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Kristen Bell, Giant Ant


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 1 minute, 11 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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