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2040 – We save the world! – Premiere at Elevate The Campus

Austrian premiere of “2040” and discussion with people from Fridays For Future, Extinction Rebellion and System Change not Climate Change – as part of Elevate The Campus / free admission! Voluntary contributions very welcome!

What could our future look like in 2040 if the solutions available today to mitigate the climate crisis, which is already killing many people, were finally used? How can we quickly and massively reduce CO2 emissions in order to leave a world worth living in for future generations? The Australian actor and director Damon Gameau goes on a long journey in “2040 – We save the world!” To find answers to these pressing questions. He finds numerous promising change approaches and already available solutions that give hope.

According to his findings, living together on earth could be sustainably improved by 2040 if households produced their own energy in a smart way, if car traffic were massively restricted and space for parks, urban forests and urban farming became free. With forward-looking agro-ecological cultivation methods and through the renaturation of ecosystems, we could manage to massively reduce the CO2 content of the atmosphere and perhaps even prevent the karaoke crisis from escalating completely.

The prerequisite for this is that the pressure from the streets becomes so strong through even larger and more determined protests that the decision-makers in the corporate headquarters and government districts must finally act. 2019 was the year of school strikes. If we all want to live well in 2040, 2020 must be the year of mass strikes by adults.

“2040 – We save the world!” Celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale and can now be seen for the first time in Austria.


Following the film: Talk to people from Fridays For Future, XR Graz and System Change not Climate Change



Confronting Climate Breakdown
From Discourse to Action

Conference, panel discussions, lectures, workshops, reading, film

MO 2.3. & DI 3.3. – Karl-Franzens-Uni Graz, Schubertnest, Literaturhaus

2019 millions of people – led by children and young people – managed the climate crisis caused by corporations and governments, which is already causing countless deaths, with school strikes and massive worldwide protests in many countries on the number one issue close. Nevertheless, the decision-makers continue as before. Adequate and just climate protection measures are still not available.

2020 is perhaps our last chance to achieve the climate change. Where are the strikes of the adults? They could create the economic pressure that can make the rich and powerful make concessions. What do we need to do to make the fundamental changes we need? What roles can students and universities play in this? How can research be promoted that deals with approaches to the necessary major social-ecological transformation that goes beyond existing systems?

Shall we study less and protest more in 2020? What can we do to make a future worth living? We will deal with these questions as part of Elevate The Campus. We cordially invite all students, university staff and interested parties to participate on the days before the Elevate Festival (4-8 March).



Monday 2.3 .:

09: 00-18: 00 / Schubertnest (Uni Graz, Harrachgasse 21, EG):
Workshop Action Day

09: 00-11: 00 Potluck Brunch – Bring everyone, feast everyone.

11: 00-12: 30 “Weltcafé: Sustainable Living” (SAS – Students Association for Sustainability)

12: 30-14: 00 “Eat plants, save the future! What we can do about the climate killer animal production ”(Graz Animal Save & Anonymous For The Voiceless)

14: 00-18: 00“ Seeding the Future: Seed gift and exchange action ”(Forum urban gardening, seed collective)

14: 00-16: 00 “Urban Gardening: Getting started! Even sow and prefer young plants ”(GIN – Department for Society, Innovation and Sustainability at HTU Graz)

14: 00-16: 00“ Make Climate Justice Visible! – Creative workshop: design protest signs, etc ”(Students For Future & Extinction Rebellion Graz)

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm“ What is climate justice? An intro for everyone ”(System Change, not Climate Change)

17: 00-18: 00 “Traffic turn instead of the end of the world! – How can we guarantee mobility for everyone and prevent the climate collapse? ”(System Change, not Climate Change)

18: 00-19: 00 dinner together

19: 00-20: 00 / HS 15.04 (Resowi Center, Universitätsstraße 15, EG )
“Confronting Climate Breakdown – Perspectives from the Global South”
Panel discussion with alternative Nobel Prize winner Nnimmo Bassey (Health of Mother Earth Foundation) and Josef Obermoser (Crossroads, Elevate)

20:15 / HS 15.04 (Resowi-Zentrum, Universitätsstraße 15, EG)
Film: Austrian premiere of “2040” and discussion with people from Fridays For Future, System Change not Climate Change and XR Graz


Tuesday March 3rd: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

/ Meerscheinschlössel, Mozartgasse 3:
Confronting Climate Breakdown – with Science, Activism and Courage
Conference for socio-ecological transformation

11: 00-12: 00 Keynote & discussion
” Socio-ecological transformation : the roles of universities and students”
Alina Brad (Senior Scientist at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Vienna)

12: 00-13: 00 Panel discussion (Fishbowl)
“Scientists For Future? Which science advises youth and politics? “
With Alina Brad (University of Vienna), Leo Kühberger (historian), etc. / Moderation: Josef Obermoser (Crossroads, Elevate)

13: 00-14: 00 lunch together

14: 00-15: 00 keynote & discussion
What should be intensively researched at universities, but not yet – Part 1:
“Social movements: How are societies fundamentally changed?”
Leo Kühberger (historian)

3: 00-4: 00 pm Keynote & discussion
What should be intensively researched at universities, but not yet – Part 2:
“Prosperity without growth? Paths in solidarity post-growth societies “Andreas Exner (RCE Graz-Styria, University of Graz)

4: 00-5: 30 p.m. World Cafe
#ActNow : How can we take our future into our own hands? ”
Moderation Brigitte Kratzwald (

17: 30-18: 30 dinner together

19:00 / Literaturhaus, Elisabethstrasse 30
book presentation, reading, panel discussion
“The Burning Lake”
with author John von Düffel and activists from Fridays For Future, System Change not Climate Change and Extinction Rebellion