27.10.2021 – 06:01
United Nations Development Programme
New York (ots/PRNewswire)
A new short film with world stars puts the focus on the climate crisis
In a short film launched today as the centerpiece of the committee’s new “Don’t Choose Extinction” campaign, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) lets a wild, talking dinosaur speak at United Nations headquarters to speak to political leaders to call for more climate protection measures.
The imposing dinosaur storms into the famous General Assembly meeting room, famous for historic speeches by world leaders, explaining to shocked and confused diplomats and high-ranking figures that “it is time people stopped chasing after.” Finding excuses and finally making changes “to cope with the climate crisis.
“We had at least one asteroid,” warns the dinosaur, referring to the popular theory that explains the dinosaurs’ extinction 70 million years ago. “What excuse do you have?”
This very first film to be shot within the UN General Assembly using computer-generated graphics (CGI) features celebrities from around the world who voice the dinosaur in numerous languages, including the actors Jack Black (English), Eiza Gonzalez (Spanish), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish) and Aïssa Maïga (French).
The dinosaur goes on to argue that financial support for fossil fuels through subsidies – tax dollars that help keep the cost of coal, oil and gas low for consumers – is irrational and illogical in the face of climate change.
“Just think about what you could do with this money. People all over the world live in poverty. Don’t you think it would make more sense to help them than … finance the extinction of your entire species?” so the dinosaur.
“The film is fun and exciting, but the issues it addresses couldn’t be more serious,” said Ulrika Modéer, head of UNDP’s external relations and advocacy office. “The UN Secretary-General has called the climate crisis a ‘code red for humanity’. We want the film to be entertaining, but we also want to raise awareness of the seriousness of the situation. The world must step up its climate action if we do want future generations to be able to live safely on our planet. “
UNDP’s “Don’t Choose Extinction” campaign and film aim to put fossil fuel subsidies in the spotlight and how they undo significant advances in combating climate change and promote inequality by helping the rich make even richer.
An UNDP study published as part of the campaign shows that the world spends a whopping $ 423 billion annually subsidizing fossil fuels for consumers – oil, electricity generated by burning other fossil fuels, gas and Coal is produced.
This could cover the cost of COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone in the world, or it could fund three times the amount spent each year around the world to fight extreme poverty.
The campaign and the film are intended to make the sometimes very complex and technical issues related to the subsidization of fossil fuels and the climate emergency more understandable. A large number of actions, in which the public is supposed to participate, aim to educate people around the world and give them a voice.
For more information on the campaign, see www.dontchooseextinction.com
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