A CGI dinosaur talking with the voice of fan-favorite actor Jack Black took center stage at the UN’s General Assembly chamber to tell politicians to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and do more to tackle climate change.
The short clip was released by the UN’s Development Programme (UNDP) as the centerpiece of its ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ public awareness campaign. With his impressive appearance, the polar bear-sized reptilian made a statement at a UN meeting. He also gave a hard-love speech on how species dying is an extremely bad outcome.
“At least we had an asteroid. What’s your excuse?”According to the dino, he lashed out against government subsidies of fossil fuels. A UN report accompanies this statement and estimates that they are worth approximately $423 billion each year.
Think about what it would look like if billions of dollars were spent annually on giant meteorites. That’s what you’re doing right now!
The money would be better spent on alleviating poverty and countering climate change, the UN-in-a-CGI-dino-suit argued. “Don’t choose extinction. Save your species before it’s too late. It’s time for you humans to stop making excuses and start making changes,”The mammal audience stood for a standing ovation as the message ended.
Many people thought the warning was convincing. Especially when it was delivered in English by Jack Black. However, others used the chance to make some jokes. The video’s humorous message was for some that lizard persons may actually be funny. “real”You either have the power or you plan to overthrow it.
Are lizard-people real? And are they activists against climate change?
— Thought provoking questions (@Whocaresanymo18) October 27, 2021
One is invited to address the UN General Assembly. The next thing you know dinosaurs have taken over the planet. Jeff Goldblum is right. You don’t have to be able to do it, just because you are able doesn’t make you a better person. pic.twitter.com/NeDDRtIskL
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) October 27, 2021
Others found it a good excuse for China-bashing, based on the country’s current contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Or to attack both the UN and China in one package, due to Taiwan’s unrecognized status at the UN.
Does the UN intend to sanction China because of climate change? They are not going to punish the US and Europe. They’re not serious.
— Flurypd (@FluryPD) October 27, 2021
Dinosaurs (Taiwan) : YesRepublic China: NoDevaluation thanks to the video: Yes.
— Alejandro (@AlejandroREok) October 27, 2021
Many found it too simplistic and stupid to convey its message effectively. One snarky commenter said it reminded them of a scene in the 2006 satirical comedy film ‘Idiocracy’, which saw Americans in the distant future believing that good US dinosaurs defeated bad Nazi dinosaurs in the 20th century, which led to the creation of the UN (pronounced ‘un’).
Natural phenomena caused the death of dinosaurs. The rock that struck the earth did not cause it to break apart, so why is this important?
— Salteñosaurio (@salteniosaurio) October 27, 2021
The video’s producers definitely weren’t aiming for any pretense at scientific accuracy with their ‘Frankie the Dino’ protagonist. It is believed that the surprise speaker will be an actor. “70-million-year-old Utahraptor” who doesn’t even have any feathers – which scientists believe the real members of the species likely possessed.
“We wanted to come up with something a little bit different, a little bit engaging, and with a big message that is a message of hope,” UNDP’s communications chief Anjali Kwatra explained to Associated Press. “There is a crisis, we have to act, but we have the solutions. We know what to do and we can do it.”
Achim Steiner, UNDP’s head, acknowledged the complexity of the question of fossil fuel subsidies. “Ending financial support for them in a way that is fair and equitable is a critical element of [the advocated] transition,”He admitted it.
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