What is Solar Punk?
Artists, technologists and futurists tackle the concept of what a regenerative future could like.
What if we solved the climate crisis? What if green design was the norm? What if we created a bold, bright sustainable future for all? What would that look like and feel like? And how do we get there?
The term "solar punk" refers to an artistic, futurist & technological movement that unlocks creativity to think through a sustainable future for all.
From science fiction to green design renderings, solar punk leans into optimism on how we can address climate change. It answers not just what are we fighting against, but what can we create together in a pluralistic, diverse, movement grounded in equity, technology, and beauty.
Much of the creativity is focused on design. Check out the Solar Punk Manifesto here. The idea is to embrace creativity, community, and independence to create a just, green future.
While some of the concepts may be "out there," the reason I love reading about solar punk is to start thinking about what is possible. The Manifesto points out that Solarpunk is "diverse, has room for spirituality and science to coexist, is beautiful, and can happen. Now."
This movement is a good reminder that climate action can create joy.
Democracy can thrive. We can have a world rooted in compassion. Check out & share our instagram post to see some potential designs and learn more.
Ideas on how to explore Solar Punk based on Service Superpower:
Adventurer: Think about inspiring green design or architecture you've seen on travels and share with friends.
Beacon: Take a look at the Solar Punk manifesto and contemplate how green design can center equity and social justice.
Influencer: Take 5 minutes and scan the Solar Punk resources in this reference guide and share any that catch your attention.
Philanthropist: Read this article about joy in climate action by Marigo Farr and talk to your friends and family about organizations or activities that bring joy in your life. Sage:
Spark: Ask your friends what excites them the most about creating a regenerative future? What positive innovation in green technology or design do they think will transform our daily lives in the best way possible?
Sage: Take a 10 minutes and journal about how science and spirituality work in concert in your life. What scientific principles strengthen your faith? How has science made you think differently about spirituality?
Wonk: Read this solar punk article in Grist by Sarena Ulibarri and write down three ideas that you'd like to learn more about.
Heather White is the author of One Green Thing: Discover You Hidden Power to Help Save the Planet and is the founder and CEO of onegreenthing.org.