Solarpunk stands as a response to Cyberpunk and other dystopian artistic movements of the late 20th century. Particularly as the younger generation began to see these dystopians not as aesthetic curtains but potential future outcomes for our future selves or generations. As Flynn Adams puts it, "We're solarpunks because the only other options are denial or despair."
In this regard, Solarpunk is an aesthetic movement in options to transhumanist and singulatarian futurist movements which require unsustainable growth and energy consumption. Nor is Solarpunk an anarcho-primitivst movement which responds to collapse by rejecting the benefits of modern technology for an idealized Edenic times.
Solarpunk focuses on a futurist ideal of sustainable integration of technology and the environment.
- Flynn, Adam. Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto. Hieroglyph. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
- Hayao Miyazaki in Conversation with Roland Kelts. Internet archive. Retrieved 2021-09-19.