2040: a documentary imagines what the world could look like

A very special film came out a year ago – and is still resonating:

2040 Documentary | Join the Regeneration

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Here’s an interview with the director:

A Vision Of The World In 2040 – BBC Click – YouTube

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And here’s a piece from The Alternative UK online magazine:

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New documentary “2040” uses digital special effects to show a better, more climate-balanced world

We’re intrigued by this coming documentary from Australia – a country that’s completely on the front-line of environmental crisis. Their website is here, their trailer is above, their blurb is below:

2040 is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW! Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) 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.

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

We’ve been hoping that CGI and digital special effects would be put at the service of sustainability politics – here it is. There’s also a Handbook for the Regeneration, blurb below:

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.‘ Buckminster Fuller

Like most of us, Damon Gameau has spent most of his adult years overwhelmed into inaction by the problem of climate change and its devastating effects on the planet. But when Damon became a father, he knew he couldn’t continue to look away.

So he decided to do what he does best, and tell a story. And the story became an imagining of what the world could look like in 2040, if we all decided to start doing things differently, right now. 

The result is the era-defining documentary 2040 – a meticulously researched plea for the adoption of community-building, energy-generating, forest-renewing, ocean-replenishing measures that science tells us will reset our planet’s health, drive our economies and improve lives across the globe.

2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration shows us how we can stitch this magnificent vision into everyday life by engaging in activities such as cooking, shopping, gardening, sharing, working and teaching our kids.

It shows us that climate change is a practical problem that can be tackled by each of us, one small step at a time, and that we can make a genuine difference – if we know what to do. 

Brimming with practical wisdom and even 50 delicious recipes, 2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration empowers you to become the change you want to see in the world.

More here. Note: We have covered cli-fi and solar punk on the site before.

New documentary “2040” uses digital special effects to show a better, more climate-balanced world — THE ALTERNATIVE UK