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Free screening of 2040 inspires ideas for a greener future


Georges River Council is bringing a free screening of “era-defining documentary” 2040 to Hurstville, where award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a venture in search of solutions for global warming. 
The new film describes itself as 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."  Concerned about his young daughter’s future, Damon travels the globe to promote a vision of a much more sustainable world in 20 years.  
The Director incorporates dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects, resulting in an uplifting documentary which stands as a beacon of hope, in stark contrast to the dire climate crisis scenario that is more typically presented. 
Following the screening, attendees will enjoy a Q&A panel discussion with ecowarriors Natalie Isaacs (1 Million Women), Monica Richter (World Wildlife Fund) and Rickie-Lee McLaurin-Smith (UNSW), to discuss topics raised in the film and the changes that individuals can make to help move towards the 2040 presented in the film. 
About the panellists  
Natalie Isaacs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 1 Million Women 
1 Million Women is a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live.  

A former cosmetics manufacturer, Natalie realised that individual action is key to a powerful path to solving the climate crisis. She decided to leave behind the overpackaged world of skin and beauty care to create an organisation that inspires and empowers women to act.  

Under Natalie’s leadership, 1 Million Women has become one of Australia’s largest networks acting on climate change, and has grown to more than 900,000 women.  

As the Australian Geographic Society’s 2017 Conservationist of the Year, Natalie is supported by some of the world’s most influential women climate leaders.

In October 2018, Natalie launched her book 'Every Woman's guide to saving the planet'.  
Monica Richter, Senior Manager, Low Carbon Futures Program, WWFAustralia and Project Director, Business Renewables Centre - Australia 
Monica Richter is an economist and social ecologist with extensive experience in environmental sustainability and an interest in accelerating the uptake of low carbon solutions.   
Monica’s recent career highlights include establishing the WWF Renewable Energy Buyers Forum and subsequently the Business Renewables Centre-Australia; a Community of Practice for companies setting Science-Based long term emission reduction targets, and contributing to WWF’s Innovation Program, Panda Labs.  
Monica is a graduate of the Future Directors program, an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, a board member of the Mercury Centre collaborative enterprise catalyst, and a C40 Women4Climate mentor through the City of Sydney. 
Rickie-Lee McLaurin, Founder of Whānau 
Rickie-Lee is the founder of Whānau, a company that is making it possible to buy fresh fruit and vegetables at every corner store. She led the Keeping Randwick's Trees campaign, which helped save hundreds of trees from destruction during a major state government transport project. Rickie-Lee has a background in sociology/anthropology and uses this knowledge to understand diverse interactions between humans and the environment. 
Free screening of 2040 with panel discussion 
Date: Tuesday 12 November 2019
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Address: Civic Theatre, 16 Macmahon Street, Hurstville
Cost: Free
Register: Tickets are strictly limited; register now to ensure you don’t miss out  
For more information please call 9330 6400. For more information on Georges River Council, please visit
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