try my best but I’ve been ill for a while.  I melt too fast for my structure to be maintained. I come to you the world leaders today to help me find them once again and to prevent this from happening ever again. We need to stop polluting our planet with extra parts per million of carbon dioxide so our ozone doesn’t hurt me or others. I don’t have too much time left so I’m asking to just talk to my family if they are alive again. Please restore our ozone. Please help me say goodbye one last time to my family before the ozone kills me and them.
























Hurricane Katrina victim: We should’ve known



I grew up and lived in New Orleans my entire life. My parents, my grandparents and my great grandparents were all New Orleanians. Before Katrina, my family and I just moved into a new home. We had a lawn, a white picket fence and a backyard barbecue. Growing up I never had any of that. I was so excited. A month before the “hurricane came our way,” I saw what happened in the Philippines but did not take it seriously. I didn’t know much about climate change until I researched the Philippines’ typhoon.

I learned  power plants smoke is very harmful. Carbon dioxide from the power plants, car exhaust and other ways of burning fossil fuels heats the environment.  The heat can’t escape and earth warms up.  This has caused the average temperature in the U.S. to increase 2 degrees  and increased precipitation by 5%.  When I saw the Katrina reports, it all came together.  What i learned from studying climate change and the Philippines typhoon was happening in New Orleans.

During Hurricane Katrina, I lost my dog, my white picket fence, roof, first floor, thousands of memories, my lawn and backyard barbeque.  I learned the pain of loss from a natural disaster.  I also witnessed the loses of  my neighbors and friends.  While I did not lose family members, I grieved with friends who lost family members. I then decided I had to do more than grieve.

This Sunday there will be a march. My sons, daughter, husband, and friends from my block will all attend the march.   The governments of the world must do something to turn around climate change and  global warming. We need a future where my great grandkids aren’t 50ft underwater.  I want them to grow up in New Orleans on dry land.  Please join us!
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Climate Change Monologue Project

During the second unit in my 10th grade World History course, we discussed climate change. My class and I had long discussions and though processes on the issue of why climate change isn't always seen as real and the 2014 UN Climate Change Summit, and its affect. ​This monologue project included we all write three monologues on points of views that we believed were important or needed to be heard on the climate change discussion box. My hope was to approach my classmates with ideas from a signature leader and regular people struggling with the subject. I hoped to bring new and international perspectives to my classmates to have a larger view on climate change and its combat on the world. 

Monologue #1 (Hamesa Nirmana): 

A Indian man living in Dubai writing a letter to his father.


Pita-


Nirmana. Bana’. Build… Hamesa (always) It never stops. I get paise (money). I know you want more paise but I don’t have any more to give you. I need to survive, as well. I have places to travel every weekend, a new apartment in France, a new house in Dubai, I need to go out to eat every night and hang out with friends. I need something, I jina (live) in Dubai! One of the richest countries in the world.


To say I have not worked enough, father, is beyond false. I work more and longer here in Dubai than in Patna. Baraha (twelve)! Yes, can be twelve hours sometimes. Father, I have helped build the tallest building in the world, the only hotel in the world with 7 stars and so much more.


I told you all those sala (years) ago that I would stay in Dubai for a bit to learn about architecture design. I keep on pushing it but you must trust me, father, I need to push that flight home more and more. My company has asked me to start planning for the greatest project ever to be made.


I stand here and am making the plans for Dubai’s indoor world to be completed in 2020, building would start a year after in 2021. The temperature is changed to a perfect temperature for all. There will be 100 hotels and 20 apartment buildings. It will hold the largest mall in the world and perfect restaurants. Health resorts will be all around us with parking spots for a good 50,000 cars. The 48 million square foot giant dome, where thousands will live. 180 million are projected to visit every year.


Dubai is building a dome father. Yes, a gumbada (dome)! I know you can’t believe it, compared to what you and mother live in. I think it would be wise of you and mom to come live here in Dubai with me. I know you believe in that global warming thing, but if you want to be “protected” come to the Dome! Come to Dubai! You can have everything you want.


