Welcome to our 9th season! This season we’re tackling climate change. Climate change refers to the change of the standard weather found in a specific place. This could be a change in the rain or snow accumulation a place usually receives within a year or even a change in the place’s usual temperature for the month or season. Climate Change also refers to a change in the Earth’s overall climate. Unlike weather which can change in a few hours, climate takes hundreds or even millions of years to change (Dunbar 2015).
Throughout history, the Earth’s climate has fluctuated. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat. The abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marked the beginning of the modern climate era (NASA 2018). Many factors can cause climate to change such as Earth’s distance from the sun, the amount of energy the sun emits, ocean levels, and when volcanoes erupt. However, most scientists agree when it comes to climate change, humans make the largest impact. Our everyday tasks such as driving cars, cooking food, and heating and cooling our homes use energy. Energy is generally made by burning coal, oil, and gas. These things release gas into the atmosphere and cause the air to heat up (Dunbar 2015). Since the 19th century, the Earth’s surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit. Although this may seem low, the 5 warmest years on record have taken place since 2010 with 2016 being the warmest year on record (NASA 2018).
The signs of climate change are all around us. With wildfires plaguing California and hurricanes pummeling the east coast, it is important now more than ever to take action. Through our production of 2071 we hope to raise awareness and encourage others to take action to improve our current climate conditions.
2071 is a dramatized lecture written by scientist Chris Rapley and playwright Duncan McMillan. The piece is partially a memoir of Rapley’s life and career and partially an explanation of climate change and of the controversies surrounding it. The title, 2071, is the year in which Rapley’s oldest grandchild will be 67 years old. This was Rapley’s age when he first performed it in 2014 at the Royal Court Theater in London.
NASA. “Climate Change Evidence: How Do We Know?” NASA, NASA, 8 Aug. 2018,
Dunbar, Brian. “What Is Climate Change?” NASA, NASA, 13 May 2015, http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-climate-