Book Review: 2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration based on the documentary 2040 | Damon Gameau

‘2040 A Handbook for the Regeneration based on the documentary 2040’ by Damon Gameau tackles the ever-present issue of climate change with hope, and inspires you to be the change you wish to see in the world.

A culmination of meticulous research and interviews with changemakers and children the world over, the handbook is the accompaniment to Gameau’s era-defining documentary ‘2040’.

Damon Gameau released his first feature film ‘That Sugar Film’ in 2015 which went on to become the highest grossing Aussie documentary of all time.   In his new film ‘2040’, Gameau imagines what life might be like in 2040 for his daughter Velvet, if we embraced already existing solutions, right now.  He calls it “fact-based dreaming” and creates a vision of a thriving world that is actively reversing the damage of climate change and pollution.

The accompanying handbooks aim is to provide us with genuine hope and to explain how some of the things we can do right now can have a tremendous collective impact on the future of our planet. The inside cover has a lift out easy reference household checklist and the book is broken down into digestible sections of Energy, Transport, Consumption, Drawdown & Sequester, 50 + Recipes and Getting to 2040.  Inside the pages such concepts as renewable energy and micro grids, climate change, clean transport, regenerative agriculture, marine permaculture, carbon sequestration, circular economies and the gender equality are explored. The book is aesthetically appealing with beautiful imagery, is informative without being too heavy and rather than creating a sense of overwhelm resulting in inaction, it instead empowers, instils hope and motivates.

This engaging and thought-provoking book is a must read for anyone wanting ideas, advice, inspiration and knowledge to create a better world. There are many actionable steps you can implement at an individual or family level immediately, you can start where you are and it doesn’t feel hard to achieve or maintain.

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