There are the greatest cars you will ever see, Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche. I even have three porsche’s myself...you have to in Dubai. Father, I was thinking about buying you one. How does a red ferrari sound for you and mom on that farm? Better yet, why don’t you just move here to Dubai! You can everything you want, go anywhere you want and much more. It all comes without consequences!


Love you Pita,


Your son (Bishen)




Monologue #2 (Favela):

Thiago, a young boy from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro


"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and we need to meet this challenge together." "Climate change is a fact. Its consequences, damages and costs are already being felt around the globe." -- Heinz Fischer, federal president of Austria

Davi can’t help you, Mr. Silva… My brother is tried, he has worked on the World Cup stadiums, nonstop. He’s worked long days and usually would not return home until dinnertime, once I had returned home from school… Because I enjoy school! I get an education that I can’t get anywhere else… I don’t learn anything from these streets… All there is are drugs and prostitutes, Mr. Silva…  I dream of being an engineer, sir…  Someone that changes the world by creating things… Well yes cars are an example but I want to be a environmental engineer.

Ok. How can I explain this?... Well you have seen the stadiums right?... Well, even though most have solar panels or a form of solar and renewable energy, these stadiums have taken billions of dollars to build just so they can play four games… Yes, our government spent over ten billion dollars on stadiums that won’t even be used anytime in the future! Plus, we had to input all this equipment which were flown in from all over the world, just so games could be played… Exactly what everyone thinks. Fifa made us build all those big stadiums instead of using one’s we already have… I know Mr. Silva, you don’t like President Rousseff at all, little do.

"Brazil is a major food producer. We are aware that low-carbon farming practices both reduce emissions and increase productivity in the agricultural sector. Similarly, agroecological practices in smallholder farming help reduce rural poverty in the countryside. " -- Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil.

Now discussing climate summit in class

I didn’t know what to think of the climate summit Mrs. Santos… It was important to have these people come together and discuss but that’s all the do, discuss. They talked for a whole day in all different types of meetings but never came to a plan or any sort of commence of a plan to embark on our challenge to fight climate change… President Obama did go to the summit, as did Prime Minister Cameron, President Hollande, and many other important head leaders. But, Putin wasn’t there, Xi Jiping wasn’t there, Chancellor Merkel,  Australia, Canada or India head leader representatives weren’t there either. Developing countries barely had a say on what their country needed help with on the topic or contribute any plan for the UN to combat climate change. It was just a bunch of talking, no action.

"Climate change is the defining issue of our age. It is defining our present. Our response will define our future. To ride this storm we need all hands on deck. That is why we are here today. We need a clear vision. The human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is fast becoming unbearable. We have never faced such a challenge. Nor have we encountered such great opportunity. A low-carbon, climate resilient future will be a better future. Cleaner. Healthier. Fairer. More stable. Not for some, but for all."  Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon.


How can I explain it to you Marcelo?... The climate change summit was almost like the world cup. Leaders from all over world came together and discussed global warming. They talked about how bad it was and very few gave points to stick with to battle it… During the world cup, there were countries that everyone paid attention to; Germany, England, Brazil, US, France, as examples. There were countries that very few thought even had a slight chance to win; Ghana, Cameroon, Bosnia, Costa Rica, Iran, as examples. It was similar during the summit. Sure some leaders didn’t appear but the people with the largest speeches and most speaking time were those from the US, France, Germany, England, Brazil but countries such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Guatemala, Gabon, as examples barely did.

During the summit there were certain people that held the power. Obama, Hollande, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Cameron. They were the Neymar, Ronaldo, Messi of the day. Sure they had a thing to say but it didn’t mean they were the only important ones.  

"Climate change serves as a threat multiplier and contributes to escalate conflicts over natural resources, hinder the economic development and increases pressures on international governance. The cost of not addressing climate change consists a serious threat to the stability of impacted states, as well as undermining progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals." -- Bujar Nishani, president of Albania

The whole point of the summit was to get a picture for the UN in order to fight the global warming right now. Our leaders failed to do that. It was just a field day for them, a chance for them to take photos with one another and shake hands, act as though the world is perfect but we know better Marcelo… We, the normal people, the poverty struggling people in places like the favelas around the world who don’t have a form of leadership titled to their name are the Costa Rica of the world. We have a small amount of cash but once our skills are heard and seen, the story of our world may just be heard.  

