What is solarpunk?
“A movement that seeks to answer and embody the question – what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”Jay Springet
Solarpunk is the antithesis of the defeatism that is encouraged by current news of climate and social inequality. While its accepted that the impacts of global warming may be severe, solarpunk doesn’t subscribe to this mass acceptance of a dystopian future. It expresses a proactive and optimistic opportunity for our civilization to adapt and protect our environment and world. It embraces renewable energy technologies, as well as simpler individualist methods for reducing carbon emissions, such as urban gardening. While punks aren’t generally known for their shining optimism, solarpunks rebel by campaigning for radical system change that doesn’t fit neatly into current political or economic systems.
“Solarpunk is the first creative movement consciously and positively responding to the Anthropocene. When no place on Earth is free from humanity’s hedonism, Solarpunk proposes that humans can learn to live in harmony with the planet once again. Solarpunk is a literary movement, a hashtag, a flag, and a statement of intent about the future we hope to create.”Ben Valentine
What is solarpunk action week?
Action week 2020 is from the 8th to the 14th of March. Put simply, it’s a week of small actions that can build up to provide a future we are proud of. You can get involved with solarpunk action week in a few different ways. Below are a few suggestions about how to start directing belief into action. If you are on tumblr or mastodon then you can share your week with other like-minded people, get advice and support. Use the hashtag #solarpunkactionweek
- Starting a compost
- Completing DIY projects using waste
- Mending clothes
- Hosting a clothing swap
- Donating unused clothes
- Vegetable and flower gardening
- Bee keeping
- Joining a community garden
- Creating seed bombs
- Build a compost or wormery
- Donating to local groups
- Surveying local wildlife
- Litter picking
- Read about global warming solutions
- Learn skills such as mending clothes or gardening
If you enjoyed this post and want to learn more, below are some useful websites on solarpunk and turning optimism into action.
Solarpunk wants to save the world by Ben Valentine (2015)
At the very least we know the end of the world will have a bright side by Adam Boffa (2018)
Explainer: ‘Solarpunk’, Or how to be an optimistic radical by Jennifer Hamilton (2017)
Solar Punk Action Week FAQs on tumblr