Solarpunk? Huh? What dat?
There's some interesting ideas / ideals rolled out, and some reheated (see what I did there?) 1st-gen environmentalist stuff, but reviewed thru the lens of "cheap rooftop solar"...
They're notes, really, rather than a full-on manifesto - and my own response is equally sketchy.
He may want to rethink his intro though - it smacks of privilege: "It’s hard out here for futurists under 30." Buddy, it's hard out there for people on zero-hours contracts, families raising kids in Year Austerity Plus Six, etc...
Still, this I like a lot, though: "it’s an opposition that begins with infrastructure as a form of resistance."
But, "1800s age-of-sail / frontier living (but with more bicycles)" hmmmmkindaplays into the hands of tea-leafers, weekend-survivalists and neolib narratives: "Hey, look, there's a bunch of people out there who wanna do it all themselves and for free..." More ammo to cut healthcare (or not get it in the first place), welfare, etc. You have to be wary of not singing backing vocals on their songs... but, point taken, dude: "But one of the healthy things about local resilience is that it puts you in a much better bargaining position against the people who might want to shut you off."
Unsurprisingly, Adam Flynn "lives in San Francisco" - that's not a snark so much as I'd like to see how these values might transmigrate to Croydon, Salford or Smalltown UK rather than the Bay Area, or how solarpunk could move from a loose formation of aesthetic tropes to real social action.