Monologue Draft Number 1: Climate Change?
Whoo I'm running late. [5min later]. Hey! How are you. Sorry, im late I was stuck in traffic. Thanks for understanding. So, lets get right into it. By the way I have prepared some things to get us started. Well, let me just jump right into it. I think climate change is a big deal in the world now, well it has been for awhile and humans cause most of the problems. Excuse me, but we are the ones building factories to burn fossil and that causes so much carbon dioxide to pollute the air. And, if we keep burning these fossils then the air will get heated and melt the ice all around the world. What do you mean the water from the ice can freeze back? If the temperature of the air is too high then there won't be any water to freeze. I think we should think of a way that we can teach the people at this protest thats coming up to change the world for a better impact because i’m starting to think I don’t want to be here. Excuse me? I’m not suicidal It just sounded bad the way I said it in my head. Well we have 30 more mins. Left of this meeting and I think we need to start planning ideas. What are your suggestions. Ok, greenhouse effect, energy balance, and reflectivity. Wow guys these are some great Ideas and I think we should focus on greenhouse effect, who agrees? Thanks for coming to an understanding. So greenhouse effect is when the Sun rays shine to earth and when they try to leave they get trapped. And, this causes heat not to leave our atmosphere. That should be the topic, but what things can we teach them and what can we use to teach the public. I like how you said big banners Mark. Bob great Idea with the build boards. Sally maybe you can make posters at your house . . OK, you're right Jim this meeting took way too long its 2:00 now and we still need to come to an agreement. ok ok ok. . . Yes, I love it. Since, we all are young and social environmentalist I think we should start a protest. That way we can make it to the news and people will be hearing about that, that they would want to join. What day should we start preparing and what day should we be ready to protest so we should protest sept 21 of 2014 and then start getting ready about Now. So I’ll guess i see you guys on friday at 12:00 sharp again and next time I wont be late.
Monologue Draft number 2: We Need A Change
[Yawns] Its really late. I should have did all of this researching earlier. Lets see whats on tv. [Gets Remote] Just a bunch of bogus shows. Well this was a waste of time. I felt better on my computer. [ Goes back to computer] Lets research green gas house because there have been lots of climate change in the past month. All those polar bears whose lives have been taken for no reason and I think its just wrong. Some of those polar bears had good lives going for them but climate change is really bad nowadays and lots of environments and living beings are affected by it and die for no reason. I can think of all the possible ways that this world can end because of climate change. People don't deserve to die for no reason even all those kids who could die because of climate change. Its a shame that even people expect us to do what they want us to do don't even care but they will care when people decide to take a change. I don't even feel safe anymore. It feels like now someone dies every second because of the lack of food or clean water because of climate change. And, although people want to stop climate change, it can't be stopped because every act of change the more someone decides to pollute.
Monologue #3: The Protest
Testing, Testing 123l 123. Hello everyone My name is Richard Haverford I am a 35 year old socialist and I think matter of fact I know climate change is a big deal in america and all around the world. And, I have a problem with that. I was almost denied clean water myself because there was a drought in Africa and there wasn't enough clean water for everyone to drink. I know how you would feel if your kids were denied an clean water because of a drought. Bet, you wouldn't like it. I know I wouldn't like it. I have a very sketchy background. I am a hard working Nigerian man. I got in lots of trouble when I was younger I stole clean water, I drank clean water, and I smoked clean water, no not really but, only because I was struggling at the moment and I was being selfish because I only drank while my family was in the house dying and suffering from the lack of clean water. and thought .Then one night I decided to sneak into a refuge camp and take a bunch of clean water for my family. I did it and almost got away with a pride of joy. When I got caught it landed me in a juvenile detention center for about a year. I was charged with burglary. Now I didn’t know this at the time but I had landed myself in the stereotypes for nigerians at the time. Dumb and Dirty and Un-Educated. The refuge camp I tried to burglarize was a camp from the red cross and a group of environmental scientist. They were studying how much greenhouse gasses were stuck in our region. After I got caught, one of the scientist decided to talk to me, he told me not to fall into the stereotypes of nigerians these days because people will not want to help you out if your not right minded too many people are dying because of the drought in your reason, and the last thing you want to do is piss the wrong person off and trust me they will make your life hell until this drought is over. They might not give you clean water and food. He told me that he was also nigerian and he was in the same position that I was in when he was younger. The things he did for me was the same thing that someone did to him. He gave me and my family clean water and food for at least a month. After my time in the juvenile detention center me and the scientist stayed in contact, Then I went to college and I got a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and political sciences. Now what I am telling you guys is to not let your kids go down the same paths we went down but to help them to make better decisions in life and stay focused in whats going on in the world around them. So, just because your background is sketchy and because of your race or skin color, you can still make a change and a difference.
