2040, a documentary exploring a future that could be — a visionary film told in story format written by a father to his four-year-old and future 25-year-old daughter.
Directed by Damon Gameau (of the award winning documentary That Sugar Film), 2040 follows Gameau as he embarks on journey to explore the future. It's a visionary look at what the future could be like if we were to embrace the best solutions already available to us and apply them globally — shifting environmental solutions into the mainstream. The film is an inspiring story of a greener brighter planet for the next generation.
Set in 2019 the film begins with Gameau, along with his wife Zoe and his young daughter Velvet, planting a tree. The timeframe continues to move back and forth from 2019 to 2040, as different subjects and technologies are explored.
"We have everything we need right now to make [a more environmentally friendly future] happen."
The film predominately addresses climate change or as referred to in the film "climate disruption". It talks about the widely held belief that the planet and its climate for thousands of years has always been evolving — "climate change has always been a thing," by confirming this may be the case, however outlining that the main cause for alarm is the rapid rate at which the climate is currently changing.
To break climate change down into simple terms, Gameau heads into his home, illustrating "our house as our planet" but also that the earth is our collective home. Gameau uses household fixtures as examples of how our planet reacts to change — such as the shower head and the water/steam it produces, the fireplace and the carbons emitted.
Gameau travels to several countries to talk to the younger generation, a generation of youth that will be Velvet's peers. He asks the children what type of future they would like to see. It's a refreshing glimpse into future minds, minds that are environmentally aware. Some beautiful statements from youthful minds in the film 2040:
Just be respectful to earth.
I just want the future to be good.
I'd like to see deforestation being stopped.
The film looks at better farming practices, practices that move away from chemical fertilisers to using plants and grazing animals to enrich farmlands. While it does not take a vegan stance, it does reference a future that contains a more plant based diet. A diet that comes from a food source grown in urban locations, or more specifically home grown. The message that "we don't need big agriculture for survival" but rather by giving back to nature will contribute to our survival as a species.
2040 also looks at renewable energy using shared power solar heating sources, a technology that is currently in use in Bangladesh today. The film highlights issues surrounding transportation, and what the future travel would look like with less cars on the road. It shows a future that relies less on car ownership and more on shared transportation. The film explores using parking lots no longer needed for vehicles and instead transformed into green spaces and land used primarily for food generation.
And finally the film heads from the land into the ocean, highlighting marine permaculture as a resource that not only regenerates the oceans but also provides alternative food sources for humans and agriculture.
"Every Problem is a Solution in Disguise"