Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) 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. Structured as a visual letter
to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and
high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world
for future generations.
About the Event/ COurse
2040 US Virtual Theatrical Premiere & Q&A
Join us for an inspirational screening of 2040. Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions that exist today. Watch the film then join Director Damon Gameau, Vice President and Research Director of Project Drawdown Chad Frischmann, Senior Fellow in Land Use Mamta Mehra (Project Drawdown), Senior Fellow for Transportation and the Built Environment Ryan Allard, PhD (Project Drawdown), and our host, VP of Operations and Engagement, Crystal Chissell (Project Drawdown), discussing 2040 and its hopeful vision for our planet.
This ticket includes access to a live Q&A: 'From Drawdown to Regeneration': Meet the researchers behind Drawdown' on June 27 at 7.30pm EST/ 4.30pm PT
Meet the researchers behind Project Drawdown, who have identified the most efficient solutions to draw carbon from the atmosphere; including agriculture and travel.
Damon is an award-winning writer, director, author and activist. In 2015, he released his debut feature documentary 'That Sugar Film' , which broke Australian box office records, was released in 25 territories and picked up a host of awards around the world. He also authored a companion book, 'That Sugar Book', which was a best seller in Australia, is published in 20 countries and translated into 8 languages. Damon’s latest feature documentary ‘2040’ recently become one of Australia’s highest grossing documentaries of all time and is currently being released internationally. His accompanying book ‘2040: A Handbook for the Regeneration’ is published by Pan Macmillan. An in-demand thought leader and keynote speaker, Damon has received numerous accolades for his work, including a nomination for NSW Australian of the Year in 2020.
Chad Frischmann is a co-author and the lead researcher of the New York Times best-seller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin, 2017) and the Drawdown Review (February, 2020). Drawdown was the #1 best-selling environmental book of 2017. In collaboration with a global team of researchers, Chad designed integrated global models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad works as a systems strategist to build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being. As head of research and technology since Project Drawdown’s inception, Chad is a key spokesperson and coalition-builder dedicated to sharing the message and model of Drawdown with the world.
Dr. Mamta Mehra is an environmental professional with more than ten years of expertise in climate change, agriculture, and natural resource management. Currently, she is working with Project Drawdown as a Senior Fellow, where she is focusing on Drawdown solutions in the Land Use and Food sectors. She is also working as an independent consultant and working with various national and international organizations on climate change issues and is one of the senior analysts of the Keeling Curve Prize. Previously, Dr. Mehra worked in different research capacities for Swiss Aid, UNDP-Australian Aid, and World Bank. Dr. Mehra has authored many peer reviewed papers and is one of the contributors to the New York Times bestseller book, “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”.
Ryan leads research at Project Drawdown that models transportation and buildings solutions. He has also been involved in developing the underlying computer models that support all of Project Drawdown's research across the land-based, energy generation, waste, and human rights solutions. Prior to Project Drawdown, Ryan worked in Finance and Management Consulting in multiple cities on two continents and multiple islands. He earned PhD and MSc degrees in Transportation Systems at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, and a BSc in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering at MIT in Boston, USA.
Host, Crystal Chissell
As Vice President of Operations & Engagement at Project Drawdown, Crystal draws on her experience and interdisciplinary background in local and state government, law, business and social equity. She cultivates strategic partnerships and networks that foster public engagement to move the world toward scaling climate solutions. She speaks publicly about climate solutions and serves as an expert resource for news media, interest groups and advocacy organisations
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