What will the world look like in 2040? That’s the question Damon Gameau asks at the start of his new film called 2040. It dispenses with the dystopian future envisioned by so many sci-fi films. Instead, it’s powerfully optimistic. The doco follows Damon on a trip around the world looking for the sustainable technology of the future, that’s available today.

This technology isn’t fantasy, and if we embrace it, then not only can we help shift towards a renewable and circular economy, but the businesses that lead the way, the pioneers, well they’re looking like pretty damn savvy long-term investments.

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On this episode…

We discussed Damon’s film which is framed around his four-year-old daughter, and it jumps between the present and an imagined future, the year 2040 when his daughter will be 21.

He sees a world where traditional farming techniques are used to suck carbon out of the atmosphere, where fields of sea-weed are grown in the ocean to feed us, and where small scale solar power systems can help less-developed communities leapfrog the need for complex, centralised power grids and instead harvest power from the sun and sell the excess to their neighbours.

My key takeaway this week…

…this is the technology of the future, and the resources that have been so vital to Australia’s current prosperity are unfortunately the tech of the past.

We CAN have it both ways. We can support mining communities to transition away from fossil fuels. While also being leaders in renewables and sustainability research.

The future is bright!

Good Future’s Good Books

The Divide

By Jason Hickle

Is a really interesting book looking at some of the mechanism and the blocks to the system that might inhibit us from getting to 2040. It really great breakdown on particular rules, like trade treaty rules and things that are in the way of us reaching this better more sustainable future. And that’s a really good insight.

The Carbon Farming Solution

A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security

By: Eric Toensmeier

Looking at how we can pull this carbon out of the atmosphere without building giant carbon sucking machine on the edge of our cities or big geoengineering projects. By actually growing more wonderful foods that we actually love like macadamias and chocolate and coffee and things like that. And that’s a revolution I want to be part of.

Doughnut Economics

By Kate Raworth


By Paul Hawken


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