Quick summary: 2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW! Director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future would 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.
This teaching resource is designed to guide students through a project where they will consolidate and extend learning from any of the other lessons in the 2040 units; 2040 – Business & Economics, 2040 – Mathematics, 2040 – Geography, 2040 – English, and 2040 – Science.
This teaching resource provides you with multiple lessons worth of material that can be used to immersed students in, and connect with, the positive sustainability messages explored in the documentary film 2040. Students begin by assessing where their community is in terms of the themes of the 2040 documentary. Next, students take inspiration from the solutions presented in 2040, to propose ideas for leading their community to a better future. Students work collaboratively to develop a 2040 vision for their community and present their ideas to the community. Based on feedback from the community, they then work together to design, plan and implement a project from their 2040 community vision. The social action created can be used to engage your school or the wider community. Following project completion, students will celebrate and reflect on the success of their project and their participation in the project.
2040 is only available in cinemas until later in 2019. You can make a group booking for your class at your local cinema during the film’s theatrical release. Find out how to see the film in cinemas here. These lessons have been designed with a media library to support teachers. The Schools Version of the 2040 DVD is now also available for pre-order! School-based screenings can commence from September 1st – pre-order now to ensure that the DVD is delivered to you before the end of August. The Schools Version includes an educational license, allowing you to play it in class as a learning tool or even host on-site screenings for your school community.
- Students will understand that they have a role to play in creating the future they want to see
- Students will understand and plan the processes required for planning and executing an action-based community project
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Content descriptions: This lesson can be used with all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum to extend previous learning in the lessons from all secondary 2040 lessons.
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.7, OI.8, OI.9
Time required: 290+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and facilitate class discussions.
Keywords: 2040 documentary, community, future, 2040 themes, social action.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.
Cool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, The Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.