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It’s easier than you think because conflict is through character. If you start off by creating a solid character then conflict will automatically grow. Secondly just because you have a Solarpunk or Utopian world doesn’t mean there are no conflicts.
Climate change is our present and our future. Writing Climate Fiction in the Age of Climate Disaster is a six session creative writing course that focuses on writing stories that center climate and climate change.
This is a movie that lived in dystopia, but it didn’t end there. It ended with optimism, hope, and a beautiful, new, utopian world.
How do we build harmony between humanity, technology, and nature?
How do we ensure the utopian worlds we are building aren’t, in fact, dystopian nightmares?
What if humans came together to solve the climate crisis? What if people from marginalized groups all felt safe in society? The solarpunk genre imagines creative answers to these questions.
Utopianism doesn’t have be to pie in the sky and impractical. It doesn’t have to be unachievable. Real utopia can exist. We can imagine a better future and create a new world for the next generations.
Rather than looking to the past and reimaging history into alternative futures, solarpunk looks directly into the future in search of something brighter.
If the futures we imagine aren’t accessible, and if they don’t go out of their way to include and make space for these communities, then the worlds we are building can’t by any right be called utopian.