“We’re Solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.”
“The heartbeat of Solarpunk is looking to the future with optimism.”
“The choice to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle, the choice to resist the current lifestyle and the choice to make a change for a better future.”
There is a very colourful and positive aesthetic which might be just the thing for Sidmouth:
In fact, you could say that it’s doing very well here already…
Solarpunk is an optimistic view of the future with a focus on sustainability and equity. It is a green, inviting place with people who aren’t scared to innovate no matter the circumstance or what already exists. It emphasizes handcrafts and celebrates local businesses. The aesthetic – to me – has a lot of green and warm colors, takes inspiration from art nouveau, art deco and nature.
So, yes, very Sidmouth!
- We’re going green with our various new projects: Friends of Glen Goyle – A Vision Group for Sidmouth initiative and Sid Valley Biodiversity Group
- We’ve got a tradition of ‘equity’ with the Non-conformist traditions here
- We’re traditional certainly, but don’t shy of innovation – as with new festivals, new groups, new ideas
- We have Art Nouveau or Art Deco in Sidmouth: The Whoops-a-Daisy shop on the square! And the Cinema! And the Kinsgwood & Devoran Hotel and Hotel Elizabeth on The Esplanade! photo: © Ian Capper cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland
There are lots of opportunities for dressing up:
It emphasises vintage clothing as well as sustainable fashion:
And as such fits in very well with the Sidmouth Folk Week aesthetic:
It’s certainly very Sustainable Sidmouth:
… the most basic definition of solarpunk—offered by musician and photographer Jay Springett—is that it is a movement in speculative fiction, art, fashion and activism “that seeks to answer and embody the question ‘what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?’”
But it’s definitely not about “doing without”: where’s the fun in that?!
Try a DIY terracotta heater:
Or a whole load of brilliant, inspiring ideas:
Finally, Sidmouth has never wanted to “do without”
- With plenty of posh places – from Neal’s fish restaurant to the Cricket Club to Field’s department store
- And lots of looking after those who don’t have so much – from the Food Bank to Sid Valley Help Links
- And a good make-do-and-mend ethic – as shown by the Repair Café
It’s all there:
“WE’RE SOLARPUNKS BECAUSE THE ONLY OTHER OPTIONS ARE DENIAL OR DESPAIR.”
Solarpunk poses an interesting and new take on the problems we are facing in this century. The beauty of Solarpunk lies in its non-restrictive and varying aesthetics. All parts of this movement aim towards achieving a bright and welcoming future for everyone. From fashion to music, as long as it follows the core values, anyone can be a part of this positive movement. Adam Flynn of ASU’s Hieroglyph writes, “We’re Solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair.” The heartbeat of Solarpunk is looking to the future with optimism and people moving towards more conscious consumption. To make a choice. The choice to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle, the choice to resist the current lifestyle and the choice to make a change for a better future. With all the existing troubling topics that we are bombarded with every day, Solarpunk provides solace in its hope for a better future.