Resources for the 2040 Movie Community Screening


Welcome to the resource page for the 2040 movie.  If you have any questions about the content on programs referenced on this page, please e-mail Scott Henson at

If you have not yet seen the movie, please find it here:

For those interested in hosting your own screening in your community, please fill out this short form for the Together Films team (the team responsible for the distribution of the film).   You can also send mail to: and let them know the details of your planned screening.

The 2040 movie asks us to consider this question:

What would the future look like if we simply embraced the solutions that already exist today?”

This site is here to help you to explore solutions from the movie and more which create a better future for people and all of life on the planet.


Engage and Learn More:

    • Climate Justice & The Episcopal Church (PDF). Podcasts, books, movies, websites and so much more for you and your congregation. A great list of resources to dive in further and learn more.
    • Awakening the Dreamer. Attend a free online workshop to take an honest look at the challenging state of the world, reflect, and discover opportunities to create a new future where you have a key role to play.
    • Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Project Drawdown.  Through videos and group activities, you will learn about a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming from Project Drawdown—a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that together, could actually reverse global warming by 2050. These solutions encompass the energy we use, the food we eat, and the cities we live in. By the end you will see the vital role you can play in the movement to reverse global warming.
    • The Game Changer Intensive.  The Game Changer Intensive is a unique online course that will inspire you and equip you to become a game-changing leader in the world. Over an eight-week period, Intensive participants delve into a wealth of carefully-curated resources—videos, readings, and activities—delivered on a platform that allows you to explore the course content on your own schedule and interact with others in lively online discussions. You can also participate in weekly conversations with a small group of learning partners and join in web gatherings with all participants at the beginning and end of the course.
    • Introduction to People of Faith Presentation . From November 8th, 2020, this is an introduction to Project Drawdown, the four levels of action, and examples of getting into action from local congregations. PLEASE NOTE: The Zoom recording is here, the audio only is here, and the text chat is here. All files (presentations, handouts, videos, etc.) can be downloaded here.
    • Recommended Podcasts.  Drawdown Seattle has created a page full of highly educational and engaging podcasts from all aspects of the climate crisis.  If you have one that is a favorite, please let us know and we will add it to the list!


Key Resources from the Movie:

    • This is a perfect place to start as it ties directly to the movie and the solutions found in it.  Lots to explore here!  You can also start your own personalized action plan as well.  While there are links on the site, you can also find the 2040 team on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  You can find the list of solutions highlighted in the movie here and “Action Partners” (organizations focused on solutions) here,
    • YouTube Channel. On this channel are lots of videos from the movie, that complement the movie by going deeper and the first wave of discussions that happened after the movie was shown in Australia and other countries in 2019.  There is an excellent series of discussions called “Towards 2040 | A Conversation Series” on a whole host of issues including staying motivated, self-care, waste, food, gender, and many more.
    • Doughnut Economics.  Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.  She is featured throughout the movie 2040. Here are some resources to her work:
    • Environmental Dashboard.  Featured in the movie, the Environmental Dashboard, is a tool designed to give Oberlin students and the community feedback on their consumption of resources.  The Dashboard measures electricity and water consumption in schools, businesses, public facilities, and homes and translates this data into real-time animations displayed on LCD screens around campus. The dashboards are designed to engage, educate, motivate, and empower building occupants to make informed choices that conserve resources.  More on bringing environmental dashboards to your community can be found here.
    • Movie Discussion Panels.  When the movie premiered in the United States in June, 2020, Damon hosted a series of Q&A sessions with experts across a wide variety of topics and disciplines.  Below are the recordings of most of these.  PLEASE NOTE:  These videos start with the audio muted to begin with so you will need to unmute them (the icon to click is in the lower right of the video).
      • US Premier Q&A. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions that exist today. Join director Damon Gameau, visionary environmentalist Paul Hawken, preeminent economist Kate Raworth, energy access specialist Neel Tamhane, and host journalist Kate Aronoff (The New Republic), discussing this message of hope for our planet.
      • Seaweed and Ocean Generation. Join us for a truly inspirational Q&A with director Damon Gameau, Dr. Brian von Herzen (The Climate Foundation), environmental innovator Brad Ack (The Ocean Climate Trust), and CEO Jo Kelly (Australian Seaweed Institute) exploring the power of marine permaculture, and celebrating nature’s secret climate warrior: seaweed!
      • The Importance of Hope.  An inspiring conversation with director Damon Gameau, journalist Eric Holthaus, and psychosocial researcher Renée Lertzman for a truly inspirational Q&A, discussing why we need hope for the future, to build a better world for all.
      • Climate Change in Black and White.  A conversation with director Damon Gameau, award-winning journalist Amy Westervelt, and acclaimed essayist Mary Annaise Heglar for a truly inspirational Q&A, discussing 2040 and the importance of intersectionality and inclusion in climate justice.
      • The Power of Youth Voices.  A conversation with director Damon Gameau, climate justice activist Xiye Bastida (The Re-Earth Initiative), climate activist Alexandra Berry (Children For Change), and our host, co-founder, Annelise Bauer (Children For Change) for a truly inspirational Q&A, discussing youth activism, and how young people are using their voices for positive change.
      • Regenerative Agriculture. Watch a truly inspirational Q&A with director Damon Gameau, award winning author Eric Toensmeier, Senior Development Officer Portia Adomah Kuffuor (CAMFED International), and Zach Bush MD, exploring regenerative agriculture practices that are transforming farming, and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. 
    • 2040 Educational Materials.  In the our main 2040 folder on OneDrive, there are a whole host of materials for download including the trailer to the movie, educational movies from Cool Australia, the Media Kit for promoting the movie, and the recording of our Zoom call with presentation.