This unit we have learned about climate change. We have learned about several different people’s perspective on climate change and learned about how climate change affects people all over the world in different ways ranging from extreme weather like the typhoon in the Philippines to respiratory problems like asthma. While writing my monologues my goal was to show how many different opinions there are on climate change. I also wanted people to realize that deciding to do something about climate change or even just deciding what your opinion is on climate change is something people struggle with. Some people depend on things that cause climate change and others feel as though climate change really isn’t that important.
Why Should I Care?
(A 15 year old girl who lives in New York. It is 1988 right after NASA scientist, Dr. James Hansen, testifies in front of congress about global warming and the greenhouse effect. She is at school, sitting at a table eating lunch with a few friends.)
Do I have to read this article? Don’t we do enough boring reading in school? I don’t want to waste my lunch reading this. (Pauses, sighs) Fine, whatever. (Reads for a couple of minutes and frowns) Are you sure this is really true? Cause, I don’t understand. Why haven’t they said anything about this before? I mean, this guy is saying that we’re polluting and warming the earth. I mean, how is that even possible? (Pauses) I know it explains it in the article! I’m just a little skeptical. How is burning some stuff really hurting the earth so badly? Either the earth must be really weak or these losers are exaggerating and making a big deal out of nothing like they always do. I mean, according to this article we have (deepens voice and reads quote in a mocking way) “altered the global climate in a way that will affect life on earth for centuries to come”. (Rolls eyes) What’s that supposed to mean? How is this going to be affecting the earth?(Looks down at article) Okay...melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and evaporating inland water. That’s really not that bad! I don’t understand why these people are complaining so much. Why should I care about that? (Pauses) Alright…fine, I guess it’s bad… But what would we be able to do about it anyway? It’s not like it’s going to affect us in any way, so who cares! (Pauses) Wow, you’re right, that sounds really selfish. All right, suppose we do try to do something. Would our actions really make a difference? No, they wouldn't! There’s only four of us and what would we do? Stop buying stuff made in factories? Stop using energy? That would be impossible! Besides, I don’t really care about this so why would I even try to do anything like that? And seeing as it’s just not possible for us to do anything, I don’t see why you’re so worried about this. Just forget all about it and let’s just try to have fun with our lives instead of worrying about boring stuff. I was thinking that after school we could...(Pauses) He said that? Oh...Well then...I guess we will do something about this climate change stuff. (Pauses) I know it’s stupid to just change my mind cause of something he said but I don’t care! We’ll join that stupid club and do whatever we’re going to have to do there and I’ll finally have a chance to get to talk to him more. (Looks around) He’s coming! Alright, alright, keep on talking about this climate change stuff I want him to think that I care about it.
The Earth’s Beauty
(A 20 year old man who lives in the country. He is sitting outside on a bench looking at the stars.)
