Solarpunk is a movement centered on using and being affected by the use of renewable resources with a focus on decentralization, ?community activism, social justice and civic empowerment. A recognition that economic, social, and ecological injustices are all deeply inter-connected.

Embracing approachable, personal technology and envisioning a world in which the detritus of consumer culture is appropriated and repurposed toward the reconstruction of a devastated ecology.

Solarpunk imagery, with a lot of plantlife in a carless urban environment, is getting more and more recognizable. Since permacomputing is concerned about many difficult topics such as resource use minimization, scarcity and even collapse, it may be a good idea to compensate for this by allying with Solarpunk and its bright and hopeful outwards esthetics.

When embracing Solarpunk, however, there are some pitfalls. First, it is important to separate it from greenwashed technofuturism (which looks more sterile and corporate but is nevertheless often called Solarpunk). Second, one should perhaps not look too closely into the technological details of Solarpunk works (that may have standard sci-fi tropes such as screens projected in the thin air) but rather take it as a general mood and mindset.

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