Don’t Choose Extinction – UNDP | United Nations | Jack Black | Climate Action

The world spends an astounding US$423 billion annually to subsidize fossil fuels for consumers – oil, electricity that is generated by the burning of other fossil fuels, gas, and coal. This is four times the amount being called for to help poor countries tackle the climate crisis, one of the sticking points ahead of the COP26 global climate conference next week, according to new UN Development Programme (UNDP) research.

The amount spent directly on these subsidies could pay for COVID-19 vaccinations for every person in the world, or pay for three times the annual amount needed to eradicate global extreme poverty. When indirect costs, including costs to the environment, are factored into these subsidies, the figure rises to almost US$6 trillion, according to data published recently by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Instead, UNDP’s analysis highlights that these funds, paid for by taxpayers, end up deepening inequality and impeding action on climate change.

The main contributor to the climate emergency is the energy sector which accounts for 73 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel subsidy reforms would contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and benefit human health and well-being, and they are a first step towards correctly pricing energy – one that reflects the ‘true’ and full cost of using fossil fuels to society and the environment.

But UNDP’s analysis shows that fossil fuel subsidy reforms can also be unfair and harmful for households and society if they are poorly designed. While fossil fuel subsidies tend to be an unequalising tool – as the lion’s share of the benefits concentrate among the rich – these subsidies also represent an important portion of poor peoples’ incomes that otherwise must be paid for energy consumption. Fossil fuel subsidies’ removal thus could easily become an income- and energy-impoverishing strategy. This contributes to making fossil fuels reform difficult, and imposes a key barrier to transitioning to clean and renewable energy sources.

The Don’t Choose Extinction campaign features a collective intelligence platform, the Global Mindpool, to help tackle the most important issues of our time. Linking insights from around the world – on the climate emergency, the crisis in nature and inequality – the Global Mindpool will support UNDP to better inform and equip policy makers in government, civil society, and the private sector.

For more information on the ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign, visit

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  1. 98% chance i fathered all here, with tha gun! Drill I am the toughest here as my job is to sweep natural time. I am so old I am required to always have an all here life support system through wrong; all powerful. Tome of all creation. This loom LoomS. Right to pin down and immunize.
    the supreme being

  2. A Dinosaur with American accent walked into the stage, expressing their concerns on your poor Black species and it’s almost believable distinction to the UN.

  3. The Next UNION, a utopian reality, (that shall be a REALITY soon)
    by Sohail Choudhury

    After this Russia Ukraine war, which is turning into the last World War, this planet earth shall completely divide INTO two parts….
    An American European unity, another Asia & Euro-Asian unity….
    We shall not interfere into YOUR affairs, nor YOU shall be allowed to interfere into OUR affairs…
    There will be NO common UNO, no WORLD BANK no IMF & WHO…? (who are they to dictate our lives) we shall have our own IMF WORLD BANK UNO, organisation alike, you already have YOURS….
    We shall visit YOUR PART, if at all, as visitors, YOU may come to visit us IF YOU WILL….!!!
    The ones that are CRAZY to eat McDonald's shall either be allowed to enjoy or annihilated to go end enjoy, if THEY can, if they have so much of LOVE for those stuffs….!!! But many people want to see HUMMINGBIRD..? it shall be created & left in a jungle somewhere in Asia which resembles "American Forests" we NOW can create, you kept us Intoxicated for years together, you made us forget we are HUMAN, equal to you, or maybe FAST DOER…!!!
    Africa may have their VERY own unity, OR they may either JOIN us, or may CHOOSE on their own….!!!
    This is a horribly frightening REALITY…!?
    Be it for YOU or for SOME of us, but it's going to HAPPEN….!!!

  4. This is complete nonsense. If you cancel fossil fuels, theese children you show will be even poorer and most importantly, there will be far more childern like that in poverty. People's starting point is poverty and they will get rich thanks to fossil fuels, capitalism, businesses, free market and other thinks. You do not know even the basics of economics. You just spread lies. You are just hatefull parasites who really threaten others so also this planet with your activities.

  5. Макрон должен отдать Францию для России, и макароны тоже отдать России.
    Украина должна принять закон на конституционном уровне об физическом уничтожении граждан России на територии Украины, а также всех бывших и действующих власть имущих бандитов и коррумпированных работников правоохранительных органов Украины!!!!

  6. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
    Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. (Psalms 51:1-4)

  7. So irresponsible. Global warming has changed and will change climates in a way that have and will drive species to extinction. This does of course not include humans. Where does the IPCC reports say humans are at risk of extinction?

  8. My brother in christ you are the UN. What billions of dollars am i spending on subsidies, i have maybe 30 in my checking. Preaching to the wrong choir my friend

  9. So if this utahraptor is so smart, why didnt he patronize the UN during founding years, when there was still something left to save? And eat the non-comlilants?

  10. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

    courage to change the things I can,

    and wisdom to know the difference."
    I am not worried about climate change even the slightest little bit. The Bible says Jesus is coming back and He will rule THIS earth for 1000 years. The earth isn't going anywhere.

