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Because IPCC! [Video]

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  • This video presents a read aloud of a graphic novel, which tells the history of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • The graphic novel reviews how the IPCC formed, how it works, and what kind of topics it assesses. 
  • It also describes concepts such as the scientific method and the peer-review process and examines why taking action against climate change is important.
Teaching Tips


  • This graphic novel read-aloud helps students answer the question: "How can we be so sure about what we know about climate change?"
  • It provides a detailed summary of the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a student-friendly format.
  • The video uses several voice actors, making it easy to recognize which character is speaking.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with climate change and its impacts.


  • Some students may need more scaffolded support when interacting with this video. This video can be used as an audiobook for students to use as they follow along using this pdf of the graphic novel.
  • Science teachers could pair this graphic novel with the 2018 IPCC report and analyze the data with their students.
  • Other resources on this topic include this IPCC video that summarizes the findings of the 2018 report and this activity on creating climate policies.
Scientist Notes
This video demonstrates the contributions of the IPCC in providing up-to-date climate science reports. It also elaborates on the latest knowledge, findings, and ways that the IPCC produces climate information for governments to avoid global climate crises and potential climate risks. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-5 Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.1.9-12 Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of local, state, tribal, national, and international civic and political institutions.
      • D2.Civ.11.9-12 Evaluate multiple procedures for making governmental decisions at the local, state, national, and international levels in terms of the civic purposes achieved.
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.15.6-8 Evaluate the relative influence of various causes of events and developments in the past.
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.1.9-12 Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.9-12 Use disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses to understand the characteristics and causes of local, regional, and global problems; instances of such problems in multiple contexts; and challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address these problems over time and place.
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