Every morning when I wake up I run to my window so I can see the sun rising over the gentle green hills where I used to play everyday. When I go outside I take a deep breath of the air, enjoy the gentle breeze and the smell of the damp earth and the trees. Then at night I look up and count the never ending amount of bright twinkling stars and revel in the beauty of the silver moon shining down on my face. I love this world so much and admire it’s beauty but I often wonder; what it was like before? (Looks up wistfully)Before humans came and destroyed what it used to be. Before forests were cut down and gases we’re pumped into the air. Was everything ten times as beautiful back then? Was every part of this world as lovely as the colors of the sky while the sun is setting? I wish I could have seen the world as it was in the beginning but I know that I will never be able to do that. The world will most likely get worse, these small areas of pleasure and beauty will disappear forever, because of us, our pollution and global warming. (sighs)
When I was younger I didn’t understand global warming. I just thought it was something bad like war and injustice. When you're younger you can’t understand how complex and complicated problems are when they seem so simple and easy to fix. I remember reading a quote from my hero and namesake, Alexander Graham Bell. “The unchecked burning of fossil fuels would have a sort of greenhouse effect...The net result is the greenhouse becomes a sort of hot-house.” I didn’t really understand that quote until my mother explained it in words that a 7 year old could more easily understand. That quote just reinforced my belief that climate change must be bad; if my hero thought it was bad then I definitely thought it was bad too.
But now I know more. I’ve grown older and am no longer a naive little boy rolling down hills and swimming in lakes. I now know that all the money we have comes from my dad’s company. And my dad’s company gets their money from burning fossil fuels. Soon, my dad expects me to work for the company too. I just don’t know what to do. All my life I’ve been against something that my dad has been working for and supporting. We’ve already argued and I hate fighting with him. I hate telling my dad that he’s a monster whose selfishness is going to kill every single thing that is beautiful. And I hate having to hear him tell me I’m a stupid child who doesn’t know anything. We both know we don’t really mean those words but still they hurt. I love my dad and I know he loves me. I don’t want to disappoint him but how could I live with myself if I knew that I was one of those people who was willingly and happily causing so many problems because of my selfishness and need for more money? I need to decide what’s more important to me. My dad and family or the earth and my integrity?
(A 34 year old man who is sitting in chair talking to his two children. )
Hey, kids, come here and listen to me. I have something important I want to talk to you about. Alright, you may have heard about a climate change march and about global warming. (Pause) You have heard of it. Good. Well, I just wanted to tell you that yes, global warming is happening. Wait! That’s not all I wanted to tell you. Sit back down! Well, your mother really cared about this before...well, you know. She wanted me to teach you about this. But really, who cares about the earth when there are more important things? Now, you listen to me and stop worrying about all that. The most important thing to me and what should be the most important thing to you is to make sure that were all fed and have a roof over our heads. Don’t make those faces! Sure the earth is important because it’s where we all live but in a hundred years none of us will be here. We won’t be alive to be affected by this climate change. Remember that. I don’t want you two to waste your lives trying to fix the world. Let other people worry about being heroes. You and I just need to stay alive and try to be the happiest we can be. We need to work, make money and take care of the family. Don’t ever forget that. Okay? Okay. Now go to bed.
(He waits until his children leave and then picks up a picture)
I’m sorry, darling. I know how you felt about climate change, how we both felt. (Smiles) Do you remember when you and I thought we could just fix the world? We laughed at other people’s mistakes and told ourselves that we were smarter and there was no way we would mess up. We we’re so naive. We thought it would be easy. Why didn’t we realize that if so many others couldn’t do it then there was no way we would be able to. And now you're gone… I’m glad you’re not here to see the mess of a world we live in now. The children are just like you. They can barely stand living in a world like this but I can’t let their lives turn out like yours. I can’t let them throw away their lives on an unfixable problem like climate change. I want them to be happy. How could they be happy if the only thing they think about is the earth? I’m sorry I can’t teach them to be better people but in a world like this “better people” don’t survive.
Here is the video for my first monologue, “Why should I care?”
