submitted 4 months ago by xylem@beehaw.org to c/solarpunk

I'm always looking for things to add to my RSS reader! I loved the Hundred Rabbits site that was posted here recently and thought others might have some nice submissions.

I recently found Sunshine and Seedlings which is substack, alas, but has some great content.

I'm also a fan of Low-tech Magazine.

A Solarpunk Manifesto (www.re-des.org)
submitted 1 year ago by poVoq to c/solarpunk

Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”

The aesthetics of solarpunk merge the practical with the beautiful, the well-designed with the green and lush, the bright and colorful with the earthy and solid.

Solarpunk can be utopian, just optimistic, or concerned with the struggles en route to a better world ,  but never dystopian. As our world roils with calamity, we need solutions, not only warnings.

Solutions to thrive without fossil fuels, to equitably manage real scarcity and share in abundance instead of supporting false scarcity and false abundance, to be kinder to each other and to the planet we share.

Solarpunk is at once a vision of the future, a thoughtful provocation, a way of living and a set of achievable proposals to get there.

  • We are solarpunks because optimism has been taken away from us and we are trying to take it back.
  • We are solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.
  • At its core, Solarpunk is a vision of a future that embodies the best of what humanity can achieve: a post-scarcity, post-hierarchy, post-capitalistic world where humanity sees itself as part of nature and clean energy replaces fossil fuels.
  • The “punk” in Solarpunk is about rebellion, counterculture, post-capitalism, decolonialism and enthusiasm. It is about going in a different direction than the mainstream, which is increasingly going in a scary direction.
  • Solarpunk is a movement as much as it is a genre: it is not just about the stories, it is also about how we can get there.
  • Solarpunk embraces a diversity of tactics: there is no single right way to do solarpunk. Instead, diverse communities from around the world adopt the name and the ideas, and build little nests of self-sustaining revolution.
  • Solarpunk provides a valuable new perspective, a paradigm and a vocabulary through which to describe one possible future. Instead of embracing retrofuturism, solarpunk looks completely to the future. Not an alternative future, but a possible future.
  • Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.
  • Solarpunk emphasizes environmental sustainability and social justice.
  • Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and also for the generations that follow us.
  • Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have. Imagine “smart cities” being junked in favor of smart citizenry.
  • Solarpunk recognizes the historical influence politics and science fiction have had on each other.
  • Solarpunk recognizes science fiction as not just entertainment but as a form of activism.
  • Solarpunk wants to counter the scenarios of a dying earth, an insuperable gap between rich and poor, and a society controlled by corporations. Not in hundreds of years, but within reach.
  • Solarpunk is about youth maker culture, local solutions, local energy grids, ways of creating autonomous functioning systems. It is about loving the world.
  • Solarpunk culture includes all cultures, religions, abilities, sexes, genders and sexual identities.
  • Solarpunk is the idea of humanity achieving a social evolution that embraces not just mere tolerance, but a more expansive compassion and acceptance.
  • The visual aesthetics of Solarpunk are open and evolving. As it stands, it is a mash-up of the following:
    • 1800s age-of-sail/frontier living (but with more bicycles)
    • Creative reuse of existing infrastructure (sometimes post-apocalyptic, sometimes present-weird)
    • Appropriate technology
    • Art Nouveau
    • Hayao Miyazaki
    • Jugaad-style innovation from the non-Western world
    • High-tech backends with simple, elegant outputs
  • Solarpunk is set in a future built according to principles of New Urbanism or New Pedestrianism and environmental sustainability.
  • Solarpunk envisions a built environment creatively adapted for solar gain, amongst other things, using different technologies. The objective is to promote self sufficiency and living within natural limits.
  • In Solarpunk we’ve pulled back just in time to stop the slow destruction of our planet. We’ve learned to use science wisely, for the betterment of our life conditions as part of our planet. We’re no longer overlords. We’re caretakers. We’re gardeners.
  • Solarpunk:
    • is diverse
    • has room for spirituality and science to coexist
    • is beautiful
    • can happen. Now!
Refuse Dystopia (bantu.social)
submitted 11 hours ago by toaster to c/solarpunk
submitted 1 day ago by Julian_1_2_3_4_5 to c/solarpunk

