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‘Don’t Choose Extinction,’ In Viral Video Dinosaur Urges World Leaders At The UN General Assembly Podium

Ahead of COP26, a video of the dinosaur at UN general assembly with a message is drawing attention

‘Don’t Choose Extinction,’ In Viral Video Dinosaur Urges World Leaders At The UN General Assembly Podium
‘Don’t Choose Extinction,’ Dinosaur Urges World Leaders At The UN General Assembly Podium

New Delhi: It is time to act and act now when it comes to climate crisis. And to drive home the urgency and get the world’s attention it is time to do whatever it takes. Even if it means getting an extinct specie to knock some sense into us, humans! The viral video that is currently grabbing eyeballs, shows a dinosaur, who means business walk into the iconic 193-member General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, to firmly pass on a simple message to the august gathering of world leaders and diplomats, “It’s now or never. Don’t choose extinction and save the human species, before it’s too late.”

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The creative video was released by the UN Development Programme, as the centerpiece of the agency’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign. In the video, a dinosaur named Frankie makes a majestic entry, takes the dais and cuts to the point:

Listen up, people. I know a thing or two about extinction. 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!

Highlighting the key message that government backed fossil fuel subsidies must be cut in order to reduce greenhouse emissions and save the planet, the dinosaur sarcastically remarks,

At least we had an asteroid. What’s your excuse? You’re headed for a climate disaster. And yet every year governments spend hundreds of billions of public funds on fossil fuel subsidies.

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He says, “Imagine if we had spent hundreds of billions per year subsidising giant meteorites. That’s what you’re doing right now.”

Doing away with fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy, to drastically cut emissions will also be a key topic at the upcoming COP26, 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in the United Kingdom from October 31 to November 12.

According to the UNDP research released as part of the campaign, the world spends $423 billion annually just to subsidize fossil fuels, 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. Don’t you think that helping them would make more sense than paying for the demise of your entire species? Frankie, the dinosaur tries to reason in the video.

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The video also highlights the opportunity that the COVID-19 pandemic has given the world to make significant changes. “You’ve got a huge opportunity right now, as you rebuild your economies and bounce back from this pandemic. This is humanity’s big chance,” Frankie urged, before ending with the key message for the world and its inhabitants,

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.

Also Read: We Need To Demand Climate Action & Start Leading A More Sustainable Life: Dia Mirza

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India. 

World

26,27,61,966Cases
22,35,18,265Active
3,40,28,506Recovered
52,15,195Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,27,61,966 and 52,15,195 have died; 22,35,18,265 are active cases and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,45,96,776 8,954Cases
99,0231,520Active
3,40,28,506 10,207Recovered
4,69,247 267Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,96,776 confirmed cases including 4,69,247 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,023 and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,35,658 678

11,226 299

64,83,435 942

1,40,997 35

Kerala

51,41,814 4,723

44,314 824

50,57,368 5,370

40,132 177

Karnataka

29,96,148 291

6,445 462

29,51,492 745

38,211 8

Tamil Nadu

27,26,917 720

8,244 47

26,82,192 758

36,481 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,909 184

2,149 47

20,56,318 134

14,442 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,399 12

89 3

16,87,399 8

22,911 1

West Bengal

16,16,083 705

7,731 2

15,88,866 694

19,486 13

Delhi

14,40,934 34

287 2

14,15,549 32

25,098

Odisha

10,49,108 228

2,188 23

10,38,509 203

8,411 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,813 34

318 0

9,92,902 34

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,785 15

193 6

9,45,637 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,475 40

275 13

8,17,108 27

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,170 20

119 7

7,82,523 27

10,528

Haryana

7,71,709 17

163 2

7,61,492 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,223 4

36 3

7,16,524 7

9,663

Telangana

6,75,994 196

3,591 10

6,68,411 184

3,992 2

Assam

6,16,852 144

2,625 30

6,08,124 109

6,103 5

Punjab

6,03,279 21

325 4

5,86,352 22

16,602 3

Jharkhand

3,49,244 12

98 3

3,44,006 9

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,255 28

141 9

3,36,706 19

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,852 171

1,625 1

3,30,751 172

4,476

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,195 102

834 10

2,22,513 91

3,848 1

Goa

1,78,928 38

284 8

1,75,260 30

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,175 365

3,751 54

1,30,927 415

497 4

Puducherry

1,28,924 31

284 12

1,26,768 43

1,872

Manipur

1,25,205 36

649 6

1,22,579 40

1,977 2

Tripura

84,805 14

81 3

83,900 10

824 1

Meghalaya

84,480 19

294 9

82,713 9

1,473 1

Chandigarh

65,465 9

65 7

64,580 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,276 3

35 0

54,961 3

280

Sikkim

32,242 9

124 3

31,715 6

403

Nagaland

32,122 13

133 7

31,293 20

696

Ladakh

21,578 38

276 26

21,088 12

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

24 0

10,319

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,683

6 2

7,548 2

129

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