Best YouTube Videos & Channels on Climate Change To Watch Now

In need of some viewing inspiration? Here are some of the very best YouTube videos and channels on climate change to watch now.

Climate change is a complex issue. If you are struggling to get your head around the ins and outs of climate change, then you’re not alone. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), around 35% of adults in the UK feel like they don’t know much about climate change.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a climate scholar to understand the issues. A host of science communicators have put together some incredibly useful and accessible YouTube videos on the topic of climate change. From the causes and effects, to why it isn’t straightforward to solve planetary warming. Some videos even cover the problems of climate misinformation – fuelled by both oil companies and the media.

Best YouTube Videos On Climate Change

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Whether it’s for yourself, or if you want to show a climate video to students or for a group talk to help inspire and educate, then you don’t need to look far. Here are some of the very best YouTube videos on climate change that you can watch right now.

Can YOU Fix Climate Change?

Can YOU Fix Climate Change is by Kurzgesagt – a German animation studio specialising in educational videos. This great video explains the complexity of climate change in just 15 minutes. Kurzegesagt is German for ‘in a nutshell’ after all!

With 11 million views in just 8 months, there’s good reason for the video’s popularity. As well as explaining what climate change is, the video also succinctly explains complex issues behind climate change. This includes the historical and geopolitical factors that make taking action on rising carbon emissions tricky. The YouTube video also covers why individual climate action, such as switching to an electric car, won’t solve climate change by itself.

Don’t feel despondent though. The video also presents real, doable solutions. It’s not going to send you into a spiral of climate anxiety. I’ve studied Education for Sustainable Development as far as PhD level and I would say it’s the best climate change video I’ve found. No word of a lie.

Climate Change 101 With Bill Nye

If 15 minutes is too long, and you want a climate change explainer in less than 5 minutes, then this is the best YouTube video for you. In this video for National Geographic, Bill Nye – the US science communicator – explains what climate change is exactly.

Whilst it doesn’t go into such depth as the Kurzgesagt video – such as the issues that make solving climate change difficult – it is a very useful video. Particularly if you are looking to educate your audience first before advancing to other climate change discussion points.

Causes And Effects Of Climate Change

Another quick primer on climate change, this 3-minute video from National Geographic on the causes and effects of climate change is a good watch for beginners. From discussing what causes climate change to discussing what the effects of climate change are, this video outlines the human impact and consequences of climate change on the environment, and our lives, in an accessible manner.

13 Misconceptions About Global Warming

13 Misconceptions About Global Warming by Veritasium is another useful YouTube video to watch to help educate people about climate change. It’s also a useful video for when you come up against climate change deniers.

Debunking the 13 most common misconceptions about global warming, along with sources for the information, this fun yet informative 7-minute video is a must-watch. With over 5.3 million views, the internet agrees!

Who Is Responsible For Climate Change?

Who Is Responsible For Climate Change, again by Kurzgesagt, is another must-watch. This ten-minute video explains the complexities and ethical dilemmas at a Nation-state level when it comes to taking action on climate change. This includes to complexities of working out who needs to do the most to reduce emissions.

My only criticism of this otherwise excellent video is what it omits. It fails to mention that nations such as the US and UK have reduced their own carbon footprints by outsourcing the production of goods to China. Chiefly because labour is considerably cheaper there. As such, China’s emissions are higher because they make many of the West’s consumer goods. This is a really important talking point that should not be overlooked.

If you watch this video in an educational or community setting, then I’d really recommend having this topic as a discussion point.

The History of Climate Change Negotiations In 83 Seconds

Strongly related to the last Kurzgesagt video is this YouTube video on climate change negotiations in 83 seconds by CICERO Klima. This Norwegian climate research institute has put together an incredibly concise video on the problems with getting nation-states to agree to take the necessary climate action. Watch it and understand the problem in less than 2 minutes!

The Biggest Lie About Climate Change

The Biggest Lie About Climate Change by AsapScience is a really interesting YouTube video about misinformation. It explains how Exxon – the oil company – knew in the 1980s about the links between burning fossil fuels and climate change. Rather than looking to innovate and diversify into cleaner forms of energy, Exxon kept this information quiet. Instead, they lobbied Governments and took part in disinformation campaigns to maintain the status quo.

It’s an engaging watch if you want to understand why we’re in the situation we’re in right now.

Climate Change And The Titanic

I first came across this clever YouTube video on a climate change education course I went on. The simple 4-minute animation draws parallels between the decisions taken by the crew of the Titanic, despite repeated warnings from other ships in the area, and world leaders, despite repeated warnings from climate scientists.

Sounds like climate doomism? I promise it’s not. Instead, it’s a clever way to say that if we carry on full steam ahead then we will run into catastrophic problems. If, however, we take action now, we can change course.

A Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate YouTube Video

This statistically representative climate change debate from the Last Week Tonight Show with John Oliver does contain bad language. It’s probably not what you would want to show to school pupils or anyone easily offended! However, this 4-minute comedy video is a really great watch on the colossal failings of the media when it comes to communicating about climate change, and what the media should do to make their reporting more balanced.

Why Humans Are So Bad At Thinking About Climate Change

Finally, this YouTube video by Vox on why are humans so bad at thinking about climate change is another video high on my list. Discussing why the biggest problem in the climate change fight isn’t technology – it’s human psychology, this 10-minute video is incredibly compelling.

M. Sanjayan, a Senior Scientist and Researcher from UCLA and Conservation International, discusses the messaging that turns people off from taking action on climate change. By then looking at proven effective ways to get people to take environmental action, it’s a fascinating watch for anyone looking to encourage their community to take action on climate change.

Have you found any great YouTube videos on climate change? As always, do share in the comments below.

