This is Solarpunk. Finding the appropriate technologies to build aesthetically stimulating and liveable dwellings that tie us tightly with the landscape.How We Can Build A Solarpunk Future Right Now (ft. @Andrewism) – YouTube
Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?” The aesthetics of solarpunk merge the practical with the beautiful, the well-designed with the green and wild, the bright and colorful with the earthy and solid. Solarpunk can be utopian, just optimistic, or concerned with the struggles en route to a better world — but never dystopian. As our world roils with calamity, we need solutions, not warnings. Solutions to live comfortably without fossil fuels, to equitably manage scarcity and share abundance, to be kinder to each other and to the planet we share. At once a vision of the future, a thoughtful provocation, and an achievable lifestyle.SOLARPUNK : A REFERENCE GUIDE. The below was compiled by… | by Jay Springett | Solarpunks | Medium
But what if we imagined something different? What if we imagined worlds where nature, humanity, and technology not only coexist, but thrive together. Worlds that are rich with the greens and blues of abundance. Utopias? Maybe, but certainly utopias worth striving for.
This is what Solarpunk is all about. A burgeoning genre of art and a movement that casts off the dystopian, technology-heavy futurism of cyberpunk and instead tries to build a world wherein people not only live well, but also live well with the natural world.
Solarpunk is an exercise in imagination, but it is also a call to action. There are very real Solarpunk solutions that already exist or are currently feasible that can start to bring about a Solarpunk future today. And today, we’ll look at the viability of some of these solutions and answer the question: how can we build a Solarpunk world right now?
Solarpunk is high and low tech: Before we dive into the promising tools that might aid our quest for a Solarpunk world, we first need to understand the role of technology in the Solarpunk community. As we will soon see, technology doesn’t exist in a vacuum.How We Can Build A Solarpunk Future Right Now (ft. @Andrewism) – YouTube
For those out of the loop, solarpunk is on a bit of a spectrum, from pure aesthetic hopeful imagining to actually building our collective futures here and now.
Solarpunk aims to look beyond the limitations of capitalism and beyond the rift between humanity and nature. Most importantly, it’s a project and vision of liberation that we co-create for our unique local conditions, ecosystems, and needs, as we work towards a better society.
Solarpunk isn’t something to be imposed from above, through capitalist ventures or state projects. It’s grassroots, and must incorporate the voices, experiences, and inputs of a wide range of people.How We Can Build A Solarpunk Future (ft. @OurChangingClimate) – YouTube
And in the late 2000s, the concept of “solarpunk” emerged. YouTube channel Our Changing Climate with Andrewism published an overview of Solarpunk: “Ultimately Solarpunk envisions a world that might be slower, but more intentional. One that ties humanity closely to the natural world.” As Andrewism put in the replies: “A future with a human face and dirt behind its ears.”
But if solarpunk is the future with humanity put back in, achieving it means taking control of that future from economic, social, & political forces that seem to be on autopilot to self-destruction, utterly divorced from human desires & human intervention. One path we’ve imagined already, and its grimy survivalist individualism was the defining feature of Reagan-era science fiction classics. However, in its radical reimagination of economic & social structures, solarpunk resists the nihilism & doomerism of the grim dehumanized technological dystopias that dominate the worlds of Blade Runner, Robocop, & William Gibson’s Neuromancer.
Do we have the willingness to challenge the predominant social, economic, & political structures & systems that need to be challenged? To change the very nature of humanity’s relationship to the planet? What role does education play in all of this?Fighting Back Against the Future | Human Restoration Project | Nick Covington Chris McNutt
Solarpunk is a lot of things. Its definitions are still growing, but at its heart, is always about one thing: a vision of a possible future where humanity nature and technology live in harmony beyond the human centric.
Solarpunk worlds are a green, sustainable, and socially just for everyone.How Solarpunk Fiction Envisions a Better Tomorrow | Video Essay – YouTube
Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.
And yes, there’s a -punk there, and not just because it’s become a trendy suffix. There’s an oppositional quality to solarpunk, but it’s an opposition that begins with infrastructure as a form of resistance. We’re already seeing it in the struggles of public utilities to deal with the explosion in rooftop solar. “Dealing with infrastructure is a protection against being robbed of one’s self-determination,” said Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, MS, and he was right. Certainly there are good reasons to have a grid, and we don’t want it to rot away, but one of the healthy things about local resilience is that it puts you in a much better bargaining position against the people who might want to shut you off (We’re looking at you, Detroit).
We’re solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto | Project Hieroglyph
…solarpunk is an eco-futurist movement which tries to think our way out of catastrophe by imagining a future most people would actually like to live in, instead of ones we should be trying to avoid.What is Solarpunk? – Solarpunk Anarchist
Solarpunk aims to cancel the apocalypse.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
Solarpunk is Punk after allSOLARPUNK: Life in the future
Solarpunk as a movement is building new futures in the minds of individuals but also creating and inspiring communities to DIY their own better futures into existence from the bottom up.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
Solarpunk should be considered A Grand Dress Rehearsal for the future we would we would like to live.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
That’s what excites me about Solarpunk so much.
