A Conversation Series

About the Series

Join us for our webinar conversation series – Towards 2040 – where we will be taking a deeper dive into how we can make the 2040 vision a reality. Moderated by Amanda Cahill and featuring guest experts, these conversations will explore how we can make it to this vision of 2040, what the things are that are currently holding us back, and how we can all use our own agency and influence to play a role in creative positive change in the world.

Over the next few months we’ll be exploring topics such as; overcoming climate grief and moving from despair to action, democratising the energy system, making food fair, empowering girls and women, speaking truth to power and politics and making change stick – among many others!

Click the registration page below to sign up for our upcoming episodes. There are limited spots available but if you miss out on a session, don’t worry! We’ll post the recorded video afterwards with follow up links and resources to support you on the journey. Together, we can help tell a new story for our planet and build a better, brighter 2040.

About the Host

The host for the conversation series is Dr Amanda Cahill, CEO of The Next Economy. Amanda has spent nearly 25 years supporting changemakers across the world to improve individual and community wellbeing. Her work at The Next Economy is to support communities to strengthen local economies in ways that are good for people and planet. In this way, her work touches on many of the themes in 2040 – climate change, food and energy systems, waste, and how the economic and political systems operate to both facilitate and block change. 


Motivational Discussion with Damon and Dr Renee Lertzman

Episode 9.
January 11, 2020 1:00 pm AEST
Damon Gameau Writer & Director – 2040
Dr Renee Lertzman Environmental Psychologist –

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Join 2040 director Damon Gameau and Environmental Psychologist, Dr Renee Lertzman, for a live, motivational discussion and Q&A to kick off the new year.

Damon reached out to Dr Renee four years ago when he started research for ‘2040’, keen to understand the psychology of apathy and disengagement when it comes to our biggest environmental and social challenges and to understand what can keep us buoyed, engaged and motivated to positive action. This conversation with Dr Renee inspired the solutions-focussed narrative of ‘2040’ and new ways to communicate the opportunity that the climate movement presents as we learn more about creativity, resilience, and problem-solving than ever before.

Join Damon and Renee as they look towards the new year ahead exploring topics such as: how to stay balanced and motivated amidst the barrage of negative news, how to engage in valuable and constructive conversations with family and friends, how to talk to children about climate change, and what we can do to stay positive and connected, motivated and engaged. Bring along your questions as the conversation will open up to a live Q&A. Register now to secure your spot and, in the meantime, watch Dr Renee’s vision for 2040 here

From Despair to Action: Cultivating Hope in Times of Change

Episode 8.
December 15, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Bronwyn Gresham Clinical Psychologist & Mindfulness Practitioner – Psychology for Safe Climate

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It can be tough staying positive and resolute in the face of increasingly severe climate impacts and political inertia. Join us for the final 2040 Conversation to learn how to process the grief, rage and sadness that accompanies climate action and to build resilience and cultivate hope as things continue to change around us.

Gender and Climate Change: What’s the Link?

Episode 7.
November 17, 2019 2:00 pm AEST
Dr. Jane O’Sullivan Executive Member – Sustainable Population Australia
Sarah Ireland CEO – One Girl

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Did you know that one of the most effective things we can do to address climate change is educate girls and provide economic opportunities for women? Join us to explore how ensuring the basic rights of women can lead to a positive impact on not just the climate, but society as a whole.

Waste: What’s the Way Forward?

Episode 6.
October 27, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Jo Taranto Director – Good for the Hood

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The way we use our resources has got to change. From plastics clogging our oceans to the pollution in our skies warming the planet, we need a whole-of-systems change when it comes to reducing and managing our waste. Jo Taranto from Good for the Hood (and the War on Waste Series) will share some practical examples of how households, neighbourhoods and councils are changing their waste management systems.

Register to join the conversation and start sharing your questions and ideas on our 2040: The Regeneration Facebook Group

Fair Food for a Safe Climate

Episode 5.
September 15, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Carol Richards Associate Professor & Food Systems Researcher – Queensland University of Technology
Suzanne Thompson Chairwomen – Australian Native Food and Botanicals
Thomas King CEO – Food Frontier

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Increasingly we are seeing public debates rage over how we produce our food and the failings of the system to ensure food security for all.

  • How will we produce enough food to feed the projected 9 billion people in the world in 2040?
  • How are genetically modified crops changing our food?
  • Should we all adopt a plant-based diet?
  • What about food waste?

In this 2040 Conversation we will explore the politics of the food system. We will also hear about the many solutions that are helping communities across the world become food resilient in a just and ecologically sustainable way.

Power, Politics & Making Change Stick

Episode 4.
August 18, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Tim Hollo Executive Director – The Green Institute
Nicola Paris Founder and Coordinator – CounterAct

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We have everything we need to build the 2040 we want, however as we are seeing time and again, the main barrier to this future isn’t technological…it’s  political!

In this webinar on “Power, Politics & Making Change Stick” we discuss how do we engage with the system to create political spaces for change. How does our political system work and how can we as citizens influence our decision makers? What are people doing around the world to take back power and experiment with democracy in a more direct way? What do we do when the system isn’t working and our leaders are not working in our best interests?

These are just some of the questions we will explore during our chat with our special guests. Register now to secure your spot in the conversation!

Farming for a Future

Episode 3.
August 11, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Morag Gamble – Permaculture Education Institute
Michael McCosker – Carbon8

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In this conversation we’ll be talking about farming:

  • How do we support farmers to shift to more ecologically sustainable practices and act on climate change?
  • What are some of the key challenges holding us back from better farming practices?
  • What is happening to change this and what do we need more of?
  • What can we all do to support our farmers?

Democratising the Energy System

Episode 2.
July 28, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Nicky Ison Founding Director – Community Power Agency
Larissa Baldwin Senior Campaigner – GetUp & Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung Nation
Giles Parkinson Founder & Editor – Renew Economy

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Australia is in the midst of transforming its entire energy system as it transitions to renewable energy. While large-scale projects are popping up all over Australia, questions remain as to how we can transition in a way that is not only fast enough to address the urgency of climate change, but also fair to everyone. In this conversation, we will explore where is Australia really at with the transition to renewable energy and what is holding us back?

Talking About Climate Change

Episode 1.
July 14, 2019 3:00 pm AEST
Katerina Gaita Founder and Director – Climate for Change

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We know that social change happens when ordinary people start having conversations with those they know and trust. In this webinar episode, we’ll be talking to Katerina Gaita from Climate for Change to explore how we can have the most effective conversations about climate change to take actions that will inspire others and in a way that empowers people to take action.

We’ll be exploring some frameworks and tools you can use for simplifying the understanding of climate change, tactics and ways we can start these conversations, and how we can respond when we meet a climate change denier. We’ll also be providing some resources on where can you go for more information and training should you wish to take things a step further. 

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