Have you ever wondered why Swedish youngster Greta Thunberg took to the streets, why 7-year-old Bana al-Abed made a documentary on her life, or why Malala Yousafzai wrote a pseudonym blog for the BBC Urdu? It's not because they wanted fame or glory (not at all!). It's because they wanted to make this world a better place.
Rafael Albornoz/Unsplash | Solarpunk is an ideology around sustainability that’s capturing the imagination of people around the world
Sustainability isn’t just about protecting nature; it's about coexisting with it. It's about saving our present to have a less troublesome future. And the more people have started understanding it, the more they're joining the drive to make it happen.
The trend, known as “Solarpunk” is quickly catching on as an aesthetic movement. It's a dream where technology and nature join hands to make a harmonious life possible. But the quintessential question remains how beneficial is this ideology really. Well, let's find out.
From a gloomy today to a brighter tomorrow
The term Solarpunk, which came to light in 2008 with the blog Republic of the Bees, promotes a world where the future is bright and beautiful, unlike the current representation in most Sci-Fi movies.
Over the past years, several on-screen depictions have encouraged pessimism about the world’s future. Though some people would love to put themselves in such terrifying situations, right now, it's honestly the last thing any of us needs!
With so much already going around, it has become difficult for people to cling to hope. And watching such content would only push them into a darker place.
In such gloomy times, ideologies like Solarpunk emerge as shining rays of hope. They have the power to bring back optimism in people and motivate them to dream about a world without problems or worries.
In fact, the movement has already started showing its effect in several countries. A few creative minds across the world have already starting depicting what Solarpunk looks like in reality.
They've created places like the Golden Bridge in Vietnam and the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, which instill hope in people that tomorrow promises more. Many upcoming projects of MAD architects, like Hyperions by Vincent Callebaut, also emphasize that coexistence is the future.
And it doesn't end there! Authors like Kim Stanley Robinson and Octavia E. Butler have shown through their creations that our future can be compelling if we dream of it like that. Movies like Black Panther have also pushed people to dream bigger and better.
Entertainers and Artists can boost the Solarpunk movement
For centuries, the entertainment and the fine arts industries have been guiding us. They've been pushing us to have a bigger approach to life. When it comes to boosting the Solarpunk movement too, it's believed that they can create something that leaves a mark on people.
They can force them to question their regular practices, harming the environment and leading them towards an era where harmony and brotherhood are pillars of strength. We’re keeping our fingers crossed!