Activity Introduction


In this lesson, students will explore the relationship between empowering women and girls and addressing climate change. First, students will view a video on the topic to build understanding and generate areas for further investigation.


Then students will participate in a scaffolded role-play, acting as community members to generate targeted solutions to gender inequality. Students will use real-world analytical tools to evaluate their ideas.


Learning Intentions

  • Students understand the relationship between empowering girls and women, and climate change
  • Students understand how to use thinking tools to evaluate claims or ideas

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Learning Through Film. Climate Change. Social Issues. Sustainability.
  • Unit of work: 2040 – English – Years 7 to 10
  • Time required: 85 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate role play and discussion.
  • Keywords: 2040, documentary, film, research, climate change, gender equality, role play, community, women, girls, empowerment.

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.

To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.

Resources Required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class.
  • Devices for students to complete research. 

Accessing the Film

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 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. 

In Australia: Order the Schools Version of the 2040 DVD. The Schools Version includes an educational license and is for Australian primary and secondary schools that wish to utilise the film as a learning tool or host free on-site screenings for the school community.

In New Zealand: Find out how to see the film here. 2040 is currently only available in NZ cinemas and you can make a group booking for your class at your local cinema. The Schools Version of the DVD and BluRay will be released in New Zealand on 7th November 2019. This version includes an educational licence that covers classroom use and on-site screenings for the school community. To pre-order a copy for your school, please email: [email protected].


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 AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.



Teacher Worksheet

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Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand the relationship between empowering girls and women and climate change
  • ... understand the role different community groups can play in creating solutions

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explore multiple aspects of the relationship between empowering women and girls and addressing climate change
  • ... synthesise sources to present their own viewpoint on the topic
  • ... work effectively individually, and in teams, to solve a problem

Teacher content information: A 2018 study by The University of Melbourne on the thoughts and concerns of young people from Generations X and Y found the number one concern across both groups was lack of action around climate change. In particular, "Generation X worries what climate change will mean for their own children, while Generation Y is concerned about the impact on future generations" (The Educator). The report indicates that young people have a serious mist

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What could you do to meet the challenge of climate change?

Climate Change Solutions

What do you think are the TOP FIVE most effective solutions to address climate change? Record them below:







Women, Girls And Climate Change

You will be now watching a clip from the film 2040 that explains more about this topic that explores the topic of women, girls and climate change. Once complete, you will be reflecting on the clip using a SEE THINK WONDER routine. As you watch, pay attention to how you might complete this routine once the clip is complete. 

2040 - Empowering Women and Girls Password: 2040_EDU (

SEE - What did you SEE in this clip? THINK - What does this clip make you THINK about? WONDER - What does this clip make you WONDER? What questions does it leave you with?

The Role of Community

1. Many different community members and groups have a role to play in addressin

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