  11. There are 'Mad Scientists" that believe gasoline and fossil fuels are going to make life on earth extinct. The crazy thing is a large percentage of people believe them.
    Their solution is for us to declare war on gasoline and fossil fuels and go back and ride horses and plow fields with mules and live like the Omish.
    Their plan of electric vehicles is not scientifically feasible. We can't even run our air conditioners in the peak summer months on our current power grid without a power black-out.
    How can we charge 280 million electric vehicles? The infrastructure does not yet exist to support Biden's plan. Biden is trying to rush science. You can't rush science.

  12. Hope all of those multimillionaires and billionaires buying beach house properties and talking about climate change know their investments will go bye, bye. They probably should buy insurance. Wait, I don't think there's many or perhaps even a single insurance company that has that covered, is there? Weird.

  13. Addressed to
    United Nations member countries

    We, the Free People, by whose labors all the goods of this World are made, whose Rights to Life and Liberty are inalienable, whose bodies are untouchable, being the source of Power and acting consciously,
    DECLARE that the activities of the World Health Organization (WHO) constitute a threat to all countries of the World, without exception, and to each and every Human being;
    We STATE that by taking advantage of the trust of the People and of the powers vested in it by the United Nations, WHO, under the guise of so-called "pandemics", is organizing world disasters;
    We IMPEACH WHO for seeking to create conditions in our World in which People will not be able to enjoy their Rights, including the Right to Life. WHO calls it Transformation. We call it a crime against Humanity;
    We STATE that WHO is acting for the benefit of a small circle of its private investors. All the endless talk about the good of nations is a hoax;
    We IMPEACH WHO for preparing coups d'état in all its member countries. The operation is being conducted under the guise of adopting a so-called "pandemic treaty". The outcome of the operation was supposed to be the renunciation of sovereignty by every country that signed the document.
    We EXPRESS our WILL,
    1. The World Health Organization is stripped of its status as a "specialized agency of the United Nations".
    2. The Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies ceases to be applicable to WHO. Immunity and privileges are forfeited to all WHO staff members, current and former, without exception.
    3. WHO officials are liable to judicial accountability for words spoken or written and for all actions taken in their official capacity.
    4. All WHO staff, including those who have escaped judicial sanction, are subject to lustration.
    5. The WHO archives are published in their entirety. All encrypted documents are decrypted and made public. All WHO staff correspondence is made public.
    6. A Victims' Reparation Fund is established. All WHO funds, as well as the gold and currency in its possession, are placed at the disposal of this Fund.
    7. Without exception, all documents adopted by WHO are legally void and not subject to execution..
    8. In the event that governments continue to carry out the will of WHO, they become illegitimate, and the Peoples, in fulfilment of their duty, are obliged to establish new governments. Peoples exercise their inalienable right to defend their Lives, the Lives of their Immediate Family, and the sovereignty of their countries, by any means necessary and appropriate to do so.

  14. the temperature of the planet has been changing since the day it was made. volcanoes put out more co2 then humans but you can't tax a volcano can you. just another one of many ways we are trying to be deceived!!

  15. This is an ad bought by the UN that's pleading with the UN. Why? Because they want the people to demand action from them so they can justify grabbing as much power as possible. It's called a psy-op.

  16. the Security Council should ensure membership for the republics of Asia, the Ural, Siberia, Northeast by inviting them to a UN, OCSE meeting
    совету безопасности обеспечить членство для республик Азии, Урала, Сибири, Д-Востока пригласив на заседание ООН, ОБСЕ

  17. I was kinda on the fence before now but when it's coming out of a photo-realistic taking dinosaur, voiced by the school of rock guy, guess I have no choice but to get in the pod and eat the bugs… At least all my favorite celebrities and influencers can jet set around to all our new UN Nature Preserves, while we watch them on TikTok from our brave new Mega-regions.

  18. Yeah sure, let's jump on the big endorsement when the average American, and subsequently the average human can afford an electric car , pay the electric bills, etc…. So far I haven't been presented with a viable solution

  19. Barbaric, hostile authoritarian groups are misusing Veto Power in UN; threatening the world, invading and bullying weaker nations resulting environmental degradation, climate change, food shortages, poverty, hunger, conflicts, disasters, wars, corruption, economic crises, bankruptcy, deaths across the world. Those dirty groups are like greedy, cruel dinosaurs need to be extinct from United Nations and the World if people want Peaceful World with Justice and Humanity.

  20. Why isn't this dinosaur speaking in the security council and forcing a vote? The general assembly agreements are not enforcing nor backed by miltary power. Only the security council's vote can be enforced.

  21. This is how corrupt UN has become.

    They stage a dinosaur to look like and say what they want.

    Foolishly, they sit in front of it, listen and clap for it.

    The image is made by their hands, the words and the stage are also theirs.

    It's themselves telling themselves

  22. I desperately need help, can anyone help me. They've put a fort on me like kept me bound and stuck. I'm not religious. They've done this illegally. I've not done anything to cause this. They are torturing me mainly in the spirit. I'm also going through ascension so they are opposing which isn't good. I am light.

    I'm in the UK. I've got in touch with government they aren't doing anything, not even responded.

    I've figured out what extinction is.

  23. Parabéns pelo trabalho hoje e o dia internacional da caridade homenagem a madre Tereza de Calcutá embora que hoje usa esse motivo para si e benefício próprio e não para o outro. que Deus/Ala abençoe.


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