“Dinosaur” reminds us that the time has come to act for the climate!


The Delhiites had a surprise this weekend. An unusual and rare visitor has made an appearance at India’s famous heritage sites – Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Safdarjung’s Tomb.

“Frankie” the Dino has taken over the heritage sites with a message that we only have one Earth – Don’t choose extinction. The message is a stark reminder that while the dinosaurs went extinct because of an asteroid, we humans are going extinct because of climate change.


Frankie the Dinosaur is the mascot of the United Nations Development Programme’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign, a global campaign to urge humanity to step up climate action. On this World Environment Day, UNDP India brought the campaign to India.

Qutb Minar

A Hindi version of a short film featuring Frankie the Dino was launched at Cyber ​​Hub Gurgaon by Ms. Shoko Noda, UNDP Resident Representative in India, Mr. Shombi Sharp, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Atul Atri, Deputy -Deputy President and Head of Center, DLF CyberHub and DLF Horizon Center. The Hindi voiceover was provided by Prajakta Koli, actor, YouTube artist and content creator who is also the UNDP Youth Climate Champion.

“Climate change is disrupting economies and profoundly affecting people, communities and countries today and even more so tomorrow. By bringing Frankie to India, we want to remind people that now is the time for climate action! We all have a role to play in protecting planet Earth,” said Ms. Shoko Noda, Resident Representative of India.

Safdarjung Tomb

The latest IPCC report stresses that managing climate change will require swift action. It acknowledges that human activity is causing climate change, affecting the oceans, atmosphere, ice and biosphere in “widespread and rapid” ways. He notes that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are responsible for about 1.1°C of warming since 1850 to 1900.

“Frankie traveled back in time to remind us that climate change will have devastating effects on our lives if we don’t act now. But while Frankie and his friends had no choice, we have. The way we live, consume and waste affects the future of our planet. Each of us can be a climate champion and inspire change. Let’s not choose extinction! said Shombi Sharp, UN resident coordinator in India.

Qutb Minar

In the film, “Frankie” the Dino bursts into the iconic United Nations General Assembly Hall, famous for historic speeches by iconic world leaders. Addressing a shocked and bewildered audience of diplomats and dignitaries, Frankie said “it’s time for humans to stop making excuses and start making changes” to tackle the climate crisis.

“At least we had an asteroid,” warns the dinosaur, referring to the popular theory explaining the extinction of the species 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?”

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