In this unit, our class was introduce to the topic of climate change. Change change, at this time and possibly in the future, is effecting almost every single person and if nothing is done, the earth we know today will be destroyed. Also in this unit, , we looked at the effects of climate change all over the world and its impact on daily life. After exploring, we were given this project to create three monologues through the point of view of people who are relevant to the topic of climate change. My video for my first monologue is below:
It is Noonday and a mother is at a water pump station. Another women is there
It is another day with no clean water. My name? My name is Chaonaine. My mother must have seen the future because it means ¨it has seen me¨. Now look at where I am now: I have lost everything because of the flooding water and this is the 3 one in 2 months. I dont know what is going to happen the next farming season. I am tired to seeing my children crying from no food or water. It is bad enough I have lost my home, but I can't see my kids suffering like this.
But this is so unusual. In my life, I have never seen anything like this. The land use to be so fertile, but now it is so dry. My crops have not produce anything. I know that God is angry with this country and this is the end of times. But I beg my God to please spare my children. They are the innocent and have not done anything.
What? Our president said what? Climate change? What is that? Our country is too poor to put food in our own mouths, so how can we pump things into the air?
What is happening to our world? People have forgotten about others. Malawi is suffering and big countries are only worried about money. Why cant we all just help each other? This world is for everybody, not just for the rich.
Well I hear my children calling me. I must be on my way now. I pray God delivers us all out of these hard times.
Thank you ladies and Gentlemen. As you all should know, I am Rex W. Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil company. I will now be taking question.
What’s that you say?
Does climate change exist ?
I believe that climate change does exist, but by science, I think its a natural thing that happens in the lifetime of the earth. I feel that people are trying to blow up a small problem and it does not need to happen. People
Next question. Oh yes you in the back. No, not you Cnn, you in the grey hat.
Does Exxon contribute to climate change?
Exxon contributes to job growth in this country. In Houston alone, we have created 10,000 new construction jobs. We help stimulate the economy and everybody benefits from our company.
Well ladies and gentlemen, I will close by just saying this. Right now please know this, Exxon contributes to job growth, not destroying the environment. We understand that climate change might seem like a problem, but in reality, people are just a little bit over concerned. Exxon makes decisions that will benefit the america and its people. Exxon is on the peoples side. We always think of the people.
We have to come together (Desmond tutu perspective)
At an interview.
The people of South Africa have forgotten. We have forgotten that we are suppose to be strong. We have fought apartheid, but we now face a bigger problem: Climate change. Our world is disintegrating right before our eyes. The worst part is that we are letting this happen right in front of our eyes. South Africa contributing to its own downfall. Its just South Africa. America, China, Europe, and other big countries are pumping noxious gas into the atmosphere and it is making our world uninhabitable.
We are in control. We have the ability to choose on how our earth is going to turn out. That will only happen if people come together in order to solve the problem. Countries are only worried about money and what they fail to realize is that if we have no earth, then what good is the money?
However, in order to solve a global problem, we have to start in our own backyard. We have to begin being conscious of our daily decisions and think of the future effects. People have to be aware and that is where the first step to improving our world starts from: ourselves.
Part I: Introduction
In this unit of study, we learned about climate change. First, we started off by watching a documentary about the climate rally that happened in New York. We got to hear from officials, scientists, and just everyday people speaking out about what it is and what the rally would do. One thing we learned were that carbon dioxide plays a major role in the change of our global climate. We also learned about the impacts it had on some communities and towns, like the typhoon that happened in the Philippines. After we watched this documentary, we got to listen to a sample monologue, and learned ways that we could make our own monologues interesting and thoughtful. Finally, we created, revised, and even performed our monologues in class!
