and mostly about a question posed here: “What would the punk aspect of solarpunk be?”
The big popular post going around and a lot of resulting brainstorming focuses on the beautiful cities and light and art nouveau influences, but what about the places that aren’t the cities? what about the people who can’t afford and/or don’t have the privilege of solar everything and beautiful self-sufficient homes and all of those trappings? how does solarpunk even begin to exist? it looks like such a lovely utopian idea/place and that’s all cool but then i saw this. (credit)
what if solarpunk outside the cities isn’t pretty? imagine people struggling to survive in that wasteland, the biggest desert you’ve ever seen and hotter and more dangerous, too, by lack of ozone layer and proper protection. imagine the people scrounging for solar panels because they’d be so USEFUL out in a place where there is nothing but sun but they’re expensive when you’ve got nothing to show but some sunbleached clothes and farms of cacti.
imagine cities powered by massive solar panels on the edge of the desert, defaced with corrosive paint made from desert flowers and aloe and sand, angry capslock messages that ENERGY IS 4 ALL because there’s plenty to go around, so stop being stingy and keeping life about profit
shift gears for a minute, go back further, think about cyberpunk. all that tech sounds pretty cool and looks pretty metal (pun intended) until you realize the cultural aesthetic isn’t as green as we thought it was and god we’re guzzling gas faster than ever but how do we get clean energy out there without provoking the Big Bad Business™
(image credit) the caption on this post reads, “we have a name before we have a manifesto. Isn’t that awesome?”
the hashtag makes me think of twitter, social media, anonymous. an uprising using that one key- #solarpunk- to gather meetings like this, with temproary signs and locked doors and watchful eyes around every corner, slowly turning it around to go from cyberpunk to solar, a revolution of energy. electricians who fix things illegally, maybe to restore electrical power to suspects who just happen to have a few too many power outages, or to subtly convert gas guzzlers to fuel efficient to needing none at all.
think about that war, between oil, and the sun, and fighting it, winning it, changing the world, only to end up with nothing, struggling to survive, because you weren’t the face of the revolution and didn’t have enough pennies to pay for panels- because, of course, most physical money is being marked wasteful and invalid, and credits are the new system! isn’t the system great?
of course it is. you helped build it. it’d be greater if you were a participant, though.
just. rugged edges of solarpunk (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