EVERYBODY: Go check out this post, "Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto." It's short, you have time. Look at the Tumblr post that inspired it, because that's mostly just images that suggest a really cool proposed genre. Not sure how late to the party I am on this, but it's really exciting -- this is the first concrete suggestion I've seen for optimistic SF in the 21st century.
Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have. [...]
[...] There’s an oppositional quality to solarpunk, but it’s an opposition that begins with infrastructure as a form of resistance. We’re already seeing it in the struggles of public utilities to deal with the explosion in rooftop solar. “Dealing with infrastructure is a protection against being robbed of one’s self-determination,” said Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, MS, and he was right. Certainly there are good reasons to have a grid, and we don’t want it to rot away, 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 (We’re looking at you, Detroit).