‘2040’ Offers Climate Change Solutions
Director Damon Gameau imagines what the future could look like by the year 2040 if “we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.”
The new documentary follows the filmmaker’s imagining of a future for his daughter where climate change has been solved. He investigates a number of different factors that are contributing to climate change, finding solutions that can solve this.
Directed by Damon Gameau, an Australian television and film actor, the new documentary is “structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter”, blending traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.
Gameau imagines what the future could look like by the year 2040 if “we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.”
Also included in the film are interviews with academics and activists, as well as dozens of children around the world talking about their hopes for the future.2040 is already a hit in Gameau’s native country.
2040 explores specific solutions for climate change across the globe such as: converting the two-thirds of Los Angeles now used for cars (parking and freeways) as well as skyscraper roof tops, into gardens. Another idea includes decentralizing solar power grids that are not just environmentally beneficial but are safer, less vulnerable to failure or attack, more efficient, and cheaper, making it more democratizing and community-strengthening.
Other ideas include farming both the land and the ocean, computerized dashboards that help individuals track their impacts on natural resources and driverless cars that would transform transportation into a more readily accessible service.
Gameau also offers proof for the effectiveness of some of these solutions, such as the solar power grid in Bangladesh, which has increased efficiency and decreased cost in their power usage greatly.
A book related to the film is also available, entitled “2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration by Damon Gameau”. The Regeneration is a global movement committed to learning about, contributing to, advocating for and investing in regenerative solutions that improve the well-being of the planet, people and all living systems.
For more information on the film, book and how to purchase either one, visit the office website for 2040 here.
2040 premiered in the U.S. on Friday June 5 to celebrate World Environment Day. It’s available online on demand.