Solarpunk Futurism Seems Optimistic and Whimsical. But Not Really. - A well-articulated perspective on a movement that, regrettably, is often simplified to its most stereotypical elements

Imagining Solarpunk purely as a pleasant aesthetic undermines its inherently radical implications. At its core, and despite its appropriation, Solarpunk imagines an end to the global capitalist system that has resulted in the environmental destruction seen today. … Many solarpunks agree that the ‘punk’ element becomes clear when they go past the movement’s visuals and into the nitty gritty. Solarpunk is radical in that it imagines a society where people and the planet are prioritized over the individual and profit.