The Climate Planet film

Using science to inspire change

Through a vibrant mix of pictures, visuals and animations, the Climate Planet film breaks down the basic principles of climate science.

Particularly useful for educational purposes, the film illustrates the interconnectedness between rising temperatures from human activities and the resulting knock-on effects on climate, nature and human well-being.

A chapter guide

The Climate Planet film is a scientific “tour-de-force” in an easily accessible and engaging format. Going back to the very beginnings of the creation of our planet, the film shows how our climate relies on a complex balance. A balance that humans are now effectively upsetting.

1: Creation of Earth

How the solar system was created more than 4 billion years ago.

2: The crust of Earth

Why do we see earthquakes and volcanos? The surface of the Earth is important to life as we know it, but it is not as solid as we might think.

3: Iceages and middle iceages

The Earth has experienced warm and cold periods since the beginning of times. But why do we have these periods and when do they come?

4: The greenhouse effect

To many of us “the greenhouse effect” may sound like a bad thing. But one of the main reasons we can live on this planet is the greenhouse effect. Learn why here.

5: The temperature until 1970

The global temperature is on rise, but did you know that it is a very recent development? Learn how global temperatures started to escalate in the 1970s.

6: The greenhouse gasses

Everybody talks about CO2, but did you know that the atmosphere consists of several greenhouse gasses and that some of the most potent ones come from cows?

7: The temperature until today

The global temperature is at an all-time high and 2020 is turning out to be another record-setting year. But how bad is it really? Have a look here.

8: El Niño

There are important natural variations in the climate system, and we can expect more of them with a warmer climate. One of those is El Niño, which is explained here.

9: More rain and wind

There are many consequences from a changing climate. Among those are heavier and more frequent precipitation, which has consequences for agriculture and our food system.

10: Ice is melting

We all know that higher temperatures leads to more snow and ice melting. But how will this impact life around the poles and what is the potential bounce-back effect on the global weather systems?

11: The oceans

Life in the oceans give food to millions of people. We need healthy oceans, but that is presently not the case. Learn why here.

12: The tropics

The tropics are a valuable part of the Earth. Here, life is highly dependent on a stable climate.

13: Consequences in Europe

The physical impacts of climate change are not limited to small island states in exotic places. The European mainland is already experiencing changes that require countries to adapt.

14: UN and the climate

Climate change is a global problem which requires a global solution. Learn more about the institutions we have the in place, and why UN is the most important player.

15: The Paris Agreement

Hope for the future increased in 2015, when the COP 21 was negotiated in Paris. It was a good start, but we now know that more is needed. Learn more here.

16: Hope for the future

Political and technological developments are on the rise, but we all have to make changes in our life to help stabilize human impacts on climate over the coming decades. If we succeed, we can have a bright future for coming generations.

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Watch the Climate Planet film!

Knowledge and education are important tools in mobilizing young people all over the world to change the course of their future. With the Climate Planet film, teachers and students can now access the basic principles of climate science in an easily digestible and engaging format.

Sources and additional resources

Politicians have different views on the urgency of the climate crisis. Scientists do not. Climate change caused by human activity is a scientific fact and the consequences from inaction are catastrophic. 

It is those scientific facts – not the political debate – that form the basis of the Climate Planet film which draws on historic data, projections, and visuals from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and other globally renowned public science institutions like NOAA in USA and Copernicus in Europe.