I loved the Movie 2040 by Damon Gameau. It’s really hopeful and shows us it’s possible to have a better future, the most important message today. I especially also like the focus to be on kids, because those are the people that will be living in and shaping the future. So watch this movie, show it to your kids and anyone who could benefit from a little more hope and Ideas!!

submitted 2 days ago by Sunny to c/solarpunk

Be it on YT or just blog posts from a website, please do share any low-tech focused content creators :)

TIL: PeerTube (lemmy.world)
submitted 3 days ago by nikaaa@lemmy.world to c/solarpunk

There is a decentralized YouTube alternative.

Video hosting is notoriously expensive. PeerTube circumvents this problem, because videos aren't stored on some single server, which would cause high bandwidth cost for the server operator, but largely by the users after they watched them, similar to BitTorrent. This way, the cost of video hosting is distributed among the clients, by using their internet connectivity for sharing.

I believe that PeerTube is an interesting project, and I'd ask you to check it out. It's cool.

Similar to Lemmy, it's not a single running server, but rather a software that can be used to set up a server. So there's many instances. I'm still exploring which instances are interesting. If you have any recommendations, I'd like to hear them.

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by jeffhykin@lemm.ee to c/solarpunk

I don't think I've seen any solarpunk art (much less real world construction) with transparent wood, so I wanted to share

Not only is transparent wood real but apparently it has been around in labs for a bit. Take a look! (And let me know if this is old news for you)

Article: https://arstechnica.com/science/2023/12/why-scientists-are-making-transparent-wood/

Wikipedia with video: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transparent_wood_composite

Original paper publication: https://45-79-48-20.ip.linodeusercontent.com/s/trDsHKKWwsHsQZ5

submitted 1 week ago by nikaaa@lemmy.world to c/solarpunk

I cannot explain why but I feel that this belongs here.

What is shown is some kind of re-interpretation of the "princess and the pea" saga. Instead of showing the princess' over-sensitivity to small things, it displays the princess' love for plants and nature. In this way, sensitivity is interpreted and seen as something positive, which I can appreciate.

geteilt von: https://lemmy.ml/post/16677826

Watercolors and colored pencils

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by Five to c/solarpunk

The Yippies were a counter-cultural group from the US-Vietnam war era, and were famously prosecuted by the state as part of the Chicago Seven after experiencing a police riot during the protest against the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Great read: Low-Tech Magazin (solar.lowtechmagazine.com)
submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by Teppichbrand@feddit.de to c/solarpunk

Not sure how popular this is. I really like their content, fits perfectly in here.

submitted 2 weeks ago by anzo@programming.dev to c/solarpunk

cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/10182171

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution by Pëtr Kropotkin

submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by Five to c/solarpunk

Canonical YouTube link

We've arranged a society based on science and technology, in which nobody understands anything about science technology. And this combustible mixture of ignorance and power, sooner or later, is going to blow up in our faces.


submitted 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago) by gandalf_der_12te@discuss.tchncs.de to c/solarpunk


This is not intended as "how to grow all your food you ever need at home".

It merely provides the vegetables.

You still have to get your grains (and therefore the majority of your calories) from somewhere else.

geteilt von: https://lemmy.ca/post/22193783

submitted 2 weeks ago by poVoq to c/solarpunk
submitted 2 weeks ago by anarchotoothbrushist@lemmy.ml to c/solarpunk
submitted 2 weeks ago by quercus to c/solarpunk

In this revelatory work, Ruha Benjamin calls on us to take imagination seriously as a site of struggle and a place of possibility for reshaping the future.

