Activity Introduction


In this lesson, students will be immersed in, and connect with, the documentary film 2040, focusing on the topics of transport and liveability. Students begin by participating in a warm-up activity around their personal transport use before investigating liveability and the factors of liveability that are important to them.


They then participate in a THINK PAIR SHARE routine and a role-play activity to explore transport in terms of liveability and our environment. Students then think about how future transport could be designed to improve liveability.

We’ve taken elements of this lesson and adapted them for remote learning. You can find this activity here.


Learning Intentions

  • Students will understand what liveability is
  • Students will understand how transport affects our environment
  • Students will understand the relationship between transport choices and liveability

Lesson & Curriculum Details

  • Topic: Sustainability, Transport.
  • Unit of work: 2040 – Geography – Years 7 to 10
  • Time required: 60+ mins.
  • Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activities and facilitate class discussions.
  • Keywords: 2040 documentary, transport, environment, liveability, sustainability, renewable energy, fossil fuels, carbon, fuels

To view our Australian Curriculum alignment click here.

To view our NZ Curriculum alignment click here.

Resources Required

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

If you are teaching in either New Zealand or Australia, you can now organise a virtual screening of the film for your class. To enquire about this option, simply email [email protected] and the 2040 team will help you set this up! If you have already bought a DVD of the film and you have a ClickView account, you can email the team for permission to upload the film to your account to make it more easily accessible for your teachers and students.


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

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students grasp ...

  • ... what liveability is.
  • ... how transport affects our environment.
  • ... the relationship between transport choices and liveability.

Success criteria: Students can …

  • ... participate in a role-play activity.
  • ... participate in group and class discussions.
  • ... work collaboratively and independently.

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.

Tackling climate change requires large-scale, systemic changes across a

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: "Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives." - Robin Chase

Transport and Liveability - THINK PAIR SHARE

You will now complete a Think Pair Share activity around the questions in the table below. Begin by recording your responses to these question in Column A of the table below. Once complete, you can team up with a classmate and discuss your ideas, adding new thoughts to Column B.

Question Column A Column B
When thinking about the factors of liveability in your area, did you think of our environment? Why or why not?
What relationship do you think might exist between transport and our environment in terms of liveability?

Thinking Hats Activity

Using the Thinking Hats Profiles sheet, read all of the profiles, then highlight the identity your group has been allocated. Think from the perspective of this person when answering the questions below. All profiles can be either male or female.

Answer questi

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