Part II: The Monologues
Monologue #1: John Appleseed’s Asparagus Farm- Tragedy of the Drought
Honey...yes, I know, the farm didn’t bring in much money this week. I don’t know what else to do. There’s just not enough water for the crops. (Looking stressed out, he slumps down into a chair by the Kitchen table). Half of the asparagus field’s already gone dry. Get more water? From where?! I can’t just scream at the sky to give us rain, Lisa. It doesn’t work like that. Well I’m not God, so. Look, I don’t understand it either. They’re saying it’s something about climate change...the scientists. What do you mean “What does a drought have to do with climate change?” ? It’s got everything to do with climate change! The weather changed, and it’s been like this for awhile now. Keeps getting worse. So the climate, changed! Geez. I’m sorry..I know you were just asking. Just seemed pretty obvious. Well I don’t know what they’re gonna do about it. We’re over here auctioning off water. Water!! $1,350 an acre-foot! Remember when it used to be $135. Times are crazy. At this rate, next month I don’t know how we’re gonna survive. I don’t. How’re we gonna pay the- oh hey sweetiepie! How was school? Now why are you pouting? No pouting. Here, I think I’ve got something to cheer you up. (Hands her a watercolor painting of a sunflower.) I painted it last night. Just for you. (Her face lights up, and she jumps up to give him a hug. She thanks him for the painting and goes up to her room.) How sweet is that. Yeah, I know I shouldn’t be using the water. It was only a cupful. There may not be enough water for the crops, but I’d give it all to my sunshine if I could. Look, I don’t know what we’re gonna do about this. I’ll make some calls, see if I can get us into an auction or something. Bill’s probably got someone I could talk to, or Annie.
Monologue #2: Ralph McKelly: Coal Keeps the Bills Paid
Hello everybody...(waves) hey Janice! Bert, how’s my boy doing? Hey y’all, alright now settle down! My name is Ralph McKelly, as most of you may already know. I used to work at the Eastern Kentucky Coal Mining industry, along with a handful of other faces in the crowd. Yes, used to. I know, I know, it’s a shame. It’s a damn shame. See, Washington don’t care about us anymore...no. With their EPAs and regulations. You know what I think of the EPA? The “Environmental Protection Agency?” I think that they’re full of it. Talkin’ about regulations. They don’t got one good reason to shut these coal mines down. They don’t got no proof! This is God’s land, He gave us coal, so we burn it! Y’know, one of my favorite songs, “Coal Keeps the Lights on,” by Jimmy Rose...yep, him! Well, it says, “They don't care that much about the little man or the calloused hands. It's a way of life 'round, just like it's always been.” And I just think that that is so powerful. Coal has always, always, been a way of living ‘round here. It, “keeps food on the spoon in my youngin’s mouth.” My daughter, she’s grown now, but we got people like Bert here. His daughter’s five. He just got laid off from the mines too. Just this July. And like me, mining’s been his entire life! I remember when my dad brought me down to the mines, first time. I was nine. The black ash, smoke reaching out to the sky- it fascinated me. And so, I’ve been there ever since. So now, we’ve gotta figure out what we’re gonna do from here. Are y’all with me! Okay!
Monologue #3: Brenda Ekwurzel: Life of a Scientist
(Extending her arm to the far left corner of her desk, she answers the ringing phone). Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Oh hello Jill!...So I’ve heard...It’s frustrating, yes. I agree, all of these rallies against the EPA have to be countered. Ah, so you’ve seen my blog post on carbon emissions! Well the amount of carbon dioxide in the air right now is quite alarming. You know, I’d be willing to hold one of these countering rallies for your organization, to spread actual knowledge about this issue to others. Oh, you were just about to ask me that! Haha, well you know I’d stand up for the EPA any day. So, it’s a done deal. Oh, nothing much is going on right now. Lot of work. Oh, he’s good. He just got a promotion at work! Yeah, I’m so proud of him. He’s been working for this for awhile now. The cats are good, yes. Haha, MInnie is turning seven this year! February…yes come in and visit! You know we always like visitors. Yeah, the guest room’s all refinished as well! We added that on-suite, you saw the pictures, right? It’s always good to change things up a bit, you know? Well how are you holding up, I know the divorce must have been tough on you...yeah...yeah, I can imagine. Well I’m glad you’re doing well now, Jill. We’ll have to catch up more soon! I’ve got some more research to get done now, so I’ll have to catch you later. Alright, keep me updated on this rally! Goodbye!
