6 thoughts on “2040 Film now showing 2-4 October”

  1. After feeling quite anxious about our future, this film has really given me a lot of hope that we can still see a better future. It’s fantastic to see that we already have so many solutions that we can utilize and some of them quicker than I could have imagined. Only 3 months to regenerate that soil was incredible! It also angers me though that the techniques shown in this video aren’t already being utilised more widely and being supported more by our governments. This has however given me energy to keep fighting for a better world and to keep making the changes in my own life that allow me to live more sustainably.

    1. Thanks Tom – in the UK governments have seen themselves hampered by political and financial boundaries when thinking about this stuff.

      Much of what is being called for can be seen by many politicians, even some on the left, as a socialist plot in that it challenges key tenets of capitalism like inequality & accumulation (for accumulation’s sake), whereas the solutions in the film and elsewhere view the difficulties as natural not political, the planet doesn’t care about politics.

      Then there is the huge financial cost associated with the measures, for example, the government’s recent pledge to spend £2bn in encouraging the retrofitting of 600,000 homes, is what they regard as a affordable, within budgets, something that they can cover in the long term by taxation, whereas, in reality, we have nearly 30 million homes that need retrofitting but, more to the point, as we saw in 2008 and 2020, the money is always there, the government can create it, whether it taxes us or not. These realities seem too radical at the moment for governments to embrace.

      So, as has been happening and is still driving the changes needed, individual regions, businesses and people, make and demand the changes and pass it on to others, to the point where our government has to get with it to save votes.

  2. I really enjoyed watching this film, so educational and inspiring. Recommend others to watch! Small changes to live more sustainably can make a difference.

  3. The film gave me hope! it would be great to see it more widely circulated and for secondary schools to show it to pupils.

  4. It was great to see Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics as the background, the metric, on which success is measured.

    Whilst it may have been implied it was not made clear that the Doughnut only works with zero economic growth, so forget GDP as a measure of success. To boost my enthusiasm I watch her 16 minute TED talk from 2018 every few weeks – “We have economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, what we need are economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow”
    It’s worth a watch: https://youtu.be/Rhcrbcg8HBw

  5. Really enjoyed the film, particularly as it challenged the way we, in the global north, often do not look to the global south for solutions. I thought the solar panel micro networks were genius! How can we start something like this here is the question!

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