(1/3) I've been meaning to write about this for awhile, but something came up in tumblr, which I'm not gonna go into details, but I'm fuming a bit right now, so pardon if this comes up as bit incoherent.

But solarpunk as a movement has few major issues, and one of them is americentrism. I want to believe people are not doing it intentionally, but majority of problems and solutions and DIYs and etc discussed, are only applicable in USA. For example, when discussing colonialism and oppression, people are very eager to force how they are on USA to other countries. That's just not how it works. Yes, I profit from colonialism by default, whether I want or not, but to say I live on stolen land isn't the truth, at least not in the same way as in America. Yes, Finland has major problem with oppressing minorities (historically Sámi, Karelians and Romani, for example), but Finns didn't come out of nowhere few hundred years ago.

(2/3) There's been people on current Finland's soil at least since the latest ice age (there might have been before that, but couple kilometers thick ice sheet has a tendency to ruble things up). That means around 11 000 years ago. Over time, those people became what we now call Sámi, Karelians and Finns. Also, until bit over 100 years ago, there was no country called Finland. Before that, peoole living here were either under Swedish, Russian or Soviet rule. I won't pretend I'm expert on this matter, so I can't say how things turned out to be how they are now, but you should already see how the setting isn't the same as in USA.

And this is just example of one issue on one small country on the north edge of Europe. I'm pretty sure there are countless examples all over the damn planet.

(3/3) I was meaning to make this longer with more examples, but now I've ran out of spoons. The point is, while it's easy to think what you see around you is all there is, there's rest of the planet out there. Even something as "simple" as transportation or community might work drastically different elsewhere, and we'd spare ourselves from lot's of miscommunications and arguments if people just sometimes reminded themselves, that things might be different elsewhere.

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Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.