In a First “Dinosaur” Delivers Speech at the UN Urging the World not to Choose “Extinction”

A fierce and chatty dinosaur bursts into the historic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, in a first for the United Nations, with a particular message for those diplomats who still believe climate action is for the birds. 

The prehistoric carnivore warns, “At least we had an asteroid,” referring to the common notion explaining dinosaur extinction 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?” 

Of course, this isn’t a scenario from real life; it’s a crucial computer-generated sequence from the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) new short film, which debuted on Tuesday as the centerpiece of the agency’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign. 

The dinosaur then advises the confused diplomats in the audience that “it’s time humans stopped making excuses and started making changes” in order to address the climate crisis. 

It’s the first-ever film filmed entirely with computer-generated imagery (CGI) within the United Nations General Assembly Hall, and it stars Eiza González (Spanish), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), and Assa Maga (Italian) as the dinosaur’s voices (French). 

According to UNDP analysis released as part of the campaign, the world spends $423 billion yearly on fossil fuel subsidies, which is enough to cover a COVID-19 vaccination for every person on the planet, or three times the annual amount required to erase global extreme poverty.