The original Star Trek gave us a vision of a world where earth rallied itself together and made a better future. The technology on display in the show inspired a generation of people to create these products for real. Now the new documentary 2040 is doing the same thing to push us into creating a greener clean planet.
Described by Damon Gameau as “an antidote to all the doom and gloom dystopian narratives about the future,” 2040 seeks to show audiences a world where we actually set about fixing all the problems we have in today’s world using technology we have available.
“We don’t have to march blindly into that future. It’s important to throw up other visions for the future, especially around the climate which feels a bit hopeless at the moment.”
2040 shies away from the scaremongering of other such films like An Inconvenient Truth and leaves audiences with a more optimistic view of the world. Backed up with sharp visuals and cutting edge CGI to help envision this future, Damon Gameau travels the world to discuss practical solutions to environmental concerns with a date set for 2040, the year his own daughter will turn 21.
The movie is an inspiring one and walking out the theatre, you can’t help but get excited about making these things happen. The fact that the solutions he proposes are all within the realms of possibility makes this future even more tantalizing. In a time when we need solutions, rather than crying over problems, 2040 is a breath of fresh air. You don’t need to take my word for it either, it’s currently sitting on 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.