Frankie the dinosaur has a message for humanity.

Posted: 24 November 2021

By Luke Upton

“At least we had an asteroid,” the carnivorous critter warns. Referring to the popular theory explaining dinosaurs’ extinction 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?” asks Frankie the dinosaur.

But this isn’t a slice of real life of course, rather the key computer-generated scene from a new short film launched by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). And it is the centerpiece of the agency’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign. As a result of the campaign comes this fantastic video.

So, the dinosaur then tells the audience of bewildered diplomats that “it’s time humans stopped making excuses and started making changes” to address the climate crisis.

It’s the first-ever film to be made inside the General Assembly Hall using computer-generated imagery ( CGI) and because it is international features global celebrities voicing the dinosaur in numerous languages.

UNDP research released as part of the campaign shows that the world spends $423 billion annually just to subsidize fossil fuels. This is particularly shocking because this is enough to cover a COVID-19 vaccination for every person in the world or three times the annual amount needed to eradicate global extreme poverty.  

“Think of all the other things you could do with that money. Around the world people are living in poverty. And don’t you think that helping them would make more sense than…paying for the demise of your entire species?” the dinosaur says.

Frankie the dinosaur has a message for humanity.


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