But let me be honest.  None of this is without controversy. In each of our countries, there are interests that will be resistant to action.  And in each country, there is a suspicion that if we act and other countries don't that we will be at an economic disadvantage.  But we have to lead.  That is what the United Nations and this General Assembly is about.” President Barack Obama.


We can come together as a world to combat global warming. We saw the world come together for the world cup only two months ago. Football can connect the world, why can’t climate change? As Pele says, Brazil eats, sleeps and drinks football. It lives football! But we also live through climate change.



Monologue #3 (The Inner and Outer Angela Merkel):

Angela Merkel is about to make a speech to the UN General Assembly in the 2014 Climate Summit, she is thinking to herself.


Never have I ever witnessed a world so distraught over one simple fact. Climate change. At the height of my life, I am chancellor of Germany. I go here to the UN, I talk to other leaders and still view people that conclude that climate change isn’t real. As a former physicist and environmental minister of Germany, I know beyond a doubt with the help of the ever flowing data from more than 97% of scientist stating that global warming is completely real.


Since taking my seat as a politician in Germany, I have been a person to uphold a lot of responsibility in the environment sense. I was part of the group of selected officials and key leaders drafting Kyoto Protocol in 1997. During and after my work as environmental minister in 1994 to 1998, Germany has become a leader, if not the most impactful nation, to combat climate change. One of the largest elders in renewable energy and reductions of emissions over the past two decades.


Germany has the ability to guide the world, including developing countries and largely  industrialized countries, to take in a role to thwart global warming by creating jobs, improving the environment, polish education especially in STEM areas, promote women’s rights in STEM fields and meliorate our nation’s communication. I know for certain that now is the time to agitate global warming. We have time to modify our story before climate change takes it from us. Regulation of simply things like CO2, will bring jobs but also care for our earth.


Angela goes up to speak at the united nations climate summit


Ladies and gentleman, leaders of the world, normal human beings, it’s time to act. Our world is calling for us. We must come together and take action. We are called here to come up with plans to react. We are the terrorist in this situation, lets obey our call to action before we are all gone.  


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Climate Change Monologue

In our World History class we have been focused around the topic of climate change and how it has affected the world as we know it. My monologues are centered around the idea of three different types of views on the issue. My first topic is around people who fully support the environment and do their part to not only help save the environment but to make the public aware of the issue, which is climate change. Another point of view that comes up in my monologues are people who do not see climate change as an important matter that should be put first as a priority over things like the economy or foreign relations and such. The last point of view that I really wanted to emphasize were those who are neutral or those who do see climate change as a issue in society but do not put forth any effort to help save the environment around them. Overall through my monologues I wanted to connect a lot of the information that we have gotten from the sources they we have either watched or read about that focus around the major issue of climate change. 

Banks Oil Company


(This take takes place on the phone while Stanley Banks reads his speech out loud to the CEO of the company in the home of Stanley Banks)


I am not here to beat around the bush or anything we all know why I am holding this meeting. This oil company is being run into the ground as you should know...Geez it’s amazing, to see how many people are hypocrites nowadays. Those who are trying to enforce the protection of the environment are using the very products that contribute to it.

Think about it, by stopping oil production what is going to happen to the same people who worked hard to get an education to work in the oil business? They will be out of a job. A lot of the government officials and environmentalist are saying that the people that lose their jobs and others can get jobs as an engineer to work on creating wind turbines to power cities but my question is how? These working class citizens who have no experience with this type of field will may not have the expertise with this. In order to educate them either they will have to go back to school or the government may have to take more of the tax payers dollars to fund these programs.

President Obama you want to get Americans working, thats great and all, I have been all for the bills that have been passed by Congress to accomplish this. However correct me if I am wrong Mr. President those bills that you passed were for the benefit of Americans and now you want to take away not only the jobs of Americans in the country that you want to lead so graciously but the energy as well? Taking away fossil energy would be going against progress. But people please do not think of me as a rude man trying to mock his nation’s leader. I am just trying to let Americans know the consequences of the Government passing these bills and acts that could set America and maybe even other nations who maybe follow the U.S down a path of no return.

