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Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Videos, 10 minutes, 6 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus



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Is It Too Late to Stop Climate Change? Well, It's Complicated.

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  • This video from Kurzgesagt evaluates the causes of our increasing global carbon footprint, using graphs and real-world examples to discuss each factor in-depth.
  • Population size and economic growth are identified as factors that can increase carbon emissions, while energy intensity and emissions per energy unit produced may help decrease carbon emissions.
  • This video clearly states the need to stop using fossil fuels as soon as possible. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video uses animation to make complicated topics more easy to understand.
  • The science and the social elements of climate change are discussed, along with potential solutions. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the metric system and graphs. 
  • Some economic concepts are discussed, so students should be familiar with what subsidies, incentives, and return on investment mean. 
  • There are advertisements before and/or during the video.


Scientist Notes
The resource underscores the importance of coal divestment and transition to a carbon-free world using technology and innovation. It considers the need to reduce carbon footprints through consuming energy from efficient and renewable sources. Datasets and sources are credible and accurate, thus, the resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • Social Studies
    • Economics
      • SS.Econ1.a.m Predict the opportunity costs of various decisions and explain why the opportunity cost might differ from person to person or in different situations. Assess how limited resources (e.g., money, land, natural resources, workers, time) impact the choices of individuals, households, communities, businesses, and countries.
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