It has become a movement that encompass speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilisation look like, and how can we get there?”SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
If you want a better future, and are already involved in activism of all kinds then Become a solarpunk. Stand in opposition to the doom and gloom of our current media environment, adopt a more sunny disposition. It’s why solarpunk is punk.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
In 2017, the Science fiction author and futurist Madeline Ashby gave us all one piece of advice: And that is “to talk, loudly and frequently and in detail, about the future you want. You can’t manifest what you don’t share.”
This is exactly the principle that Solarpunk seeks to follow.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
Solarpunk as both sci-fi genre and movement provides us with “a sandbox todaywhere all these ideas and solutions might be tested to destruction without consequence.“
Solarpunk is a tool for rapidly prototyping narratives and exploring the future that we are collectively on the verge of actually actualising if we wish to fight climate change. You can do it by yourself and tell other people about it. Or get together with friends and talk loudly and in detail about the future.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
Solarpunk attempts to re-future all of our imaginations.SOLARPUNK: Life in the future
Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”
The aesthetics of solarpunk merge the practical with the beautiful, the well-designed with the green and lush, the bright and colorful with the earthy and solid.
Solarpunk can be utopian, just optimistic, or concerned with the struggles en route to a better world , but never dystopian. As our world roils with calamity, we need solutions, not only warnings.
Solutions to thrive without fossil fuels, to equitably manage real scarcity and share in abundance instead of supporting false scarcity and false abundance, to be kinder to each other and to the planet we share.
Solarpunk is at once a vision of the future, a thoughtful provocation, a way of living and a set of achievable proposals to get there.A Solarpunk Manifesto (English) – ReDes – Regenerative Design
Solarpunk is a genre of Speculative Fiction that focuses on craftsmanship, community, and technology powered by renewable energy, wrapped up in a coating of Art Nouveaublended with African and Asian aesthetics. It envisions a free and egalitarian world with a slight bend toward social anarchism. Standing as both a reaction to the nihilism of Cyberpunk and a solution to a lot of the problems we face in the world, Solar punk works look toward a brighter future (“solar”) while deliberately subverting the systems that keep that brighter future from happening (“punk”).
Other aspects of Solarpunk include a quasi-Utopian setting, usually 20 Minutes into the Future, with the occasional Crystal Spires and Togas and even sometimes Beast Men(Biologically/genetically engineered or not) to add weirdness or other unwanted proposed elements. Like the Tumblr community that fostered the genre, Solarpunk also tends to feature a high level of cultural awareness, gender equality, self-expression, and artfulness. Likely to combine lighter and more utopic versions of Biopunk, Oceanpunk and Skypunk themes, randomly set in the near/far future (rarely in the far past), with realistic (sci-)fantastic elements. Solarpunk works usually believe in Science Is Good, as the marriage of nature and technology is what leads to such a utopic setting.
Compare and contrast with Post-Cyberpunk, which saw the Cyberpunk movement and came to different conclusions. Post-Cyberpunk accepts the world we have and the systems that support it like corporate globalization, industrialization, and exploiting resources in slightly-less-bad ways. Meanwhile, Solar Punk aims to subvert those systems and replace them with ones that work better in the long-term through local communities, supporting artisans, and living sustainably.Solar Punk – TV Tropes
What makes solarpunk Punk is its opposition to the systems of domination that exploit us now, and its pursuit of a transformation of work, community, and society as a whole. It stands against all of what we have been told about what possibilities there are. We are told that there’s no alternative to the world we have today and the systems that surround us. And so it’s Punk, solarpunk is punk, in the sense of Hope in a world that seeks to deny it.Andrewism, Audio Episode 10 – Solarpunk and How We Escape Dystopia with @Andrewism – YouTube
Progress/development is not the same as growth, and an integral thesis of solarpunk should be about decoupling the first from the second. More is not better.On the Need for New Futures. Note from Adam: Sometime in the spring… | by Adam Flynn | Solarpunks | Medium
You’ve heard of the hacker slogan “move fast and break things”? Solarpunk should move quietly and plant things.On the Political Dimensions of Solarpunk | by Andrew Dana Hudson | Solarpunks | Medium
At its core, solarpunk is an optimistic reaction to the cynical dystopian narratives that saturate much of popular culture.In Defense of Disney’s Strange Solarpunk World – YouTube
This is what’s the most important in solarpunk: a community.
What makes a story solarpunk?
An Introduction – Solarpunk Prompts
- Community as protagonist
- Infrastructure is sexy
- The human environmental context
The simple act of having hope for a better future breaks the doom-loop and builds a platform for action. In Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents, the main character, Lauren Olamina, digs and leads others to this well of hope amidst climatological and manmade disaster, disruption, and mass death along the American West Coast. Spreading the philosophy of Earthseed, she writes in her Book of the Living: “The destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars.” A different world is possible if we overcome the distortion of our senses and see beyond broken systems. By setting our sights toward something new, we can reveal solutions that already exist today.Fighting Back Against the Future | Human Restoration Project | Nick Covington Chris McNutt
We are Earthseed
The life that perceives itself