WOULD-BE ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTANT MEETS MOTHER NATURE IN A PUB – A DIALOGUE (introduction)

LIST OF CHARACTERS

Mother Nature                                                   Mr Commerce

Professor Science                                             Religious Man

Young Englishman                                             Soren Kierkegaard

Martin Heidegger                                               Unidentified Frenchman

Librarian Lady                                                     Young German

Carl Gustav Jung                                               Friederich Nietzsche

Psychologist Lady                                               Ecopsychologist

Arne Naess                                                         The Romantic

Michel Foucault                                                American Academic 1

American Academic 2                                       Geographer

Sociologist                                                         Policy Maker

Angry Voice                                                        Reconciliatory Voice

 

LIST OF ACTS

Act One – Who am I and what can I know?

Act Two – Deep ecology and belief systems.

Act Three – Exploring the limitations of science.

Act Four – Knocking at the foundations of capitalism

Act Five – The nature of nature

Introduction

Our hero, an ex-management accountant, has recently read stories of environmental management accounting and despite many years in the field of management accounting he has never heard of, let alone witnessed, this phenomenon. He is now on a journey to find what people mean when they refer to accounting and to the environment and, indeed, what he means.

In the course of this journey he now finds himself in a large dimly-lit hostelry which has one large reception lounge in which guests can congregate. It is an ‘Open-Mic’ night with a ‘Nature’ theme.  Would be minstrels are playing songs, reciting poetry and telling tales.  A fire burns in a hearth to the side of the bar, away from the bar and the hearth the room gets progressively darker.  In the darkness there are an indistinguishable but seemingly large number of tables, most of which are occupied.

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