Here’s a good definition from the BBC’s Technology of Business reporter earlier this summer:
What is solarpunk and can it help save the planet?
Lush green communities with roof top gardens, floating villages, transport fuelled by clean energy and hope-filled sci-fi tales. Imagine a world in which existing technologies are deployed for the greater good of both people and the planet.
It’s called solarpunk. The term, coined in 2008, refers to an art movement which broadly envisions how the future might look if we lived in harmony with nature in a sustainable and egalitarian world.
“Solarpunk is really the only solution to the existential corner of climate disaster we have backed ourselves into as a species,” says Michelle Tulumello, a solarpunk art teacher in New York state. “If we wish to survive and keep some of the things we care about on the earth with us, it involves a necessary fundamental alteration in our world view where we change our outlook completely from competitive to cooperative.”
But what impact is this burgeoning, utopian, movement having on the technology industry? Are they inspired? Are they even listening?
And here is a piece from Michelle Tulumello:
“The solarpunk aesthetic depicts nature and technology in harmony”