Encourage students to harness creativity and innovation, engaging with the world around them to develop positive, action driven solutions. 


Cool Australia has partnered with 2040 to develop a set of 31 lessons to guide teachers 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. 


New Zealand Curriculum

The New Zealand teaching community can now
access 2040 lessons aligned specifically to the
New Zealand curriculum. 

Want to see more lessons NZ aligned?

Email us and let us know which lessons you would
like our
education team to align first. 


Watching the Film Unit

The Watching the Film Unit will help students define and focus on the issues before watching 2040.


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.




Social Action Lessons

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



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 Only

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

2040 is now available in cinemas around New Zealand!
Group bookings for your class can be made via your local cinema. The film will be available on disc and digital platforms later this year.


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.