Solarpunk

I was introduced to the “Solarpunk” movement over the weekend via the Imaginary Worlds podcast. I’m big on Cyberpunk as an aesthetic and form of entertainment, however, the future it paints (and in most cases has already become a reality) is quite grim.

Solarpunk on the other hand…

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.

https://hieroglyph.asu.edu/2014/09/solarpunk-notes-toward-a-manifesto/

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