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  • Independent of the number of students
  • 15 to 30 min
    Up to 3 lecture units
  • English, German

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The Cuckoo In The Socket (Video 30')(Resource ID: 224)

The nuclear energy industry acts like a cuckoo. It deceives the unsuspecting to be fed. In the short animation movie "The cuckoo in the socket", the two characters Sophie and Hugo climb through a power socket and find themselves in the colourful world of electricity generation. On their journey they visit a nuclear power station. Till this moment Hugo did not know a lot about the topics of "Sustainability" and "Renewable Energy". So his clever companion Sophie starts to explain. With a lot of patience she straightens out some of the misinformation and myths about the world of nuclear powered energy. This way, together with Hugo the students can see both sides of the argument, and why - despite very few advantages - the use of atomic energy can never be a sustainable and clean option of energy generation.

This educational resource contains both a short version and a long version of the animated educational film "The Cuckoo in the Socket" (Mov-File), the "film dialogue of Sophie and Hugo" (Cuckoo_Dialogue.pdf), as well as a "Catalogue of questions for students" (Cuckoo_Questions.pdf). You can find all informations on the possible educational application in the "Suggestions for the educational application" (Cuckoo_Suggestions.pdf).

The aim of this teaching resource is the non-commercial, efficient and broad dissemination of the "state of knowledge" of the complex problems of the Nuclear Option of Energy Supply.

On one hand the risks and justifications for non-sustainability of nuclear energy systems are well-established. On the other hand there is a lack of dissemination and propagation of the "state of knowledge" in the population. Austrian politicians, members of the EU-parliament, scientists, research institutions, universities, schools, economy managers, banking institutions, affiliated groups, pedagogues, editorial departments of online- and print media, tv and radio stations and many more can achieve a change to sustainable energy and climate policy, but only if working together. With regards to sustainability, the next generation of politicians, scientists and business managers will have to learn, how to recognize "sustainable energy systems". In the future they will withstand non-sustainable energy supply solutions as a matter of course.

Out of this originated the idea for this film discerningly illustrating the Nuclear Option of Energy Supply with focus on risks and non-sustainability. This 30 minute animation film (3 parts 10 minutes each) is dedicated to increasing awareness, and combines the informative value of a science-based dialogue with a perceivably simplified and likeable visualization. It presents itself as an instrument for the energy and climate policy of a country and facilitates the public discourse about this delicate issue.

The first aim of this animated short film is to support people dedicated to successfully accomplishing a convincing sustainable energy and climate policy, in order to face the political pressure of the nuclear option for energy supply in the EU. The support of a well-informed population is the second aim of this short film, to remove barriers for the change to a sustainable energy and climate policy as claimed by scientists.

The "Institute of Safety and Risk Sciences" of the "University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences" in Vienna composed, in close cooperation with a scientific advisory board, the science-based script to the subject "Nuclear Option of Energy Supply". On this basis text, a communication scientist authored a simplified and pleasing dialogue. This dialogue was then translated into English. Both language versions were tested by pedagogues in view of an appropriate concept, qualitative language, and gender-neutral language. With the contribution of a psychologist and a pedagogue as well as several quality loops, the movie offers several quality standards. As part of the quality control, the storyboard was given to a focus group, which was subsequently tested by a psychologist. The output of the quality test was considered within the finalisation of the film. Hence the suitability of the film as a teaching resource was achieved. A final acceptance test defined the possibilities and constraints of the film as an educational film.


1st part Langversion (10 Min)
2nd part Langversion (10 Min)
3. part Langversion (10 Min)
all versions (German, English, long and short):




Learning Outcomes
Non-sustainability of the Nuclear Option of Energy Provision ("nuclear power")
Relevance for Sustainability
In order to support a modern energy and climate policy with a sustainable background, the access to the state of knowledge about the nuclear option has to be simplified. The non-sustainability and proliferation as well as technological, financial and environmental risks originating in the use of nuclear technology have to be picked out as a central theme. With the help of a well-informed population, today and tomorrow it will be easier to withstand the pressure of nuclear energy solutions and to create more space for sustainable energy systems.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Sustainability criteria
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Related to local challenges / needs
  • Related to global challenges / needs
  • Holistic thinking
  • Systemic thinking
  • Long-term thinking
  • Related to acquiring knowledge
  • Strengthens strategic competence
  • Intergenerational
Preparation Efforts
Sources and Links
1st part Langversion (10 Min)


2nd part Langversion (10 Min)


3. part Langversion (10 Min)


all versions (German, English, long and short):

Funded by
This project is sponsered by the Climate and Energy Fund and accomplished within the Programme "New Energies 2020".

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Kromp Richard


Ri Kromp
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Center for Global Change and Sustainability


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