Fifty or so years ago this wasn’t even the biggest issue in our nation was it? No, the Civil Rights movement was our biggest concern. The civil unrest of Americans at the point in time and centuries before was idiotic, and it was all based on the pigmentation of someones skin. Congress people shunned a whole race for the color of their skin, what do you think people will do when you take the use of fossil fuel based energy away from their lives.




CNN Newsroom



(An Environmentalist Leader is making a speech on the CNN Newsroom about Climate Change)


I don’t want to sugar coat anything that I say after this point but I have to speak my mind about this topic. Climate change is the most important issue that human beings as a whole should be focusing on. It is not a matter of what country this affects, who has the power to do something, how much time we have, No...It is all about do people understand that we are all contributing to the downfall of the Earth that we have so graciously taken away from for centuries?

I don’t care to hear from people that I have interviewed that say: Oh I don’t litter, I recycle, I see it as a problem, someone should do something. First have the people who have given me these invoices actually thought about what they are saying you are criticizing people about not only littering or contributing to the issue of climate change but you people who don’t take any actions to save the Earth are making yourselves out to be hypocrites. Are you actually giving awareness to the public and making people understand that they need to not only read about what the human civilization is doing to the mother of us, but are you taking the little steps to save the Earth.

There is a famous, well not a famous, well its famous to me thats all that matters but anyway there is a quote that speaks to me and should speak to everyone. And I quote: ¨Change doesn’t happen because you click like on Facebook.¨ That should speak to everyone who doesn’t take any actions to do something to save the Earth that we all live on. This should inspire those who are active members of climate change groups to at themselves as role models in order to get other people to take action.

It is spectacular to see basically every single nation leaders around the world who are role models to the public make idiotic speeches about how important the environment is but yet they do not emphasize the significance of how everyone needs to do their part to stop this monumental catastrophe in the world. Most people who are listening to my speech may be offended or moved or angry but obviously from everything that I have seen so far has proven to me that mankind will not take action to fight against climate change until it is already too late.




The World Awareness Show


(A World Awareness show that informs the public on global issues that Americans should be conscious about)


Is it on?...Push the button on the right (feels the microphone for the button). I don’t see it, you said the right side right?...Sorry folks we will start in a few seconds. (Walks to off stage to turn on the mic) All right I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Now I am going to talk a little bit about the show first we are going to have a question section to really key in the audience here and those who are viewing at home about the main issue we are focusing on for the week. Then the heavy stuff will start to come in. This is just pilot so I want to thank everyone in audience for coming your invoices on our online web page has given me the opportunity to come up on stage to talk to all you fine folk today. (Looks to the stage director and starts his show)

Okay now I want to start off with a question, what is the greatest issue that the world is facing and has been facing for a while? Yes you in the third row...Yeah white shirt what are your thoughts...Wars and terrorist yes that is a very pressing matter at this day and age but no. Can we get another. Purple shirt in the 7th row what are your thoughts...Education huh, good guess and while it is it is not the answer we are looking for. Um how about another... (Looks to the director who tells him to hurry it up) Okay because we are running out of time here lets get three more. You, you, and you yell your answers out...Government Policies, Poverty, and... Climate! Ding Ding Ding we have a winner correct. Climate change is the most pressing matter that everyone should be looking into at this point in time. Now before you all walk out of the room or change the channel at home hear me out for a second. We all saw how only one person out of five gave me the answer of climate change when I asked my question in percentages that is only 20%. That is a small percentage when you think about it and that is basically the amount of people who are climate change aware and take their time in order to make a difference not matter the significance from what I have seen so far. Although these are not real percentages these should speak to people who feel as though climate change is a problem but yet do not take any action.

Let me ask people in the audience and here as well is the plastic from a Reese’s bar worth risking the lives of our children who will inherit the world in years to come. It doesn’t matter how much people try to justify whether they are doing their part in saving the environment. All people do is take and take and take from the Earth yet we do nothing to try and save it.

