I’m going to post an update about MESH in a few, but first let’s get to Sci-Friday! Interested in solarpunk? Take a daytrip to a fully-functioning city where the principals of solarpunk are brought to life. Sustainable City in Dubai has 3500 residents and is climbing. Videos like these prove that Solarpunk isn’t fiction; in fact, it’s a cool scifi area worth exploring.
Hold on, you say. What is solarpunk again? According to Wikipedia, Solarpunk is ‘Solarpunk focuses on renewable energies, such as solar and wind power, as well as technology as a whole, to envision a positive future for humanity.’
I’ve yet to see anyone really embrace Solarpunk in a story or movie, but I’m still excited about it for a variety of reasons. One, it’s the polar opposite of cyberpunk and dystopian scifi. Two, it’s less ‘woo’ than Technogaianism.
As a scifi topic, solarpunk isn’t fiction! It only needs a few changes to become real! We can have a cool future if we want to, and projects like Sustainable City are a step toward that possibility.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!