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 or would like to discuss further follow-up facilitation and training sessions with your community, please e-mail Scott Henson at

Also, if you would like to rent the movie ($12) or host your own screening, please visit the 2040 screenings site here .

Catholic Care for Creation Resources

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. In this encyclical, Pope Francis draws all Christians into a dialogue with every person on the planet about our common home. We as human beings are united by the concern for our planet, and every living thing that dwells on it, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Pope Francis letter joins the body of the Church’s social and moral teaching, draws on the best scientific research, providing the foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows.  Links to Kindle and paperback books on Amazon here and free PDF download from the Vatican website here.

    • Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME. As reported on EarthBeat, this guidebook is jointly published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, and Catholic Climate Covenant.  It offers diocesan ecumenical and interreligious officers, pastors, parish groups, and the faithful at large a number of theological and practical resources to put the counsels of Pope Francis and Catholic magisterial voices, along with selected interfaith voices, into practical action.
    • Laudato Si’ In Action. In this column, written by Paul Litwin and also appearing in the St. John the Evangelist weekly bulletin & email, the goal is very simple: to share with you key excerpts from this critically important document and to suggest how we can put Laudato Si into concrete achievable actions.
    • Laudato Si’: A Map. This text from St. Joseph Parish in Seattle is a useful guide for an initial reading of the Encyclical. It will help you to grasp the overall development and identify the basic themes. The first two pages are an overview of Laudato si’ (literally “Be praised” or better, “Praise be to you”). Then for each of the six chapters, there is a one-page summary that gives the argument or main points and some key passages.
    • A Reading of Laudato Si’ – Fr. John Whitney. A beautiful writing from Father John (former Pastor St. Joseph Parish, Seattle)  in 2015 which aims to help in the reading of Laudato Si’ by offering some reflections and explication. As Father John says: “This will not be a definitive or scholarly interpretation of the document, but a chance to read it well and, I hope, to spark the conversations we will be having in the coming months as members of the Church. I hope all will be able to read this important gift of Pope Francis, and so prepare for what is to come, through God’s grace and the power of the Spirit, alive in the People of God.”

Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship. In this encyclical, Pope Francis reflects on a topic of great importance: human solidarity and friendship. Pope Francis first greeted the world with the words fratelli e sorelle — “brothers and sisters” — following his election to the papacy. In this encyclical, he continues to address all men and women as his brothers and sisters, calling us to consider what our common brotherhood requires of us. Links to Kindle and paperback books on Amazon here and free PDF download from the Vatican website here.

Catholic Climate Covenant. From “Our Story”: In 2006, to address growing ecological awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on ecology within the US Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) helped form Catholic Climate Covenant. Inspired by the USCCB’s 2001 statement on climate change, and supported by 19 national partners (which include the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, congregations of religious men and women, and other national organizations), Catholic Climate Covenant helps US Catholics respond to the Church’s call to care for creation and care for the poor.

EarthBeat: stories of climate crisis, faith, and action. We at EarthBeat are here to tell the story of how Catholics and other faith groups are speaking out and taking action to address the climate emergency. Where ecological concern and moral conviction meet, well, that’s our beat.

Global Catholic Climate Movement. The Global Catholic Climate Movement is a first-of-its-kind international coalition of Catholics from many nations, continents, and walks of life. We are laity, religious, and clergy, theologians, scientists, and activists from Argentina, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Australia, the United States, and many other nations. We are united by our Catholic faith and our work in various roles and organizations on climate change issues.

“Our conscience tells us that we cannot remain indifferent to the suffering of those in need, to the growing economic inequalities and social injustices,” says His Holiness Pope Francis. He speaks at the Countdown Global Launch on October 10, 2020. (Photo courtesy of TED)

His Holiness Pope Francis invites us on a journey of transformation and action in a visionary TED Talk delivered from Vatican City. Referencing ideas from his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, the spiritual leader calls our attention to a global socio-environmental crisis — one marked by growing economic inequalities, social injustices and planetary harm. “We are faced with the moral imperative, and the practical urgency, to rethink many things,” he says. He proposes three courses of action to transform in the face of our precarious future: an education based on scientific data and an ethical approach; a focus on making sure everyone has safe drinking water and nutrition; and a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, particularly by refraining from investing in companies that do not advance sustainability, social justice and the common good. Watch the full talk on

Cultivating Good News and Progress

One of the great challenges of our time is getting the full picture of what is happening in the world.  With mainstream media and social networks focused on keeping our attention with salacious headlines and fear, it’s not always easy to see the progress we are making at the same time we face so many challenges in the important areas of health and social, racial, gender and environmental justice.  And some times everyday heroes are the the ones we need to hear from the most. The following are great resources for progress in all of these areas.

Future Crunch
Their tagline: “If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we have to change the stories we tell ourselves.”  About the team: We are a group of scientists, artists, researchers and designers who believe that science and technology are the most powerful drivers of human progress. We’re determined to share that story. Our expertise ranges from political economy, genetics, urban planning and zoology, to music, painting and philosophy. We use our diverse skills and knowledge to provide unexpected perspectives on the state of the world in 2020.

Reasons to Be Cheerful  
Started by Talking Heads front man David Byrne, who believes in the power of approaching the world with curiosity—in art, in music, in collaboration and in life. Under the banner of Byrne’s non-profit organization, Arbutus, Reasons to be Cheerful embodies this sensibility, applying it now to the future of our world. Through stories of hope, rooted in evidence, Reasons to be Cheerful aims to inspire us all to be curious about how the world can be better, and to ask ourselves how we can be part of that change.

Greater Good Magazine  
This is the site I sent you in the chat link when we were talking about how tough the pandemic is on kids (and everyone).  The team at Berkley is focused on promoting science-based insights on how increase human potential and well-being.  A lot of their focus recently has been on building resilience to address the huge challenges of of our time (pandemic, racial justice, environmental crisis, etc.).

Good News Network  
This is an aggregator site that pulls together the feel good stories from all over the globe.  They have been around since 1997 so likely you have come across them in the last 23 years!  One of my favorite feature stories in the app is the “this day in history” where you can always learn something completely awesome that happened in human history on a given day.

This YouTube channel is just pure fun and joy with John Krasinski.  You may have seen when the Hamilton cast surprised a young girl by performing on Zoom earlier this year (click here and fast forward to 8:30 and be amazed!).


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,

2040 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.

How to talk to someone who does not believe in climate change. Not every conversation with a climate denier has to lead to raised voices and hurt feelings. Here’s how to do it constructively.


From Our Discussions:

Videos Shown During our Discussions:

For Amanda Gorman’s Earthrise poem, you can download the transcript of her poem here and you can download a 1080p video of her reciting the poem here.

Recordings of our Zoom Calls:

    • February 7, 2021:  These are the audio, video and chat log (as a Microsoft Word and PDF file with survey results) from our discussion on February 7, 2021. 
    • November 22, 2020:  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, 2020: 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.

Presentations Used to Facilitate our Discussions

      • February 7, 2021:  This is the presentation (in PowerPoint format) we used to facilitate our discussion of the movie, a brief overview of the solution behind the movie (Project Drawdown), the four levels of action and supporting video (linked to above on the page).
      • November 22, 2020: 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 above on the page).
      • August 30, 2020: You can find the presentation we used for our first discussion here.