Almost one year ago, in November 2015, a huge conference took place at the United Nations in Paris to gather negotiators from almost 200 countries to discuss urgent measures to undertake in order to fight climate change. After 13 days of intense discussion delegates made an important deal: limiting the rise of the global temperature at 1,5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.
How can a citizen have an idea of the process that brings so many Nations to an agreement? How can a citizen understand the importance of taking measures in order to prevent environmental risks? Exactly one year before, in Hamburg , Rimini ProtoKoll, a theatrical company from Germany dared to put into scene a simulation of the World Climate Change Conference. It was a huge experiment of participatory theatre.
All the performers of the play were experts coming from different fields: scientists, journalists and professors. Scientist were represented at different stages of their career. Each spectator took the identity of one of the 195 delegates participating in the summit. The opening night was 21st Nov. 2014, and from then the play has been performed 19 times reaching an audience of over 9000 units.
You can see the trailer of the performance in the Rimini Protokoll Vimeo Channel, here.