Encourage students to develop positive, action-driven solutions.

Cool Australia has partnered with 2040 to develop a set of 31 lessons (plus 7 [email protected] lessons) to guide teachers, parents/carers and students through this innovative Australian documentary from Director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film).

The film covers topics such as:

Our units follow the narrative of the film encouraging students to discover information, identify and solve problems, students then make plans to take action.

All lessons contain exclusive clips from 2040 only available to teachers and students. 

Many of these lessons are aligned to the New Zealand Curriculum. If you would like to to see more Email us and let us know which lessons you would like our education team to align first.


Subject Specific Units of Work

Subject Specific Units of Work of work will challenge students to dig deep into the solutions presented in the film.



[email protected] Education Resources

Subject Specific Units of Work of work will challenge students to dig deep into the solutions presented in the film.

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Social Action Resources

Social Action Resources will have students taking what they have learned in previous and engaging others to join The Regeneration. 


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About the Film: Learn, advocate and contribute.

The 2040 journey began with award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film). Motivated by concerns about the planet his 4-year-old daughter would inherit, Damon embarked on a global journey to meet innovators leading the way to a better future. In 2040, Damon speaks to change-makers in the areas of economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, education and sustainability.

2040 is a story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process. It is a positive vision of what ‘could be’, that will give your students hope for the future.

Schools Edition DVD / Blu-Ray Australia and New Zealand

Includes an educational license and optional 2040 handbook to accompany both the film and Cool Australia lessons.

Click here to order the Australian Schools DVD/Blu-Ray and here for the New Zealand DVD/Blu-Ray.

Teachers in Australia and New Zealand can now also organise a virtual screening of the film for your class.

Simply email [email protected] to enquire about this option and our team will help you set this up.

Relevancy & Engagement

The 2040 team interviewed over 100 children aged 6-11 years old from 7 different locations around the world. These children shared their concerns, hopes and ideas for the future they want to inherit. These interviews guided Damon’s journey to discover solutions that could help create that future.

Advocate & Contribute

2040 is sparking a global movement called THE REGENERATION asking students to make plans to take action. The Regeneration is encouraging learning, discovery, analysis and action. Cool Australia are proud to be the exclusive education partner of the film and bring a series of lessons for your classroom.

With Thanks to our Partners

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. Find out how to screen the film here.

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.



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