Solarpunk Resources

Books

Podcasts

  • Climate One
    • A podcast addressing climate change and it’s influence on energy, water, food, and politics
    • Geared for effective altruists, Future Perfect explores what things we can do to exact the most good on the world.
    • Looking at policy experiments around the world to see if they actually work
  • The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
    • Three different podcasts are run by ILSR focusing on building strong and resilient towns
  • Shift Up Podcast
    • This podcast is biking-specific, and is a mix of advocacy, policy, and bike shop advice. It is particularly focused on making a more inclusive bike industry for women-identifying and trans people.
  • Solarpunk Press
    • Eleven different issues/episodes of solarpunk fiction available in both text and audio formats
  • Strong Towns Podcast
    • Another podcast focusing on building strong local communities regardless of your political background
  • Team Human
    • Team Human asks, “Are you using technology, or is it using you?”
  • Unchained
    • Start with Crypto 101 and go from there to learn more about what’s happening in the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain
  • The War on Cars
    • How urban planning can save us from these metal beasts

Software

Websites

  • Appropedia
    • A wiki about appropriate technology
  • Drawdown
    • Project Drawdown may be the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.
  • Dystopias Now by Kim Stanley Robinson
    • “Or maybe we should just give up entirely on optimism or pessimism—we have to do this work no matter how we feel about it. So by force of will or the sheer default of emergency we make ourselves have utopian thoughts and ideas.”
  • Explainer: ‘Solarpunk’, or How to be an Optimistic Radical
    • Survey piece comparing solarpunk to its punk forbears
  • In the Mesh
  • Is Ornamenting Solar Panels a Crime?
    • Article outlining the genesis of solarpunk
  • Little Free Pantry
    • A Little Free Library to combat food waste
  • METAEFFICIENT – A Guide to Efficient Living
    • Reviews and news on renewable energy, rechargeable batteries, and other exciting solarpunk-related technologies.
  • MissOliviaLouise
    • This post is considered to be the seed that grew to the art nouveau-influenced aesthetic of some solarpunk
  • National Geographic’s Sustainable City of the Future
    • National Geographic asked experts at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) how they would design a city of the future, educated by lessons of the past and anticipating challenges of the future.
  • New Dream Resources
    • Videos, webinars, and blog posts about the cooperative economy. Especially good resources for community solar and how to envision an economy beyond growth-based models.
  • New School’s Platform Cooperativism
    • The New School has a website devoted to the development of platform cooperatives including a directory of current businesses using this model.
  • No Tech Magazine
    • The outlet that introduced me to solarpunk. They have a focus on appropriate technology and asking important questions regarding our current political/technological/social state
  • P2P Foundation
    • The P2P Foundation provides resources for those interested in peer-to-peer and commons-based businesses and governance
  • The Rules Blog
    • A blog asking big questions about society with a focus on universal basic income (UBI), technology, and globalization.
  • ROAR Magazine
    • An independently-funded news agency dedicated to democracy, including municipalism.
  • Solarpunk Anarchist
    • One of the most popular solarpunk blogs out there. Discusses important topics in solarpunk living and policy through an anarchist lens.
  • Solarpunk: A Reference Guide
    • A nearly-exhaustive list of happenings in solarpunk dating back to 2008
  • Solarpunk Druid
    • Solarpunk blog from the UK with insightful articles on our relationship with technology and the environment
  • Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto
    • This is one of the earliest pieces about the solarpunk ethos
  • Waging Nonviolence
    • News and analysis about movements for peace and justice
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