2071 is a production about climate change. Performed as a monologue by John Gaden, he reads a speech by noted scientist Professor Chris Rapley from a couple of years ago. The profound topic of climate change and the attribution to its change by humans is undeniably true. Using the research available, the work by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and the summary of its findings along with a chorus of 6 young adults and light projections, the audience sit through a deeply rooted message.
For about an hour, the audience is presented with an understanding of the causes of climate change and the changes the earth has experienced over a few thousand years. Using very accurate measurements of sea level changes and superior technology, there have been some mind-numbing advancements in scientific technology that can measure the rate at which fossil fuels are being consumed, the effect of the greenhouse emissions and the rise of sea levels over years. The numbers presented may seem low in the large scheme of things, however, when put into perspective in comparison with some of the previous changes, they reveal the true extent of the change. Perhaps the most jaw-dropping statistic was the fact that, if the human race continues to do nothing and uses the resources in the current volumes per year, there is a definite end date to this environment as we know it.
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The summary of the changes is suddenly very evident. The rate of consumption is so high, that it doesn't provide for enough for the future generations. While many countries have acknowledged this and have started programmes to use more renewable sources of energy, it is not until all humankind get together for this cause that we can make a difference.
Along with the speech, the director Tim Jones has engaged audiences with light projections and movements from the young adults throughout the performance. It provides a multi-sensory experience and a thought provoking message. The young adults also put into perspective, that decisions taken by humankind in the past may impact their generation and their children to come. John Gaden explains that 2071 will be the year when his eldest granddaughter, who is currently a teenager, will be his age.