Solarpunk is the utopian social and literary movement that our age needs.
It doesn't matter whether "you're black or white, Hispanic, Asian or Native American, young or old, rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight"… Solarpunk is for you.
Like the American Dream, Solarpunk is also about "making it".
The difference is that Solarpunk is not about making it as an individual but as a society.
Solarpunk imagines sustainable urban societies for the future. Unlike dystopian eco-literature genres that predict Earth is bound to an environmental apocalypse, Solarpunk believes that is possible to live in harmony with the planet again.
Earth can be “detoxed” via innovative technology and collective effort. Its main source of power is the sun, hence the term solar, coupled with a strong resistance to current, unsustainable practices, hence “punk.”
In a Solarpunk society, the disabled, be it physical or mental, are not marginalized from common spaces or common experiences. Any type of marginalization is against the Solarpunk spirit. Solarpunk’s main engine is technology, which builds bridges between the abled and disabled, a union currently underachieved.
Most of the time we take for granted our functioning five senses, our healthy walking legs, and “normal” brains. Solarpunk takes into consideration that not everyone is born with such functions or ends up keeping them their whole lives.
Everything in Solarpunk imaginary cities is inclusive, sustainable, ecological, and has been thought through to the grittiest details.
All buildings have textures on the sides from which blind people can tell what the building is by touching them; whether it’s a supermarket, a school, or the post office.
People who don’t know sign language are still able to communicate with mute and deaf people because “solarphones” translate gestures and words on the spot, allowing them to have a seamless conversation.
Every home and building is designed to accommodate all types of disabilities. For example, bathrooms can become adapted for a disability with a press of a button and return to the original design when necessary. Same goes for elevator chairs.
There are many safe spaces around the city for epileptics and people with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) to go to if the sensory stimuli become too overwhelming. Special devices will warn people about possible triggers.
The high presence of plants and the absence of noise and pollution from transport should generally decrease anxiety and stress in the population or help people cope with it.
At the moment, Solarpunk cities are just fictional, but they can help us to imagine and build the real-life,inclusive spaces of the future.