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Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell


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


Social Studies, History

Resource Type

  • Videos, 10 minutes, 35 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus



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Who Is Responsible For Climate Change? – Who Needs To Fix It?

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  • This animated video details the historic emissions of carbon by country and current emissions detailed in a variety of different ways, including by country, per capita, income level, and developed versus developing.   
  • It highlights the difficulties in getting global cooperation on reducing carbon emissions when some countries have contributed more to the problem than others and everyone is doing some finger-pointing.
  • It presents solutions for the global community and indicates that all countries must do more to prevent catastrophic climate shifts that will affect everyone.
  • The video utilizes many graphs and maps and draws many comparisons that could be useful in addressing a variety of questions.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource provides a visually interesting and informative medium to learn about current and historical carbon emissions, as well as the challenges the world faces in gaining adequate cooperation from all countries to address climate change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some basic geography knowledge and be familiar with the topics of climate change and carbon emissions.


  • This resource has many cross-curricular opportunities, is rich in data, and is short enough to include in a number of lesson plans or assignments.
Scientist Notes
This video shows historical emissions of CO2 from big polluters in relation to increasing population and demand for energy and high standard of living. This resource is suitable to provide insights to students to understand baseline and actual global emission and proffer solutions to a net zero emission target. The resource and data output is accurate and recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.11.9-12 Evaluate how economic globalization and the expanding use of scarce resources contribute to conflict and cooperation within and among countries.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.1.6-8 Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.
      • D2.His.1.9-12 Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.
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    • This video is fantastic! Most of my high school students were unaware of the concept of per capita emissions. They were shocked at the levels of global inequality. Kurzgesagt's beautiful animation really brings this concept to life.
      2 years ago