2040 - Energy and Sustainability

2040 - Energy and Sustainability

Lesson 4 of 6 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Economic
  • Design Thinking
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • ...

Lesson summary

In this lesson, students will be immersed in, and connect with, the documentary film 2040, focusing on the topic of sustainability and renewable energy. Students begin by exploring the concept of sustainability and work as a class to create a definition of sustainability.

They then look at sustainable energy and work in groups to investigate different types of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices (year 8).

Students create a presentation to share with the class. They then create a scientific poster to explain which type of renewable energy or which energy efficiency practices (year 8) would be best suited to their area.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand what sustainability is and how it relates to energy
  • recognise the key features of renewable energy and the different types of renewable energy that currently exist
  • understand different energy efficiency practices and why we might use these (year 8)

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • create a presentation
  • create a scientific poster
  • conduct research
  • work collaboratively
  • participate in group and class discussions

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2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW! Director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. 

In Australia: Order the Schools Version of the 2040 DVD. The Schools Version includes an educational license and is for Australian primary and secondary schools that wish to utilise the film as a learning tool or host free on-site screenings for the school community.

In New Zealand: Order the Schools Version of the 2040 DVD. The Schools Version includes an educational license and is for New Zealand primary and secondary schools that wish to utilise the film as a learning tool or host free on-site screenings for the school community.

If you are teaching in either New Zealand or Australia, you can now organise a virtual screening of the film for your class. To enquire about this option, simply email schools@whatsyour2040.com and the 2040 team will help you set this up! If you have already bought a DVD of the film and you have a ClickView account, you can email the team for permission to upload the film to your account to make it more easily accessible for your teachers and students.

Cool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.

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