Learn, advocate and contribute. 

2040 is a new Australian documentary by Director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) that has been taking the box office by storm. As a result, 2040 is sparking a global movement called THE REGENERATION. 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.



About 2040


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.




Relevancy and 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. 2040 also features members of the local communities who are pioneering or have embraced the solutions. 

Discovery, problem solving and planning.

The film covers topics such as marine permaculture, energy, agriculture, transport and educating girls.

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






2040 Schools DVD.


21st Century Skills

Problem Solving Problem Finding Creative Thinking Critical Thinking Global Citizenship Team Work Initiative Community Engagement Communicating LeadershipSocial Skills


Cross-curriculum Priorities in the Australian Curriculum

Cross Curriculum Priorities- Sustainability




Getting Started

Cool Australia has partnered with 2040 to develop lessons to help your class get the most out of watching the film.  The Watching the Film Unit will help students define and focus on the issues before watching 2040. Then, the Subject Specific Units of Work of work will challenge students to dig deep into the solutions presented in the film. The Social Action Lessons will have students taking what they have learned in previous lessons and engaging others to join The Regeneration. 

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


Watching the Film Unit

Subject Specific Units of Work


Social Action Lessons