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Climate Change Monologue Project

​In this unit in World History we discussed about the global issue of climate change. We read many articles and heard about many opinions concerning the issue, and even talked about our own opinions toward climate change. We learned about protests concerning this issue, and even read stories about how climate change is affecting people all around the world. All the characters in my monologues have the same opinion, climate change is bad and something needs to be done, but they all have different perspectives. There's a scientist whose opinion is ignored, a boy whose home was destroyed by a hurricane and flood, and a bird who lives next to a factory. I wanted to show how people think differently in different situations, yet still share the same general idea, that climate change is bad.



Monologue #1:

The Scientist


(The scientist arrives to his home from a meeting in the White House. The year is 2012.)


What do they mean they help the world by created this XL pipeline. They’re ruining the environment, they could kill people. Okay, yes this would create lots of jobs, but people could die making this pipeline and many people will lose their jobs because once the pipeline is finished, it will be doing their work for them. And what if one day there’s a leak in the pipeline, what then? It could happen, and I warned them. 7 billion dollars, why even waste that much money on something that might not even work, stupidity that’s what it is. Use those 7 billion dollars for something that will help your country, the environment. “We’re only considering this plan, we haven’t agreed to it yet” CONSIDERING! They called me to ask for my scientific opinion and I gave it to them loud and clear...maybe a little too loud. Use that money to help for the climate change issues, that’s what I would do. I mean not just the issue of climate change, but the millions of people who have been affected from it. This year, more than 31.7 million people had to leave their homes because of severe floods and storms. Help those families, you have shelter, they don’t. There have been so many hurricanes these days, now I’m not saying that climate change is affecting hurricanes, but when I gathered with some other scientists the other day, we saw a trend. All this talk is making me hungry.

(He pours himself a bowl of cereal and milk).

Then they have the freakin guts to ask me why do I even think climate change could be affecting hurricanes. So I started to explain the basics of how a hurricane works, and of course I explain it like they’re little kids, because that’s what they seemed like, huh, they should leave me to the science, I’ll leave them to the politics, it’s not like they’re doing a good job. Anyway, I explained to them that a hurricane is like a engine, smart right. The temperature between the sea and the air above it is like the fuel for the engine, and the warm air near the surface of the sea, rises to the cold air above it. Once a little bit of the warm air goes up to the cold air, more and more of that warm air begins to go up. That warm air condenses creating clouds that produces and releases warm heat that makes the hurricane process go even quicker. As more of that warm air goes up, the earth since it rotates, helps the mixed cold air and warm air move around, and then everything starts to spin. The warmer the sea, the warmer the air above it gets, and the difference between the cold air and the warm air is bigger, making the hurricane bigger, and then BOOM, they interrupt me. They asked me to explain what I mean. I needed to explain the hurricane process to them for them to understand me. I've been a scientist for 19 years, and never has my work and research, not even my opinions and facts been second guessed, none the less, by people who don’t understand science.

(Takes a bite of his cereal)

I tried to explain to them after the interruption, that we can help with climate change, and agreeing to this pipeline isn't going to help. I told them there are two climate change threats, one is created by human vulnerability to dangerous weather, and the other by human actions. And then POW, they interrupt me again (speaks in a deeper voice trying to sound like the government), “That’s not a fact, it’s your opinion, and we only asked for your opinion on the pipeline, nothing else.” I try to explain to them that humans are the reason for most of this climate change and that most of it could be prevented. And just like that, they kick me out, saying that I’m useless, and I better get my mind straight when I come in for work tomorrow. The only reason I’m going to work tomorrow is because they pay me darn good money.

(Door to his house open).

Hi honey was your day better than mine?



Monologue #2:

The Lost Boy


(A red cross disaster shelter)


Hey mom. I was wondering if I could leave this place and go for a walk outside. I can’t stand it in here, there are too many people, and it smells like dirty old socks because nobody could save any of their things after the...the… incident. I know I’m over reacting, but it’s true, this shelter isn't our home, and I miss home. I just need some fresh air and a walk to clear up my mind. Please! Mom! Please?! Thank you! It’ll be quick, I PROMISE. Bye, I love you too. (Opens door).