And looking for more inspiration? Do check out my post on the best Ted Talks on climate change. I also have put together my top sustainability quotes, as well as some inspiring climate change speeches.

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How To Clean Your Toilet With Citric Acid To Remove Brown Stains

Does your toilet have brown stains that will not shift? Worry not, here’s how to clean your toilet with citric acid to naturally remove these stains without scrubbing.

Limescale is the bane of my life. This hardened build-up of minerals starts off looking a bit grey. It’s a bit unsightly but you figure you can live with it. It sets like cement, after all, and no amount of scrubbing with a toilet brush will shift it. But then it turns a horrible brown colour, and your toilet looks absolutely filthy even though you clean it frequently.

Reassuringly, that brown colour isn’t dirt. It’s simply mineral deposits in the toilet. This includes minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and lime which slowly turn the limescale brown. Still, it’s unsightly as anything, and no doubt you’re going to want to remove it.

Before you bust out the bleach, know that bleach doesn’t remove limescale. All it does is bleach it white, so it is harder to see. For a really clean toilet, you want to remove that limescale.

How To Remove Brown Stains From Your Toilet

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So how do you remove brown stains from your toilet?

I’ve heard of all sorts of wild ways that people have tried to remove brown limescale deposits. From people emptying cans of Coca Cola down their loo, and cans of WD40, to scrubbing their toilets with pumice stones or sandpaper, to using screwdrivers or chisels. It seems that short of replacing their loo, people will go to almost any length and effort to get rid of these unsightly brown marks.

If only these people knew that you can quickly, cheaply, and easily remove brown stains and limescale deposits from your toilet with citric acid. Simply add some citric acid to your toilet, wait a few hours, and give it a little scrub with a toilet brush for a gleaming finish.

What Is Citric Acid

Citric acid is a naturally occurring acid that is particularly found in lemons and limes. I wouldn’t recommend using lemon to clean limescale from your toilet though. This is because citric acid is much more concentrated than lemon or lime juice. In fact, lemons contain just 1.44 grams of citric acid per ounce of juice. You’d need to use A LOT of lemons to get the same cleaning power as a small amount of citric acid.

As a naturally occurring acid, citric acid contains no harsh chemical compounds or fumes that can be hazardous to your health or the environment. It is safe for use in natural cleaning applications, readily biodegradable in waterways and elsewhere in the environment, and is safe for use in septic tanks too.

In saying that, do see my tips below on using citric acid safely as there are safety considerations you should make when using citric acid.

As well as in natural cleaning, citric acid is also commonly used in the food industry. It’s a common ingredient in both beer brewing and winemaking. It’s used as a preservative, to increase the shelf life of pre-packaged foods. And it’s even used as a food additive to add natural flavour to certain foods.

Citric acid generally comes in the form of a white powder. It’s easily found in stores and online – here’s my full guide on where to buy citric acid for cleaning.

How To Clean Your Toilet With Citric Acid

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To shift those stubborn brown stains and clean your toilet naturally, grab a box of citric acid and get cleaning. Thankfully, there’s no chiselling involved!

Here’s the full how-to:

  1. Pour a full kettle of hot water down the toilet bowl. The water should not be boiling hot as it could crack your toilet. If that happens then you’ve got a bigger problem than just brown stains on your loo!
  2. Add around 125 grams of citric acid to your toilet bowl. It doesn’t have to be an exact amount, so don’t worry about weighing it out.
  3. Leave the citric acid in the toilet bowl, without flushing, for at least one hour. My preferred method is to add the citric acid at night, just before I go to bed, so it can soak off the limescale overnight.
  4. After leaving the solution to soak, flush the toilet, and use your regular toilet cleaner and a toilet brush to scrub at any remaining limescale deposits. These should come away easily without too much effort.
  5. If your toilet is particularly stained, then it may need a second application to remove stubborn limescale deposits.

How Citric Acid Works To Clean Your Toilet Effectively

This method works to clean your toilet, because of a few key points. Firstly, the heat of the hot water helps to loosen the limescale.

Secondly, when it comes to chemical reactions in science, generally, higher temperatures mean faster reaction rates. In this case, the hot water means the citric acid reacts faster with the limescale. You might even see or hear fizzing in the toilet bowl when you add the citric acid – this is a sign of the citric acid reacting with the alkaline limescale.

If you don’t hear or see any fizzing, then don’t worry. This is not a sign that the citric acid is not working. It just may mean that the citric acid is reacting a little more slowly with the limescale. It will still come off after a good soaking or two.

And for the science part, limescale is otherwise known as calcium carbonate. When it reacts with citric acid, it breaks down to form calcium citrate – a soluble salt – that is easy to simply wash away. No sandpapering required!

Safety First

Whilst citric acid seems like a fairly benign substance, there are some safety considerations that you need to make.

Firstly, and very importantly, never mix citric acid with bleach, as this release toxic gases that can be very harmful to your health.

And whilst citric acid is considered a natural cleaning product, it can still have some adverse effects if not handled properly. As a concentrated acid, it can irritate your airways, eyes, and skin. As such you should avoid breathing in any citric acid powder, and wear rubber gloves when handling it. Don’t rub your eyes after handling citric acid, and keep the powder away from children and pets.

You can read more about citric acid, and the dos and don’ts for cleaning with it, in my guide to cleaning with citric acid.

Don’t want to use citric acid? Try my guide to the best eco-friendly toilet cleaners.

Looking for more natural cleaning inspiration? I believe that natural cleaning products, such as citric acid, can be as effective, if not more effective than commercial cleaning products. As such, I’ve got over 25 natural cleaning products to DIY and tons of advice on green cleaning.