A world without prisons? Ridiculous. Schools that foster the genius of every child? Impossible. Work that doesn’t strangle the life out of people? Naive. A society where everyone has food, shelter, love? In your dreams. Exactly. Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University professor, insists that imagination isn’t a luxury. It is a vital resource and powerful tool for collective liberation. Imagination: A Manifesto is her proclamation that we have the power to use our imaginations to challenge systems of oppression and to create a world in which everyone can thrive. But obstacles abound. We have inherited destructive ideas that trap us inside a dominant imagination. Consider how racism, sexism, and classism make hierarchies, exploitation, and violence seem natural and inevitable—but all emerged from the human imagination. The most effective way to disrupt these deadly systems is to do so collectively. Benjamin highlights the educators, artists, activists, and many others who are refuting powerful narratives that justify the status quo, crafting new stories that reflect our interconnection, and offering creative approaches to seemingly intractable problems. Imagination: A Manifesto offers visionary examples and tactics to push beyond the constraints of what we think, and are told, is possible. This book is for anyone who is ready to take to heart Toni Morrison’s instruction: “Dream a little before you think.”

submitted 3 weeks ago by dillekant to c/solarpunk

OK I haven't seen the whole thing yet but I'm at the point of the video where I think she's going to say "Solarpunk" and I'm excite!

submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by andrewrgross to c/solarpunk

cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/10045103

The vote to elect a new chair of the Pacifica Grid closes in four days, and an auditor thinks there's something suspicious going on. Records of an incident for the lead candidate's past have been destroyed in a cyberattack, and the manager responsible for the files is being mysteriously tight lipped. Keeping power in the right hands requires answers, and it's going to take a few determined problem solvers to get them!

After releasing the core game manual a week ago, we've now released our first playable adventure. It's a concise little one-shot that can be played in 2-4 hours, written specifically as an easy entry point into the game's world and rules.

Like the game itself, it's FREE! So check it out, tell your friends, and if you like this weird little story of hard-science sci-fi intrigue, please leave us a rating and review!


submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by Potatos_are_not_friends@lemmy.world to c/solarpunk

in three years [the solar panels] generated enough savings to transform the district’s $250,000 budget deficit into a $1.8 million surplus.”

submitted 3 weeks ago by anzo@programming.dev to c/solarpunk

cross-posted from: https://lemmy.blahaj.zone/post/12660948

Deceleration: Notes on anarchism and degrowth

submitted 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago) by stabby_cicada to c/solarpunk

Text reads:

I'm sure you may have seen a lot of "how to inoculate yourself against climate disinformation" posts, but we're experiencing a huge amount of content paid for by Fossil Fuel Interest's to put pressure on the internet. And it's been really concentrated for a few months.

The funding is pushing for a cultural shift for people who are undecided in the climate conversation and are possibly more easily swayed. And it's important to remember, fossil fuel interests wouldn't pay for it if they didn't need it.

Most of the disinfo looks like "yeah climate change is real but we can't possibly do anything to fix it" or "these solutions simply don't work." about solutions that are tried and true. They look a lot like nuanced takes, but specifically are trying to motivate inaction.

So if you wake up today and ask "what can I do today that makes a difference?" is honestly post a lot to tip the scales regarding the presentation climate solutions. Silly or serious, for example posting about renewables getting you excited, community food forests that are feeding people, cool solutions to targeting methane, etc. Post about a climate book or show you liked, or whatever. Just make sure it's clear to an onlooker that there are people who believe climate change is anthropogenic, it was mostly caused by extractive practices and fossil fuel use, and that we can still demand rapid action to fix it. And all of this is true, because the science supports it.

submitted 3 weeks ago by andrewrgross to c/solarpunk

cross-posted from: https://slrpnk.net/post/9827132

Guess what?


Fully Automated RPG is now available for "purchase" on DriveThruRPG!


If you haven't yet had a look, check us out now! The book is free as in speech, and free as in beer! And if you like what you see, please rate us, review us, and tell your friends! (or foes!)

submitted 4 weeks ago* (last edited 4 weeks ago) by FarfromKnowhere to c/solarpunk

Hi everyone! A bit over a month ago I made a survey about Solarpunk and shared it here. Now, I finally present you the findings of the survey! I am adding a few pics here for a preview and if you are interested, go check the link where there is a full description of the findings!!

full findings: https://thesolarpunksurvey2024.carrd.co/

submitted 4 weeks ago by AEMarling to c/solarpunk

We’re about to begin Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer. Set in the year 2454, the Earth of the Terra Ignota quartet has seen several centuries of near-total peace and prosperity.

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