|The BINGO project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 641739.|
As a new way to communicate the project’s results, the BINGO team has developed 2 thematic performances involving very different types of stakeholders:
These performances were presented at the Final Project Meeting, to all of the project partners, and at ECCA 2019.
Two characters, each wearing a badge:
The scene starts with only Sceptical-Mark walking around and talking aloud:
Sceptical-Mark: I am going now to a press conference. I was just re-elected, what is good, and really want to talk about economy. We are doing well, we created lots of jobs, we got lots of investment, and got the Eurofestival (???). All should be fine, just… those journalists, all what they want to talk about nowadays is climate change! I don’t know anything about climate change, I don’t deal with climate change – I am got about the economy, I create jobs!
Convinced-Louisa (passing by, looks at Mark and his badge, and Sceptical-Mark also reads Convinced- Louisa’s badge): Hi, Mark. It’s you, we don’t meet for a long time!… Did I heard right that you were re-elected?
Sceptical-Mark: Hi Louisa! Yes that’s true. I was re-elected!…
Convinced-Louisa: Oh (looking at the badge saying “Climate change Sceptical politician”) Great ! Congratulations! You do have the chance to do a good job… but... I can see you are climate change sceptical!
Sceptical-Mark: Well, I don’t have an issue with climate change; climate change has an issue with me…! It keeps following me everywhere. I don’t want anything with it, it should remain far away.
Convinced-Louisa: Oh !Oh ! Not at all !! I can help my dear friend. Changes in climate are happening, climate change is real!! And a good politician cannot ignore it. I tell you frankly I had some doubts in the beginning and now I am fully aware!!
Sceptical-Mark: I don’t know... All I see is dry weather then wet weather. And it seems to be cold then gets very warm… What is happening?!
Convinced-Louisa: Exactly, that’s it…! It is happening. I can understand you, I got information that helped me a lot. You see, I have talked with the BINGO H2020 project coordinator, and she informed me that the project provided a broad range of climate ensembles for 6 research sites over Europe. Knowing that we have several possible scenarios for the next years allow us to accept the possibilities and, looking at the extremes scenarios, create adaptation strategies in order to cope with the potential risks.
Sceptical-Mark: Yes, really…?
Convinced-Louisa: Of course cannot predict exactly what the future will be. We are not Gods or prophets, but we can approach possible future scenarios that help us to take decisions today. Uncertainty should not be a concern!
Sceptical-Mark: Tell me: what can I do with this information, in what can it be useful to my electors? My voters are not interested in climate change
Convinced-Louisa: Oh, Oh, dear Mark you are mistaken, for sure they are!
Sceptical-Mark: Are they, ooh…! (Suddenly, Marks becomes much more interested in the conversation). Are you interested in climate change? (Looking at people around that nod, agreeing)
Convinced-Louisa: You see?! You will be a better politician if you are well informed about climate change! And if you are pro-active in the transformation needed in your citizens and electors!
Sceptical-Mark: Tell me all about it, what should I say to my electorate?
Convinced-Louisa: Well, changes in the water cycle and extreme events like floods and droughts, impact activities in the city, tourism, agriculture, the availability of water in quantity and quality for several different uses, including for human consumption. It is important that you are aware of the impacts and risks, and prepared to address climate change events, providing effective solutions.
Sceptical-Mark: Ok, ok... People care about water, and lots of taxes came from that and industries using of water…
Convinced-Louisa: Yes you are right …and you need to engage everyone in the process, stakeholders from different sectors, even common citizens. BINGO has created Communities of Practice…
Sceptical-Mark: Yes, and I may lead them. I am such a great leader!!!
Convinced-Louisa: Sure, someone in your position can engage stakeholders (Sceptical-Mark nods, looking happy) making them understand that climate change scenarios create risks and opportunities that are of their interest to address immediately. We need that different sectors of society are brought together to face climate change adaptation issues. The COP’s….
Sceptical-Mark: (wincing and stepping aside, interruptsConvinced-Louisa): No, no, no!! No cops! I didn’t do anything wrong…!
Convinced-Louisa: What do you mean…?! COPs are the Communities of Practice, where all can interact, express their concerns and work together…
Sceptical-Mark: (looking relieved): Ooohh, then it is ok. I thought something about my taxes… Many years ago, nothing important… Tell me, these COPS, they do need a leader, right?
Convinced-Louisa: (smiling at the misunderstanding): Yes, sure you can lead them!… The COPs are a group of diverse people - your electorate, in fact! - that meet to openly share their knowledge and their problems, and to find integrated solutions for common problems. Sometimes there may be some conflicts, but this is fine. There is no need to look for consensus. What is important is that all engage and commit together into concerted actions that serve the objectives of all.
Sceptical-Mark: So, no consensus but commitment?
Convinced-Louisa: You are very right; commitment based on fair and transparent negotiations and finding what is better for all, also looking at the near and far future.
Sceptical-Mark: (smiling, very proud of himself): I am a top negotiator!
Convinced-Louisa: For that you need to be well informed by the scientists and researchers, so that you can do a good job in leading these COPs.
Sceptical-Mark: No, no no… Scientists bring their figures and graphs, and I get a headache. I only like to look at the number in my budget!
Convinced-Louisa: You do not need to look into details or understand the numbers. You must only grasp the trends, understand the possible climate change scenarios and, then, mobilize people to deal with the issues.
Sceptical-Mark: I like that people are happy together - and know I am their leader…! I know understand all in a different perspective, and see lots of opportunities and possibilities (turns around his badge, stating now ”Politician Convinced by BINGO”)
Convinced-Louisa: Great, I am very pleased.
Sceptical-Mark: I think you can come with me to the press conference...
Convinced-Louisa: I would like very much to collaborate with you in this matter and the BINGO team is also willing to help us.
Sceptical-Mark: (shaking hands with Convinced- Louisa): Good! Let’s start our collaboration, come with me to the Press Conference, I am sure all will want to know more about BINGO!
One character: a young female farmer.
It is a monologue, requiring good moving and expressivity from the performer (Rita)
The scene starts with the farmer walking around the corridor, spotting some people reaching them and starting to talk.
The BINGO project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 641739.
The project is coordinated at European level by Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC, Portugal).
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