Senator Jim Inhofe
Good afternoon my fellow senators and representatives. My name is Jim Inhofe and I would like to address a recurring argument in these meetings which is climate change. We hear about the issue of global warming everywhere we turn, but just because it is a repeated phrase thrown into these discussions doesn’t mean that it has any real worth or meaning. Who’s to say it isn’t all just a hoax meant to trick us into buying into a cause that isn’t occurring. Why do you believe climate change is real?..Because some scientist says so. How do you trust them to know they are right? Meteorologists are scientists that make assumptions about the weather, but is it not true that they are wrong a lot of the time. They say there is 0% chance of rain and you look outside and it is raining. What are the chances of that? Science itself is all just a bunch of theories that can’t always be proven. We are only human and we don’t have the knowledge or the power to state that global warming is real. The only one who has that power is God. God knows and controls everything. It is arrogant and disrespectful that we are so quick to say that we have the power to change the climate. That is not our power that is God’s will. I see you all snickering and I know exactly what you’re thinking! Oh, he’s just some crazy religious fool. I may be religious, but I am not crazy nor am I a fool. Anyone who buys into this scheme is a fool, because all you are doing is filling scientists pockets with useless money for them to stop something that probably isn’t happening. Even if the climate is changing we can’t assume that we are the ones doing it, because we’re on God’s earth and we are his creation. So he controls us, the land we stand upon, and the air we breathe. With that being said we should disregard this global warming hoax as nothing but scientists trying to fool us into giving them money for their “important research”. (Sits down and sighs) Why do they always laugh at me? I'm not crazy! They are close minded and refuse to admit the truth, and I feel sorry for them.
To Whom It May Concern
To whom it may concern,
It’s gone..it’s all gone. Swept away within a blink of an eye. Now a place that I used to call home is just a plain of trash as far as the eye can see. Trees that once stood tall are nothing but scattered branches. I now stand alone in a city called New Orleans that once had its sidewalks filled with joyous people not too long ago. It is a depressing scene that will forever haunt me. But only this nightmare is real and her name is Katrina. Such a beautiful name for such a heartless creature. She flooded the coast, desecrated homes, stole innocent, including my sweet, good-hearted little sister. You have heard about this tragedy on the radio or seen pictures on the news and you say, "Aww that's horrible!" and "Oh they are in my prayers." Then you go back to your more demanding life. Stop lying to yourself..this is your fault..it’s all our faults. We are too blind to see what we are doing. We are hurting mother Earth and now she is getting her revenge. We are too consumed in out daily lives to realize the damage that we do to the Earth every single day. What will it take for you to see that there needs to be a change? Are you going to sit on your ass and wait for this to happen to you or are you going to open your eyes and ears in order to understand how we are hurting ourselves by ruining this Earth. You know what?! I don’t even know why I addressed this letter to whom it may concern, because that is no one. (Drops letter)
Money Over Existence
Hey honey..no I’m on my lunch break.. I miss you too, but I should be home in about a week. We are almost done repairing the electrical and phone lines in New Orleans. I can’t wait to see you and the boys when I come home. Hows school going for them?..Did John bring his math grade up?...That’s good..Tell them I love them and that I will beat their butts if they misbehave while I’m away...okay I’ll call you back tonight when I get off work..alright have a good day. I love you…(hangs up phone and sits in the back of a open van and takes a bite of sandwich) Ugh I told them no pickles..those people can’t get anything right..no wonder they get paid minimum wage. (steps on crumpled piece of paper) What the heck? (picks up paper and opens it) To whom it may concern...Damn I hope this girl is okay. I just heard about this global warming stuff on the news this morning. It must be pretty bad, but hey it pays my bills and feeds my kids so I can't really complain. I can’t fix electrical wires if there are incidents like hurricanes to create them. Plus, hurricane season means the biggest paycheck for me. I also can't support something that might put me out of a job one day or else I'll be the one making crappy sandwiches for five dollars and getting paid minimum wage. (folds paper and shoves it in his pocket and goes back to work)
The video below shows me performing "To Whom It May Concern"
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)
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
[ 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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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)
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.)