Review: 2040 Documentary

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Marney of Marney’s Wholefood Kitchen and Jayvid Permaculture recently watched 2040 with the women in her family, and shared with us her thoughts.

It is so hard to have hope for a positive future right now. So many of us are feeling extreme disappointment that we have just re-elected a political party that doesn’t care about the environment. We’re constantly hearing about our planet being in a state of climate emergency, about carbon emissions, deforestation, marine loss, plastic oceans, peak oil, coal and mining and it is depressing. HOW are we supposed to feel optimistic about our future, when all we hear is how sad the state of the world we live in is?

Today, I watched Damon Gameau’s new movie 2040 with my daughter and my mother-in-law. For the first time, in a long time I am feeling truly inspired.  This movie is a love letter from a father to his 4 year old daughter showing her what his dream is for her world in the year 2040 when she will be 25 years old.

The premise of this film is that he will positively show her (and us viewers) what the world can look like using only technology that is available on Earth in 2019, if we start today. He calls his vision ‘fact based dreaming’, and wants to show that our current technologies can be the solution to our Earth’s problems. The result is truly beautiful.

Some of the areas he addresses in the film are our energy crisis and our dependence on coal, deforestation and biodiversity loss, food & farming, cars and transport, marine ecosystem loss, and women’s education in the developing world, and population growth. In each of these areas he looks at in the movie, he shows the current problem and how we can change it, then he shows what the world can look like if we make these changes today. 

Damon travels the world in the making of this movie, interviewing many children from across the globe. He asks them what they want for their future, and the world they want to live in.  Hearing the responses filled me with so much hope for the next generation. All they want what so many of us want for the world, clean air, clean water, clean food and happiness. It doesn’t matter where they came from, basically they just wanted to live on a healthy planet living happy, healthy lives. What more can we wish for them, but that?  Oh and there was that one kid who wanted to invent rocket powered boots to help with the energy crisis – and she wanted to invent them. She was pretty damn awesome.

The most important thing I took from this movie, is that nobody is going to save us. We need to save ourselves. Right now. The government probably aren’t going to do much to help us get out of this crisis, especially with mining magnates and Big Media in their pockets. The way out of this crisis is with people power.  We can start by making small changes in our own homes, and before long, the changes have been extrapolated out in the homes of friends, family and neighbors. Sustainable changes become the new normal. Communities and towns embrace these changes, then cities, countries and the world.   Before you know it, we have created a sustainable future for our kids, and their kids. People Power is the way forward

I don’t want to say too much about this movie and spoil it for you all but I want you to see it. I want you to take your mothers, your kids, your neighbour or your best friend.  I want you to take people with young kids who are feeling overwhelmed with the state of the world their kids will inherit. Take someone who thinks there is a dark future ahead of us. Because there is hope. But we need to work together to start the revolution of change that will not only save this planet – but will regenerate it.