On Friday 2 August, the Green Team hosted a special fundraiser showing of the film 2040 at Croydon Cinemas. The night was a huge success! Each one of the 200 attendees left with a goodie bag and certain lucky people left with either spot prizes or raffle prizes kindly donated by our 32 sponsors. Most of our donors were from small start-up companies all trying to make a difference in their own eco-friendly and sustainable way. The atmosphere in the cinema was incredible. There was lots of chatter and excitement before the film began as prizes were being handed out and the conversations continued well after the film had finished. It was fantastic to hear people talking about the issues raised in the film as they exited the cinema as one of our main goals in running the night was to raise awareness amongst the wider community about the environmental issues facing our world today.
To say that the film 2040 was inspiring would be an understatement; and, believe me, I am not someone who uses the word ‘inspiring’ on a regular basis! For those of you who are not familiar with this film, it is a hybrid feature documentary written and directed by Damon Gameau which focuses on what the future of our planet could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the technology already available to fix the planet and protect ourselves against climate change. Despite the seriousness of the content matter, 2040 is not a gloom and doom portrayal of the extent to which humans have damaged the planet. Instead, the film remains positive and hopeful as Damon explores the best solutions currently available to improve the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The film was structured as a visual letter to Damon’s 4 year old daughter and included a wide range of amusing dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects. I would highly recommend seeing the film 2040. If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about the film and the suggested solutions, please visit https://whatsyour2040.com/#. This website also has some really great ideas on how you as an individual can reduce your impact on the planet.
In regards to funds raised – we are proud to announce that we raised in excess of $3,000 from the ticket sales and raffle. This is a wonderful result. The funds will be used to purchase a solar panel for the school and to support our 20km and 50 km teams in the a2 Milk Upstream Challenge walk to be held on Saturday 9 November. All money raised by our teams will be donated to FareShare, an organisation that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks it into nutritious meals for people in need. FareShare provides free meals to more than 400 Victorian charities including homeless shelters, soup vans, women’s refuges, disadvantaged schools and community food banks.
Finally, thank you to everyone who attended the event! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. The Green Team is extremely grateful to Croydon Cinemas for providing us with a venue, as well as our incredible sponsors for donating the popcorn, goodie bags, spot and raffle prizes. Special thanks must be given to the Green Team members who came along to help, Erin and Julia our incredible Green Team Captains, Tim Bray, President of the Tintern Parents’ Group for organising and sponsoring the new Green Team signs and Ms Bortolussi for co-ordinating the event. We couldn’t have done it without them!
by Hannah Taylor, Year 11