Code of Values, Ethics & Conduct
The Solarpunk Conference is designed and run based on our shared core values, and run under the following Code of Ethics and Conduct. All organizers, presenters, facilitators, volunteers and attendees are required to follow the Code of Ethics at all times, and failure to do so may result in consequences including, but not limited to expulsion from the Conference.
A breach of this Code of Ethics and Conduct may result in immediate expulsion from the Conference, at the conference coordinators’ discretion, without refund of ticket fee, or compensation for speaking services provided. Expulsion in this way is non-appealable.
Coordinators, volunteers, presenters, and attendees will be referred to under the collective of “Participants” throughout this document, unless otherwise specified.
Guiding Values & Ethics
Guiding Value I. Environmental Justice
The Solarpunk Conference is dedicated to intersectional environmental justice. While there are many different definitions of Intersectional Environmental Justice, at its core Intersectional Environmental Justice can be understood as an understanding and approach to environmental issues that identifies systemic inequities and oppression as inherently interconnected to the drivers of environmental issues, and seeks to address these systemic inequities and oppression in the approaches used to tackle environmental issues.
An overview of these principles, as outlined by Amorim-Maia et al. (2022) includes:
Intersectional Climate Justice
Tackle underlying systemic reinforcers of racial and gender inequalities
Redress drivers of differential vulnerabilities
Take politics and ethics of care seriously
Adopt place-based and place-making approaches
Promote cross-identity climate action and community resilience building
This diagram in Amorim-Maia et al.’s 2022 article “Intersectional climate justice: A conceptual pathway for bridging adaptation planning, transformative action, and social equity” provides an excellent visual aid for understanding Intersectional Environmental Justice:
For Participants, this means that you should be aware of intersectional environmental justice principles. Any work shared or done at the Conference should be pursued in good faith, and should seek to promote, either in its workings, results, or distributions, a restorative environmental life practice.
Participants should value all living things, and work to build paths for a balance between people and our shared biosphere. If Participants are not able to internalize these beliefs and practices, they should at least not actively work against them during or at the Conference.
Guiding Value II. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
The Solarpunk Conference is a space that celebrates diversity and inclusion, while expressly condemning and barring bigotry of all kinds. We assert that diversity is a strength, and commit ourselves to actively include people with a variety of identities and life experiences. The Solarpunk Conference aims to be an event that is accessible to all its members to equitably participate, and treats all its members with respect.
Participants should work to hold each other accountable and collaborate to maintain the shared safety of all participants. Reproductions of systemic forms of violence are expressly banned, including but not limited to ableism, bullying, colonialism and imperialism, fascism, homophobia, racism, sexism, and transphobia.
Any participants that engage in harmful behaviour that violates our guiding values and Code of Ethics and Conduct will face disciplinary action such as, but not limited to, immediate expulsion from the Conference, at the conference coordinators’ discretion, without refund of ticket fee, or compensation for speaking services provided. Harmful behaviours can include, but are not limited to: bullying, harassment, unwanted comments on another Participants’ appearance, sexuality, gender, etc., spreading false information or conspiracy theories, comments that support systemic oppression and violence, etc.
Guiding Value III. Personal Integrity and Honesty
The Solarpunk Conference is an event that asks all of its participants to commit to bringing their best selves into this space. All Participants are asked to act with personal integrity, and engaging with one another with honesty and good faith. All Participants are asked to be open to learning and personal growth as we engage with one another, and to work under the assumption that we are acting in good faith.
Guiding Value IV: Confidentiality and Building a Safer Space
The Solarpunk Conference is a space for discussing ideas, but it is also a safe space. Participants are not to reveal personal data about others without the express consent of those others, or without that data being sufficiently anonymized or pseudonymized. If you are uncertain if data has been sufficiently anonymized or pseudonymized, either don’t share it, or feel free to reach out to our EDIA team for clarification.
The Solarpunk Conference aims to cultivate a space that is welcoming and accepting. Behaviors that violate our Code of Ethics and Conduct will not be tolerated.
Guiding Value V: Authenticity and Validity
While Solarpunk is often an imaginative speculative fiction genre (across many mediums), presentations and workshops at the conference should be grounded in fact. Presentations and workshops should be verifiable and truthful, working with either reputable sources or specific personal experience. This Conference is not a platform for spreading misinformation, conspiracy theories, or lies.
Organizers of The Solarpunk Conference assert that they will do their utmost to ensure that all Participants and Organizers follow the Code of Conduct and adhere to the Code of Ethics and Values. In instances where a Participant has breached the Code of Conduct or Code of Ethics and Values, Organizers call on Participants to report this information as soon as possible.
Ana T. Amorim-Maia, Isabelle Anguelovski, Eric Chu, James Connolly,
Intersectional climate justice: A conceptual pathway for bridging adaptation planning, transformative action, and social equity, Urban Climate, Volume 41, 2022, 101053, ISSN 2212-0955, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2021.101053. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212095521002832)
Code of Conduct
All participants are expected to adhere to Code of Values and Ethics and our Code of Conduct. By participating in The Solarpunk Conference, you agree to:
Act in alignment with our Code of Values and Ethics
Engage in behaviour with fellow Participants and community members that is respectful, courteous, and inclusive
Abstain from engaging in any form of bullying or harassment.
Abstain from spreading verifiably false information, such as conspiracy theories, and comments that negate or minimize the harmful impacts of systemic oppression and violence (such as racism, sexism, homophobia, etc.)
Engage in good faith with Organizers and fellow Participants.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately.
We expect participants to follow these rules at conference events, at conference-related social events, and in any conference-related social chats.
Adapted from Conference Code of Conduct (confcodeofconduct.com)