How to be SolarPunk
Disclaimer: Living a SolarPunk lifestyle is an ever-evolving practice. Over the past year and a half, our team has been working on defining the SolarPunk lifestyle with the collaboration of other SolarPunks.
Being a SolarPunk can be explained using a simple acronym: FACTS
FACTS stands for FOOD, ART, CLOTHING, TECHNOLOGY, and SHELTER.
Most of you may be familiar with the term “CyberPunk,” that digital world aesthetic that seems more dystopian than anything else. CyberPunk has been the setting for films like “Ready Player One,” “Blade Runner,” and “Akira.”
“SolarPunk” is an aesthetic and conceptual future like CyberPunk. Still, instead, it embodies a beautiful envisioning of a world where technology, nature, and individuals are healthier and happier alongside one another. Examples of SolarPunk films include “Black Panther,” “WALL-E” Credits, and “Dear Alice.”
Since its inception in the mid-00s, SolarPunk has gained more and more popularity and is widely regarded as the only hope we have for a healthier future. What started as a literary genre is now the blueprint of what many imagine as our reality. SolarPunk embodies the ideologies and creativity needed to allow us all to find a healthy relationship with eachother, nature, and the evergrowing power of technology all in one.
The growing mental health, environmental health, and infrastructure challenges create fear and anxiety for each of us. However, we can fix it once we collectively turn our focus to what we want for ourselves and the future of this world. Fixing these problems is what the SolarPunk movement and being a SolarPunk is all about.