Project Drawdown Resources:

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have came together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change.  You can borrow the book at the library, buy the book at AmazonWalmartBarnes and Noble, and find out more on the Drawdown website.  You can find the original Frequently asked Questions (FAQ) document for this work here which provides a great overview for the original work.


Polling and Quizzes

    • CNN and Project Drawdown’s Climate Quiz. The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you. To reduce our impact on the climate and avert disaster, it’s going to take more than switching to high-efficiency light bulbs. But the most effective ways that individuals, policymakers and businesses can reduce our carbon footprint might surprise you. Let’s see how much you know about what can be done to fight climate change.
    • Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2020. (Interactive) These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels.
    • Global Warming’s Six Americas. One of the first rules of effective communication is to “know thy audience.” Climate change public engagement efforts must start with the fundamental recognition that people are different and have different psychological, cultural, and political reasons for acting – or not acting – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  NOTE:  You can find the latest 2020 survey information here and messaging strategies for the six Americas here.
    • Six America’s Quiz. Take the quiz to find out are you Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, or Dismissive.

For strategies of how to invite various audiences into the discussion related to global warming, here are some additional recommendations:

Jonathan Haidt’s work on the moral foundations that drive our attitudes and behaviors:

    • TED Talk: The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
    •  Welcome to, where you can learn about your own morality, ethics, and/or values, while also contributing to scientific research. We are a group of professors and graduate students in social psychology.
    • The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike in this New York Times bestselling “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review).


Renee Lertzman, PhD on How to Turn Climate Anxiety into Action

    • TED Talk: How to Turn Climate Anxiety into Action. It’s normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on how psychology can help us discover both the creativity and resilience needed to act on environmental issues.
    • Project Inside Out.  We have launched this Hub with an invitation for the climate campaigning community to self-assess our theories of change and to shift our mind sets and skill sets toward Guiding. This is less of a methodology as a set of robust, flexible and powerful Guiding Principles. Within each Guiding Principle are applications for your work, whether it informs how you understand your stakeholders and members, or designing your entire engagement strategy. Our hope is that this is taken as a holistic approach, and you experiment and practice with each other and colleagues.
    • Towards 2040 – A Motivational Discussion. Damon reached out to Dr Renee four years ago when he started research for ‘2040’, keen to understand the psychology of apathy and disengagement when it comes to our biggest environmental and social challenges and to understand what can keep us buoyed, engaged and motivated to positive action. This conversation with Dr Renee inspired the solutions-focussed narrative of ‘2040’ and new ways to communicate the opportunity that the climate movement presents as we learn more about creativity, resilience, and problem-solving than ever before.

How to Have Better Political Conversations.  Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.


From Our Discussion:

    • Recorded Sessions
      • November 22:  These are the audio, video, and chat log from our discussion on November 22, 2020 and all resources collected for the 2040 movie here.
      • August 30: These are the audio, video and chat log from our discussion on August 30, 2020.  You can find all files used to support the discussion here and all resources collected for the 2040 movie here.
    • Presentation
      • November 22: This is the presentation (in Powerpoint format) we used to facilitate our discussion of the movie, a brief overview of the solutions behind the movie (Project Drawdown), the four levels of action and supporting videos (linked to directly in the next bullet).
      • August 30: You can find the presentation we used for our first discussion here.
    • AV During Presentation: The Wombat: All is One (1:02), Project Drawdown Overview (12:11), and Awakening the Dreamer Trailer (2:37)