The solar manifesto

We believe solar is the most natural and humane source of energy. It’s the answer to the smaller question (How to power our life?) and the Big one (How to live it?). As designers, those are the exact questions we pore over every day. How to rhyme the purely practical with societal issues. How to make things and make them meaningful.

Well. With solar.

While the sun was always right there—a source of power and beauty—we waited until the fossil fuels were finally finished to turn to her. Well, now, it’s her turn. 

However, you can’t simply plug the sun into the socket. In come the designers. We who make things and make them better, shape the future. A solar future, which we pledge to make the default option. 

This world has questions. 
We should desire and design new answers. 
Always sunny side up.

The Solar Movement is an initiative from Solar Designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen.

The solar principles

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By adding your name to the list or by signing anonymously, you acknowledge the urgency of solar design and the responsibilities that designers have. You commit to incorporating these principles as much as possible in your design practice or you stimulate solar design in your own field. Your e-mail address will not be used for any purpose other than to keep you informed of the progress of the movement, you can unsubscribe at any time. The Solar Movement is the driving force behind The Solar Biennale and will continue to look for additional ways to spread its message. We appreciate your support in shifting the perspective of solar energy into a meaningful and integrated part of everyone's livelihood.


Contact & Colophon

© The Solar Movement was launched during the first Solar Biennale, October 2022

Project: Joke Hoeven
Graphic design: Ines Cox
Website development: Bram van den Berg

The Solar Movement is an initiative from Solar Designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen. The Solar Manifesto in collaboration with Annelies Desmet & Jill Mathieu (Good Copy Ink)