Will "Solarpunk" Become a Thing? A Millennial Vision of a Bright Green Future
You've probably heard of cyberpunk, the dystopian vision of a future dominated by technology, and steampunk, which imagines a future with a strong tie to the past, specifically, the pre-industrial Victorian era. And now, thanks to a young sci-fi enthusiast named Adam Flynn, we have solarpunk. But what does it mean?
Solarpunk is an idea of the future that marries cutting edge green technology- the solar part- to the DIY aesthetic and aggressively local and human-scale ethos of punk consumption and post-pink hipsterism. Here's what Flynn has to say about solarpunk, from his manifesto for Arizona State University's Hieroglyph Project:
"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."
So here's hoping that solarpunk does indeed become a thing- a thing that could help foster a brighter, greener future for all of us.