Ahhh, it’s nice to be able to breathe, I've been in there for weeks. (A box a couple feet from the boy starts moving) What’s that?! (Lifts box and finds a dog under it) Oh, haha, did you get stuck there buddy. It’s okay, I’ll keep you safe. If you lived with me before, you wouldn't have been safe you know. Hey, you know what? My mom told me that I should probably talk to someone about what’s happened to me, about the incident. She was never specific on who I should talk to, so I’ll talk to you, and you don’t seem to be running away from me, so I know you’ll be listening.

My old home was destroyed by a stupid hurricane. I don’t even have a new home, not yet at least. I have nothing left either. I wish I were like you, you don’t have to wear clothes. I have three pairs of clothes, I've been wearing this pair for six days now, and I have no clean underwear left. You know, it’s only me and my mom. I’m an only child, and my dad was never found after the hurricane. There was a flood too, which is why we haven’t gone back yet to go through our… well it’s not a home anymore, so I guess I could say… uhhhhh….. property? Yeah yeah that’s a good word to use, property. I've never had a dog before. My parents always told me it was a lot of work, but you’re a good dog, you’re a good boy! (The boy rubs the dogs stomach)

I want people to understand that even though climate change is bad, for example hurricanes, the results of it are equally as bad. They've never been affected by it, and they say the government doesn't do anything about it. Well guess what, they don’t do anything either. All they do is march up and down streets, yelling and screaming hoping that their actions and demands will get them what they want. It makes them seem like spoiled brats. You know what buddy, after college, I’m going to start my own organization. One that raises money for the people affected by disasters, or any type of climate change. I’m going to organize marches, but ones that have meaning. We’re going to march until something is done. Yeah that’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to change the world, I’m going to change peoples lives!

Anyway back to the disaster. My mom and I were hiding in our attic, my dad wasn't with us though because when we went up to the attic, we heard a woman scream. My dad decided to go see what was the matter. He said he’d be right back… he promised… he promised (Tears start coming down the boys face). My parents prepared for the hurricane for days. They brought blankets and clothes and food up to the attic, so my mom and I stayed up there for three days, until we heard our neighbor outside our house. The blinds were closed the entire time, so we never knew what it really looked like outside. The water was right under the window of the attic. How crazy is that?! Our neighbor said that we wouldn't get help for two more days because of all the damage, there was no way to get to us. He had a canoe, and told us he was leaving to stay somewhere more safe out of the city where there was no damage and that we should tag along. We weren't allowed to take too much, or the canoe would sink. Heh my dad always told me that you can never take too much, guess my dad wasn't the brightest man (Boy looks down to the ground, then back to the dog).

Are you really listening? (Dog barks) Haha. I still don’t understand though. The weather was beautiful all week before the hurricane, and it’s like it came out of no where. Some of the houses on my street were just gone, destroyed, disappeared… gone. I’m going to call you Buddy, because right now, you’re my friend, you and my mom are all I have left. You know, I haven’t talked to anyone about the incident, not even my mom. We try to talk about anything but that, because talking about just reminds us of all we have lost. Oh, that’s my mom. C’mon Buddy, my mom’s calling me and I want you to meet her. You must be hungry, c’mon boy! (The dark barks and follows boy).



Monologue #3:

Life in a Dark Hole


(Two birds sitting on a tree branch next to a factory)


Hey Jack, do you want to move. The smoke is making me sick. I know if we move we’ll fly right into the smoke, I’m not stupid. What I’m saying is that we’d be around less smoke on the other side of the factory. I know mom is not here, I can see that. Not being able to fly shouldn't be an excuse Jack. Mom doesn't have to teach us how to fly, how hard can it be. Just flap your wings up and down, and BOOM, you fly. No, I’m not going to go first, you try first! It was my idea to go to a more comfortable place, so that means you go first. What do you mean it’s not a good excuse, it’s a great excuse. Look, the reason mom leaves so much and so far is because the worms and bugs are all gone and dead here because of all the bad chemicals this thing produces in the air and ground. Don’t you want to finally be able to eat well, and fly yourself to any place you want. I want to be free and not stuck here, especially with a whiny bird. It’s hard to tweet when we’re here because when I open my beak, all the smoke goes into my tiny body. Smoke surrounds us 24/7. I don’t even know why mom decided to lay the eggs here. What do you mean she was in a hurry. Ugh, sometimes it’s difficult to talk to you, did you know that. Of course you didn't.

