Recently, a real dinosaur spoke to the UN General Assembly.
“Listen up, people. I know a thing or two about extinction,”The dinosaur said. “And let me tell you — and you’d kind of think this would be obvious — going extinct is a bad thing.”
“And driving yourselves extinct? In 70 million years, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. At least we had an asteroid. What’s your excuse?”
The United Nations Development Program has created a CGI PSA with a prehistoric speaker. They hope to inspire support for action against climate change.
“You’re headed for a climate disaster,”The dino warned. “And yet, every year, governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds on fossil fuel subsidies.
“Consider all the other things that you could do with this money. Many people live in poverty around the world. Do you not think it would be more sensible to help them than, I don’t know, paying for your entire species’ demise?”
The walking, talking fossil, known as Frankie, has been translated into 35 languages so far.
“We wanted to do something different with Frankie, the dinosaur.” Anjali Kwatra from the United Nations Development Program noted.
“It’s engaging, but also has a huge message: it is one of hope. We are in a crisis. We have to act but there are solutions. We know what we need to do and can do it. It is possible.”
The UN Climate Change Conference, aka COP26, begins this weekend in Glasgow, Scotland. World leaders will have a chance to heed the dinosaur’s words as they try to reach agreements to stave off the worst effects of human-caused climate change.
“There is a great opportunity for you right now as you rebuild your economies, and bounce back from the pandemic.” Frankie lastly stressed. This is humanity’s big chance.”
“Don’t choose extinction. Save your species before it’s too late.”