Activity Introduction

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 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 this lesson, students will be immersed in, and connect with, the documentary film 2040, focusing on the topics of food security. Students begin this lesson by looking at a range of future foods and thinking about why these foods will be popular in the future before being introduced to the topic of food security and working in pairs to clarify key terms around this topic. Students then work in groups to participate in a jigsaw activity to share their research on key factors relating to food security. They then work collaboratively to develop an idea for ensuring food security for their community into the future and present their ideas to the class.

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 hereThese 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. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students will understand what food security is
  • Students will understand some of the key factors threatening future food security
  • Students will recognise a range of proposed solutions to the potential future food security crisis

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 9 Geography

  • Challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (ACHGK063)
  • The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future global population (ACHGK064)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS070)

Year 10 Geography 

  • Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
  • Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)

Syllabus outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE5-8.

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.3, OI.8, OI.9.

Relevant parts of Year 9 Geography achievement standards: Students predict changes in the characteristics of places over time and identify the possible implications of change for the future. They present findings, arguments and explanations using relevant geographical terminology and digital representations in a range of appropriate communication forms.

Relevant parts of Year 10 Geography achievement standards: Students identify, analyse and explain significant interconnections between people, places and environments and explain changes that result from these interconnections and their consequences. Students present findings, arguments and explanations using relevant geographical terminology and graphic representations and digital technologies in a range of selected and appropriate communication forms.

Topic: Sustainability, Food.

Unit of work: 2040 – Geography – Years 7 to 10

Time required: 60+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and facilitate class discussions.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Future Food Flashcards. Presentation Assessment Rubric. Food Security Factors sheet – Optional.

Keywords: 2040 documentary, food, food security, future, environment.

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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ...

  • ... understand what food security is
  • ... understand some of the key factors threatening future food security
  • ... recognise a range of proposed solutions to the potential future food security crisis

Success criteria: Students can …

  • ... work independently and collaboratively
  • ... participate in group and class discussions
  • ... conduct research
  • ... create a presentation

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 mistrust in the Government's ability or willingness to tackle climate change.

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: How much food will we need in the future?

Population Growth and Food Security

1. Work in pairs to open this website - http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#pastfuture.

Spend some time looking at the data on this site, and record your thoughts in response to the following questions:

Which countries have the largest populations?

How does Australia’s population density compare with other countries?

What is the projected global population for 2040 (the year the documentary is concerned with)?

What other information do you find interesting or surprising on this website?

 

2. Now consider why food security might be a problem for future populations.

The following are a range of factors that may affect food security in the future. Your group will be assigned one number (from 1-4) that correlates with one of the factors:

  1. Consumption patterns - The amounts and types of food we demand will change according to the amount of money people have to spend
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