story idea: a world after the en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_ .

The satellites fell into each other, the orbit is just a cloud of shrapnel. We can't catch them all and won't be able to launch anything for the next 500 years or so.

We're grounded, for being a bad civilization not thinking about consequences.

Infrastructurally it's not good, but it's not an all-out apocalypse. Planes still fly, ships still sail, even if slower. No weather monitoring or satellite photography though.

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What interests me in this world though is the powerful symbolism and the philosophical, spiritual meaning:

We're grounded. Literally. Figuratively.

We have the next few hundred years to sort out our problems of being an unsustainable civilization without orbital umbrellas, just by _being better_. This can breed a new, powerful social movement, with a huge and grim reminder visible every day: the skies beyond are not for us. Not for the next few generations.

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I think such a world has a huge potential for optimism: the universality of the belief that we need to be better. Getting us out of our stagnation.

No more Muskian dreams of Mars, our hopes for Space shattered for half a millenium at least. No asteroid mining.

We need to do better with what we have.

We are grounded, but we are alive and we can fix our mistakes.

@alxd But isn't #solarpunk already about realistic approaches (that do not destroy earth).
And all external stimuli for it like wide-spread wildfires are already in place.
So I doubt a bit that an event like that would change much in the sense of behavior of the most.

@lakoja @alxd narratives matter a great deal, and solarpunk offers some damn great narratives.

@lakoja my take is that is about realism and extending our perspectives to what we cannot imagine - and what we cannot see around us right now.

I have a collection of realistic story ideas ( alxd.org/22-solarpunk-communit ), but I think there is a lot to be explored in how Big Events and their effect on societies.

An event like this could change a lot by showing people that we can think differently, the same way Covid showed us we don't need to be only about work and infinite growth.

@lakoja I think there's a lot of space for exploration in this.

There's a point why it's so hard to imagine a better future, a world where we deal with Big Problems: we tend to default to apocalypses.

Instead, we could explore: what if we take a traumatic societal event and treat it as a lesson?

If we have this research done, stories ready in the popular culture, the next time something like this happens, more people can start thinking like this, without fatalism and giving up.

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