We need to get out of here, not just for ourselves, but for other animals. Remember last week, we saw those two squirrels come under the fence and up this tree? Do you remember what happened to them Jack? They suffocated! That smoke killed them. Either there’s too much, or there’s something in that smoke that is dangerous, who knows, it could be both those things. It’s a miracle we’re still alive! All the animals have to be warned to not come near this area. Think of it, we’d be heroes for saving so many lives! Heroes!

Okay how about this. We can either die because of the smoke, or trying to go to safety. No Jack, that was great reasoning! We’ll come back for mom, don’t worry. It’s time for us to start a life where the sun shines bright and the sky isn't dark. We need a break from this dark hole, and how do you know that you can’t fly if you haven’t tried yet. Please Jack! Think of it like this. When mom sees that we taught ourselves to fly, she’d be so proud of us and you’ll still be mommy’s little bird, don’t worry. You’ll do it? Yes! Fine I’ll do it on your condition, together.  Ready, on three. One, two, three….


Below is a video of my third monologue, "Life in a Dark Hole".



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Climate Change Monologue Project

In our World History class this unit we have been learning about the how unfair the world is in terms of education, and wealth or poverty. We followed that up with learning how different some culture seem especially the Nacirema. It was certainly weird to think of ourselves as different, but we learned not to immediately judge other cultures because the seem different. We then were assigned to make a meme that educates people about the pressing problems all over the world. Now we are finishing this unit off by learning about how climate change is effecting people, places, families and villages all around the world. We were assigned the task of making monologues about climate change and how they are affect the earth and effecting people. While writing these monologues are main goal, as a class was to inform people of the devastating catastrophe that climate change and global warming has on families all over the world. My goals for writing these three monologues was to enlighten people on the different views and arguments on climate change and why some people are not rushing to save the our planet.

[Eric Schmidt the chairman of google in an interview with Diane Rehm]


Thank you for having me on the your show Ms. Rehm, I really appreciate it. (WAIT FOR HER RESPONSE) Well as I am sure you are aware, climate change and global warming are both quite problematic at this day and age. We here at google are certainly aware of how this is an issue and how it is affecting children and adults and families around the world. Everybody understands that climate change is an issue, (THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU JUST SAID) well most everyone is aware, and we here at google also understand that climate change isn’t something that can go away. If we want it to not be a problem we have to do something, which is why we here at google feel that we need to do our part to try and prevent climate change from becoming more of an issue. We also know that many other people feel the same way and people are in fact trying to do something about it which is great and we are all for that. (SHE ASKS A QUESTION) Ahh yes the big controversy in Partnering with the ALEC corporation. Just quickly, for those who don’t know What ALEC stands for, they are the American Legislative Executive Council. You asked me about partnering with ALEC and the controversy that arose due to climate change. To answer that question, I say this.

The reason we originally partnered with ALEC was for a political campaign for something totally unrelated to climate change, something that happen a long time ago. (PAUSE) When we realized how much of an issue climate change really was we decided to cut funds with ALEC. It turns out that partnering with ALEC was not a good idea. They are what people would call climate deniers, they do not believe that climate change is an issue. They don’t believe that it will ever be an issue, and they are not worried at all. It doesn’t make sense, but that is just the way they think. We do not agree with ALEC. We do not agree with their thinking, and we, just like anyone else, would not be happy to be associated with a company like ALEC. This is why we will not be partnering with them anymore.

We realize our mistake in partnering with them and we are very ashamed of ourselves, but we know now what not to do. Everyone makes mistakes, but the biggest mistake is not learning from what you did wrong. We now know what to do and what not to do and because we want to prevent climate change, and because we know it’s a problem, we will do the best we can and we will do our part to prevent what is happening.




