It warms my heart to see so much support and interest in solarpunk! I know a lot of people are wondering how they can contribute, and hopefully this answers most questions.
Firstly, I think everyone has something they can contribute–even simply listening and sharing is a HUGE help for solarpunk as a whole. Arts, design, fashion, architecture, engineering, farming, forestry, pharmaceuticals, medicine, travel/transit, fiction/nonfiction writing, industry, politics, education… whatever you work with, whatever your passions or hobbies are, you have something to contribute.
Solarpunk does not just mean solar-powered, in the same way Steampunk does not only refer to steam power.
It means looking towards a brighter future, for all of us sharing this Earth. It means seeing the options we’ve been shown for the future (post apoc trash or corporate dystopias) and saying “I refuse to accept this”.
Solarpunk is our present day -punk genre. It has the ability to spread and enact true change, if we nurture it enough.
And in that vein, to answer the question “What can I do?” We can break down solarpunk into three branches (for now):
Diversity: celebrating our differences, being empathetic, understanding and sharing multiple perspectives. Diversity in our sociopolitical lives as well as diversity for our ecosystems and economies.
Accessibility: advancement in technology cannot truly help humanity if certain classes or countries cannot access them. Disabilities (physical and mental) must be accounted for when we redesign cities for people; we must ensure everyone can get around them.
Sustainability: our current for-profit system is killing us and the beautiful creatures we share our planet with. We are wardens of Earth; we are here to protect and nurture it. Production based on need not profit, and de-industrialized agriculture. Communities should be able to function independently from the whole, in terms of necessities (food, water, power, shelter).
Along with these branches, I believe there are three other movements that will inevitably intersect with Solarpunk, if they haven’t already.
Permaculture: bringing back ancient/indigenous/sensible farming practices that we lost or considered “primitive”. Agroforestry, crop rotation, urban/vertical farming are good places to start.
Right-To-Repair: in response to companies like Apple denying our ability to maintain our own devices, there is a large movement dedicated to repairing tech in order to elongate their life cycle and prevent further waste. Why buy a phone every two years, when we could upgrade one continuously over ten?
Afrofuturism: Africa is finally beginning to get back on its feet after the imperialist Rape of Africa era. African Americans are strengthening their voices and cultural ties in this Eurocentric digital age. I cannot properly do this movement justice; it isn’t my voice that should be telling you. Supporting and uplifting the voices within this movement is crucial to not only Solarpunk, but to the wider goal of harmony and reparation.
The most important facet of Solarpunk is perspective: not everything will work for everyone, and listening to marginalized people is absolutely essential to growing our movement.
Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of the German Reunion, dead
Helmut Kohl, chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany for 16 years from 1982 to 1989 and driving force of the German reunification, died on June 16, 2017, aged 87.
His significant contribution as a powerful and diplomatic driving force in the German reunification process, which was started by the East German people, warrants him a lasting place in the history books.
His most important political feat was probably to link the German reunification with an extensive integration of the European Union and the formation of a single European currency in order to limit the powers of a reunited Germany. This way, he managed to obtain the approval of the leaders of the USA, the UK, France, Russia and the rest of Europe. The enormous task to transform the failing East German state-organized economy into a social market economy was not particularly successful, leaving vast parts of the former GDR a de-industrialized region – probably not entirely the fault of his government, but owed to the run-down state of most businesses. The refurbishment of the run-down East German infrastructure was completed by a massive investments
However, his reputation in Germany remains tainted due to an affair around illegal donations to his party, the CDU, and his refusal to name the donors.
Before being elected as chancellor, he was minister president of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1969 to 1976.
His presence in public as an elder statesman was severely impaired after he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury during a fall, which left him unable to walk and to speak clearly.
During his chancellorship, he was frequently mocked due to his simple language and heavy accent, which made him appear slightly simple-minded. In reference to his poofy cheeks, he was regularly displayed with a pear-shaped head (including the stalk) in political cartoons. This earned him the nickname “Birne”, pear.
Oh, there are a bunch of ways of answering this! There’s a shit-ton of literature on the “neoliberalization” of the university (i.e., the university becoming a strictly economic institution). This has meant climbing tuition, increasing administrative bloat, and the stagnation of tenure track hiring. Last I checked, about three-quarters of teaching positions at American universities now are casualized in some way – adjunct, “visiting,” and non-tenure track lecturer positions have become increasingly common over the past couple decades.
