Solar Punk Manifesto

The following is a draft of a Solar Punk Manifesto crowdsourced on the blog Permaculture Solarpunk. In the spirit of decentralization, backups, and not using Google, we've made a copy of the draft here. As the author states: Many people have written about Solarpunk during the last 10+ years. Mostly after 2014. The genre is not yet clearly defined.

This Solarpunk Manifesto is a creative re-adaptation of ideas about solarpunk written by many people. These ideas can be mainly found here in Solarpunk: a reference guide and here in Solarpunk: Notes towards a Manifesto by Adam Flynn.

A Solarpunk Manifesto

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.

  1. We are solarpunks because optimism has been taken away from us and we are trying to take it back
  2. We are solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair
  3. At its core, Solarpunk is a vision of a future that embodies the best of what humanity can achieve: a post-scarcity, post-hierarchy, post-capitalistic world where humanity sees itself as part of nature and clean energy replaces fossil fuels
  4. Solarpunk is a movement as much as it is a genre: it’s not just about the stories, it’s also about how we can get there
  5. Solarpunk embraces a diversity of tactics: there’s no single right way to do solarpunk. Instead, diverse communities from around the world adopt the name, ideas, or both, and build little nests of self-sustaining revolution
  6. Solarpunk provides a valuable new perspective, a paradigm and a vocabulary through which to describe one possible future. Instead of retrofuturism, the theme turns completely to the future. Not an alternative future, but a possible future
  7. Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community
  8. The “punk” in Solarpunk is about rebellion, counterculture, post-capitalism, decolonialism and enthusiasm. It is about going in a different direction than the mainstream, which is increasingly going in a scary direction
  9. Solarpunk emphasizes environmental sustainability and social justice
  10. Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and also for the generations that follow us – i.e., supporting human life at the species level, rather than individually
  11. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have. Imagine “smart cities” being junked in favor of smart citizenry
  12. Solarpunk recognizes the historical influence politics and science fiction have had on each other
  13. Solarpunk recognizes science fiction as not just entertainment but as a form of activism
  14. Solarpunk wants to counter the scenarios of a dying earth, an insuperable gap between rich and poor, and a society controlled by corporations. Not in hundreds of years, but within reach
  15. Solarpunk is about youth maker culture, local solutions, local energy grids, ways of creating autonomous functioning systems. It is about loving the world
  16. Solarpunk culture includes all cultures, religions, abilities, sexes, genders and sexual identities
  17. Solarpunk is the idea of humanity achieving a social evolution that embraces not mere tolerance, but a more expansive compassion and acceptance
  18. The visual aesthetics of Solarpunk are open and evolving. As it stands, it’s a mash-up of the following:
    • 1800s age-of-sail/frontier living (but with more bicycles)
    • Creative reuse of existing infrastructure (sometimes post-apocalyptic, sometimes present-weird)
    • Appropriate technology
    • Art Nouveau
    • Hayao Miyazaki
    • Jugaad-style innovation from the developing world
    • High-tech backends with simple, elegant outputs
  19. Solarpunk is set in a future built according to principles of new urbanism and environmental sustainability 
  20. Solarpunk envisions a built environment creatively adapted for solar gain amongst other arrangements and technologies to promote self sufficiency and living within natural limits
  21. In Solarpunk we’ve pulled back just in time to stop the slow destruction of our planet. We’ve learned to use science wisely, for the betterment of ourselves and our planet. We’re no longer overlords. We’re caretakers. We’re gardeners
  22. Solarpunk is a future with a human face and dirt behind its ears
  23. Solarpunk:
    • is diverse
    • has room for spirituality and science to coexist
    • is beautiful
    • can happen. Now

The Solarpunk Community

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