Image from Flickr user Hernan Piñera
Solarnia. A land where all day-to-day life is powered by nothing more than sunshine. It sounds like a mythical, magical kingdom—like Atlantis or Camelot, the stuff of legends.
But it’s not. It’s an idea that Greenpeace has put together to turn the Mediterranean areas that receive the most sunlight into totally solar-powered paradises.
Close your eyes. Now imagine a perfect holiday destination; a peaceful place where you can swim in crystal-clear waters, breathe clean air, enjoy amazing food served by hospitable locals, explore countless islands and walk on exotic beaches.
This place is called Solarnia, a Mediterranean paradise completely powered by clean and safe energy. It has a stable economy and a flourishing tourism industry.
Now, open your eyes. Imagine a place where the sea turned black, where the food is contaminated, where the air is unbreathable, where tourism has died out, and where oil rigs and coal plants are all you can see on the horizon.
This place has no name, it’s a Mediterranean nightmare affected by dirty and dangerous energy, with a degrading economy and no tourism.
The project is taking all sorts of different shapes, including big art installations like this one, which encouraged people to “Quit Dirty Energy”:
And this great Youtube video, reminding viewers of the destructive power of dirty energy. If the name Solnaria sounds familiar, well, that’s on purpose.
On board with this idea? (I know I am—this is the kind of future that is both incredible and achievable.) Sign the petition here to convince Mediterranean authorities to make changes regarding clean energy. You can also follow the Solarnia campaign on the Greenpeace blog!