Now, the risk in just dealing with the neoliberal university is in slurring over how the university functioned economically before that. There’s a kind of nostalgia you get in accounts from David Graeber, Wendy Brown, Frank Donoghue, and the like, that I find counterproductive. While it’s true that the public university prior to neoliberalization was cheaper (in some cases, like UC and CUNY, free!) and kinder to faculty, it could function this way because it wasn’t reallymeant to serve everybody. During the public university’s “golden age,” there was still a whole realm of heavily unionized careers, mostly in manufacturing, that one could get into without a university degree. This is no longer the case, and now a B.A. is a prerequisite for most jobs outside of the ballooning service sector. So the neoliberalization of the university is largely a conversion of the university into a vocational school, but that’s because the university needs to assume that function now to sustain capitalism in the First World.
In other words, before de-industrialization, academia used to be kind of a special realm for petty bourgeois kids to feel real smart (and it still is to an extent), but now that most livable careers require a university degree, it’s becoming, of necessity, vocational training, which brings a whole bunch of institutional changes with it.
I love Michael Weatherly. One of the few people on earth I could spend twelve hours a day with for years. He probably doesn’t feel that way…HA…but I know he feels that way about Cotes. When I said it’s a rare thing to find real friends in this business combined with people you like working with, it wasn’t drama, it wasn’t hyperbole. It’s the truth. It’s rare. And beautiful. And you’re lucky if it happens even once.
A tweet by actress, Diane Neal on 11th January 2013 (@DianeNeal on twitter)
Héctor nació en Ocampo, Guanajuato, el primero de mayo de 1995, y reside en Aguascalientes desde 2010. En 2012, comenzó a participar en el taller de creación literaria coordinado por Juan Carlos Quiroz y, en 2014, ingresó en la
carrera de Diseño Industrial en la Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes. En 2015, fue beneficiario del Programa de Estímulos a la Creación y Desarrollo
Artístico de Aguascalientes (PECDA), para el que escribió su poemario Versos en la
relatividad del tiempo, actualmente llamado Biophilia Barroca, con el querecibió el tercer premio Alejandro Aura. Además, ha
participado en la antología Palabra Germinal (ICA, 2016).
fue tu primer contacto con la poesía como lector y después como escritor?
Siempre he estado seguro de que fue a través de la música; pongo mucha atención a las letras de las canciones. El primer
contacto más consciente que tuve con un poema escrito fue cuando asistí a un taller
de creación literaria. Al principio, debo reconocer que tardé varios meses en
agarrarle el gusto, hasta que me propuse leer más poesía. Me topé con un
librito llamado Escenas sagradas del oriente, de José Eugenio Sánchez y publicado por la
editorial Almadía. Me llamó la atención la portada, pero el contenido fue lo
que en realidad me atrapó; muy recomendable. Como escritor, es obvio que vería la poesía desde otra perspectiva. Ahora
leo quizá el triple de lo que ya leía. Mucho de lo que sigo leyendo y me asombra es todo lo que publica Tierra Adentro. Además, su precio es de lo más
asequible. Me atrae mucho la poesía más experimental, que combina las figuras
con las palabras. Por ejemplo, puedo recomendar Gangbang, de Óscar David López, cuyo estilo sigue fascinándome.
Me dê amor você também, não sei como aqui funciona, mas eu tenho essa necessidade de amar. Me dê um pouco de carinho na fila do banco, do bar, do restaurante popular ou na sala de espera do hospital. Não passe por mim às 6:00 quando eu estiver indo pro trabalho sem me desejar um bom dia. Peça para levar minha mochila se eu estiver em pé no ônibus, acredite, os livros de eletricidade industrial são pesados pra caramba. Enfim, não precisa ser eu, pode ser qualquer um. Seja mais amor e menos razão. Pode ser que alguém precise de você, ou de suas fraternidades. Já pensou que decadente sair de casa e voltar sem passar pelo dia de alguém? Só queria dizer isso mesmo, caso a gente se esbarre por aí, me dê amor.
brave like Trevor Philips dutiful like Michael De Santa ambitious like Franklin Clinton wise like Lamar Davis smart like Lester Crest innocent like Wade Hebert paranoid like Ron Jakowski self-conscious like Tracey De Santa videogame skilled like Jimmy De Santa seductive like Amanda De Santa loved like Brad Snider