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Why Is 1.5 Degrees Such a Big Deal?

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  • In this video, narrator Kristen Bell explains how a small increase in global temperature will have enormous impacts on Earth.
  • This animated video is a great introduction for students who may have misconceptions or a limited understanding of climate change. 
Teaching Tips


  • The video is brief and uses animation to make its message easy for many audiences to understand.
  • The video is a helpful introduction to those who have misconceptions about global warming.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may want to review the link provided in the "learn more" section to share with students.
  • The video does not mention why we arrived at the number 1.5 degrees celsius as significant. Consider speaking with students about the significance of this number before viewing the video.


  • Subtitles are provided and a transcript is available in 33 languages.
  • Teachers can pair this video with this interactive book chapter about the causes and effects of global warming, this video about the basics of the carbon cycle, or this video explaining the difference between weather and climate (another common misconception).
Scientist Notes
The video describes the impact of climate change on glaciers and other physical features of the Earth. It presents how sea level rises and how Ocean temperatures are warming, causing increased and more severe storms. It explains that the effects are mostly impacting more vulnerable communities. Although there is not much science, the resource is suitable for climate activism.
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    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • 7.ESS3.2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
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