Activity Introduction


In this lesson, students will view excerpts from 2040 then access and evaluate statistical reports in the media and other places about sustainable transport of the future, and they will use the data to construct scatter plots, make comparisons and draw conclusions.


Learning Intentions

  • Students will be able to investigate statistics and examine their meaning/relevance
  • Students will be able to construct scatter plots and examine and comment upon the relationships between variables

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Learning Through Film, Sustainability, Climate Change
  • Unit of work: 2040 – Mathematics – Years 7 to 10
  • Time required: 180 mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding:  Medium-High (Facilitation of class discussion, guidance for a research project, instructing, guiding and assisting with manipulating statistical data.)
  • Keywords: Climate change, scatterplots, emissions, transport, statistics.

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.

To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.

Resources Required

  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.
  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class.
  • Enough internet-enabled devices for paired research.
  • A3 sheet of paper (1 per 3-4 students). Rulers.
  • Several lengths of string or cotton (optional). 
  • Scatterplot Factsheet – to project for the class or one copy per two students. 
  • Climate Change Factsheet – to project for the class or one copy per two students (optional).

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...

  • ... be able to investigate statistics and examine their meaning/relevance
  • ... be able to construct scatter plots and examine and comment upon the relationships between variables

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... construct scatter plots from data tables
  • ... examine scatter plots and comment upon the relationships between variables
  • ... create a visual product that uses statistics and scatter plots to persuade an audience to change their behaviour

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 mi

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: What will transport emissions be like in the future?

1. View this 2040 clip on Transport.

2040 - Car of the Future Password 2040_EDU (

While you’re watching, complete the table below.

SEE – What did you see as you watched this video?

HEAR – What did you hear the narrator talk about in the video?

WONDER – What questions arose as you watched?

2. Consider all the people in your household. Fill in the table below to indicate how they get to work, school or other duties during the day.

Family member (e.g. brother) Destination (e.g. work, university) Mode of transport (walk, ride, public transport - what type, car (individual or shared)

3. Go to the Australian Greenhouse Gas Calculator (

  • Enter the appropriate information about your household on the Tell us about your
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