23 episodes

What is Solarpunk? Why does it matter?

In this series we discuss Solarpunk as a movement within art, literature, and activism. We explore its themes and talk about what separates it from its genre peers. Each episode explores a writing prompt set in a Solarpunk aesthetic with examples and inspirations from our world today.

Based upon story prompts created by Paweł Ngei⁩.

Episode transcripts available here

New logo and cover image by Natalia Vish (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Solarpunk Prompts James Tomasino

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What is Solarpunk? Why does it matter?

In this series we discuss Solarpunk as a movement within art, literature, and activism. We explore its themes and talk about what separates it from its genre peers. Each episode explores a writing prompt set in a Solarpunk aesthetic with examples and inspirations from our world today.

Based upon story prompts created by Paweł Ngei⁩.

Episode transcripts available here

New logo and cover image by Natalia Vish (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

    Season 2 Introduction

    Season 2 Introduction

    Season 2 Introduction

    Welcome back to season two of Solarpunk Prompts. In this brief introduction to the season we talk about the “punk” in Solarpunk, and the need for continuity between our world today and the good place to come.

    Transcript: https://wiki.tomasino.org/writing/Solarpunk-Prompts---Season-2-Introduction

    Links mentioned:


    Solarpunk - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solarpunk

    In our first season - https://podcast.tomasino.org/@SolarpunkPrompts/episodes?season=1

    National Novel Writing Month - https://nanowrimo.org/


    Music from:
    The Roche Limit by State Azure - https://stateazure.bandcamp.com/track/the-roche-limit
    (CC-BY-SA)

    • 9 min
    The Moonshot

    The Moonshot

    The Moonshot
    How can Solarpunk address the problems of a massive project, like travel to the moon? Will the genre crumble under the need for macro-level power and industry? Come explore the latest story prompt and dream of a future together.

    Transcript: https://wiki.tomasino.org/writing/Solarpunk-Prompts---The-Moonshot

    Links mentioned:

    Our world energy production - https://ourworldindata.org/energy-mix

    Frying potatos in space - https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Research/Flying_frying_in_microgravity

    Our Shared Storm - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58690965-our-shared-storm

    “Terra Ignota” tetralogy by Ada Palmer - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114545-too-like-the-lightning


    Music from:
    ‘Last And First Light’ and ‘Artemis’ by Scott Buckley - www.scottbuckley.com.au
    (CC-BY 4.0)

    • 11 min
    The Disabled Community

    The Disabled Community

    The Disabled Community

    How will our Solarpunk future be shaped by the tenacity and activism of the disabled community? What role does inclusivity and accessibility play in creating that future vision? What new challenges await us all?

    Special thanks to Martyna Lysiakiewicz for a sensitivity read.

    Transcript: https://wiki.tomasino.org/writing/Solarpunk-Prompts---The-Disabled-Community

    Links mentioned:


    Defying Doomsday - http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/

    2022 report - https://accesstomedicinefoundation.org/resource/what-are-pharma-companies-doing-to-expand-access-to-insulin-and-how-can-efforts-be-scaled-up

    Access to Medicine Foundation - https://accesstomedicinefoundation.org

    99% Invisible - https://99percentinvisible.org

    Curb Cuts - https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/curb-cuts/

    Carol J. Gill - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11435/


    Music from:

    ‘Adrift Among Infinite Stars’ and ‘Bring Me The Sky’ by Scott Buckley, released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

    • 12 min
    The Pharmacists

    The Pharmacists

    The Pharmacists

    How will access to pharmaceuticals impact the Solarpunk future? In this prompt we explore data miners seeking to liberate the data buried by intellectual property to find new cures and hopes for their communities. We also discuss the state of the pharma industry in the global south and how the reality of today shapes the futures of tomorrow.

    Transcript: https://wiki.tomasino.org/writing/Solarpunk-Prompts---The-Pharmacists

    Links mentioned:


    …because they are too cheap - https://www.economist.com/international/2019/09/14/a-dire-scarcity-of-drugs-is-worsening-in-part-because-they-are-so-cheap

    Malaria could be eradicated by 2050 - https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/9/10/20857132/malaria-eradication-2050-gene-drive-lancet-study


    Music in this episode is:
    “$50 to Breathe”, “It Will Make You Feel Better If You Put It In the Right Place”, and “I Refuse to Accept That There’s Nothing I Can Do About It”
    from Angie’s Sunday Service by Chris Zabriskie
    (CC BY 3.0 Deed)

    • 10 min
    The Miners

    The Miners

    The Miners

    Rare earth metals are essential for our modern life, whether in EV motors, cell phones, or in electronics in general. Mining these metals is notoriously difficult and dirty. How might a Solarpunk future address this issue? How might we get there from where we are today? Through this prompt we explore the realities of rare earth mining today and a few ways it might evolve into a sustainable future.

    Transcript: https://wiki.tomasino.org/writing/Solarpunk-Prompts---The-Miners

    Links mentioned:



    https://www.escatec.com/blog/rare-earth-elements-electronics-manufacturing


    https://getrepowered.org/rare-earth-metals-recycle-technology/


    https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2019/3/234917-electronics-need-rare-earths/abstract


    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/rare-earth-mining-renewable-energy-future


    https://www.snexplores.org/article/recycling-rare-earth-elements-hard-reuse-greener-technology


    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2213297X1730054X


    https://www.ica.coop/en/cooperatives/cooperative-identity


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Bookchin


    Music in this episode is:
    “Golden” and “Kelp Grooves” by Little Glass Men
    (CC BY)

    • 11 min
    The Epidemiologists

    The Epidemiologists

    The Epidemiologists

    How will a Solarpunk future address community distrust in public health? How will we restore faith in vaccines or heal the long history of abuse of minority and indiginous peoples? Is it hopeless? Today’s episode of Solarpunk Prompts takes a look at difficult themes and finding a better future.

    Transcript: https://wiki.tomasino.org/writing/Solarpunk-Prompts---The-Epidemiologists

    Links mentioned:



    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-485129230


    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6768751


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_Syphilis_Study


    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2702151/


    https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2023/07/13/nation-world-news/canadas-indigenous-women-forcibly-sterilized-decades-after-other-rich-countries-stopped/


    Music in this episode is:
    Suspension and Homage by Kjartan Abel
    (CC BY-SA 4.0)

    • 10 min

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