[Jasper Pannini an average person ranting about the news on climate change]


God climate change is getting worse. (PAUSE) Everyone says they care but no one actually cares. I mean if they did we’d already be on our feet racing to solve the problem, like first one to put an end to climate change wins something, (PAUSE) but no, it’s not like that. What frustrates me the most is when people say “climate change is a problem and we need to fix it” but then do nothing, or become more interested in what they call “more important problems.” Yes, climate change does not seem as pressing, as problematic, or as important, as your mortgage or you family that you need to take care of, but let me tell you, people are paying with their lives because you are not willing to admit to your mistakes, or not willing to fix them.

When you’re frustrated because you’re stuck in traffic, your car is letting out exhaust which is polluting the air, and killing the environment. So you got to work late and your boss is screaming at you, well on the other side of the world families and homes are being torn apart by hurricanes all because of climate change. (PAUSE) Anyway climate change, is an outrageous issue that we need to take care of, but we’re lazy so we don’t keep in mind the their have been disasters that have killed thousands all around the world because we won’t take care of our earth.

We also like to blame other people for causing global warming, which is another way of being lazy. The government or world leaders get a lot of heat for this problem. This just blows my mind, the stupidity of people who are like “oh climate change isn’t my problem I’ve already done what I need to do, now other people need to do what they can.” What? Obviously not, if there are still disasters all over the world, you still need to do your part to prevent these from happening. Everybody needs to pitch in, and everyone needs to stop being lazy. Everyone needs stop blaming other people for climate change, and everyone most importantly needs to stop talking about how much of a problem this is, and start doing something about it.




[Paul Weyrich founder of ALEC taking stand by saying climate change isn’t an issue]


Okay. Hold on just a minute. Yes climate change is an issue, yes our ozone layer is getting thinner. Yes this causes more heat from the sun to get trapped in our solar system or causes our atmospheir to be vulnerable. Yes this causes storms, floods, and heat waves, (PAUSE) but I mean honestly is this what I should be worried about all the time. (PAUSE) Should I really be losing sleep over this issue. (PAUSE) I mean I have other things to worry about. I have to worry about my health and well being, I have to worry about my family’s health and well being and I have to worry about my job. I have to make sure that our organisation doesn’t collapse into shambles and I have to make sure they are all healthy and capable to do what they need to do, and I need to make sure I can meet my goals and expectations. So with all that in mind, I feel as if climate change is not an issue. It’s not affecting me, or the people that are important to me, and on top of that we are all fine and healthy, so I think it is pointless to worry about something that seems so invisible or so far away.

Secondly, we are not even sure if climate change is an issue or not. There is still much debate on whether this is a catastrophe or whether this is just a natural phenomenon. A natural phenomenon for those who don’t know is something that happens naturally kind of like the ice age. It is something that was bound to happen anyway and it will eventually go away. If it is a natural phenomenon, it just going to happen and we might get over it or we might not survive, but either way, there is nothing we can do.

Finally, we here at ALEC are all for trying to create better ways to live and be happy, but when something just costs to much and if don’t get the money or the outcome we deserved for the amount of money, work, and effort we put in we are not huge fans of that. We want to do what is best for us and others for a good deal and for a good outcome. Helping the world prevent climate change is an expense for us and for others. It is just not pleasant for anyone, and while we would love to help, it does not exactly seem plausible or probable.

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Home Network, Hilton

1. Our internet is provided by Verizon and comes through a fiber optic cable placed in our basement, this then goes to the combined modem and router on the third floor. This is then sends a wireless connection to our two Roku televisions, our Vonage phones, our three laptops, one desktop, and our wireless printer. 

2. I had several realizations over the course of learning about my home network, I had always looked at it as this complicated, and almost, magical process. Now that I almost fully understand the steps involved I feel a refreshed sense of preparedness for the upcoming years in technological advancement. 

3. I think it would be best to inform people about the complete process. How it comes from the internet service provider, through your house, and through a wireless connection that enters into your array of devices. To allow people access to this common knowledge will lead to less stupidity and mistakes when going through choosing an ISP.


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