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In this inspiring vision of the future, That Sugar Film director Damon Gameau travels the world in search of technologies and practices that will reduce our dependence on carbon, pull people out of poverty and help create a better 2040. 

What’s your 2040? Global warming, sea level rise, civil unrest, marine degradation – or a world that’s healthier and fairer than the one we live in today? In an exercise in ‘fact-based dreaming’ Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) travels the world in search of a better 2040.

His journey takes us from regenerative farming practices in rural Australia to a Bangladeshi village powered by distributed solar home systems; from marine permaculture experiments in Woods Hole, USA, to an on-demand autonomous electric vehicle in New York City. 

Guided by expert commentary from the likes of Kate Raworth, author of Doughnut Economics, and Paul Hawken, founder of Project Drawdown, he zooms forward two decades to see how these technologies and practices could improve energy, transport, food production and more to create a better 2040.  
Along with some cheesy humour, mostly at Gameau’s expense, the film delivers surprises, revelations and an inspiring vision of the future. As Gameau says, “we have everything we need right now to make it happen”.

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2040 - Official Trailer

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