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Desert solar

Department of Floristic Welfare 2022

The mission of the Department of Floristic Welfare is to protect the natural world by disrupting extractive capitalism to resist oppression and ecocide. Working with the botanical world, we recognize that plants and their kin exist not as resources to be managed, but as beings that deserve to live and die well together. Across the Mojave Desert, large-scale solar is proposed as a solution to climate change and a way to meet California’s energy goals, however numerous studies have determined that these farms are environmentally destructive and energetically inefficient. Industrial scale solar farms will destroy critical habitats and many thousands of threatened Joshua trees. Each Joshua tree requires a permit for removal accompanied by a fee which can be as high as several thousand dollars. These fees are then used to purchase and protect other prime Joshua tree habitats, a version of capitalist driven species conservation.


What if a field of baby Joshua trees were planted overnight on pre-developed solar sites driving up the cost? What kind of tools exist at the nexus of ecological restoration, activism, and institutional interventions? With widespread increasing surveillance, what kind of camouflage is needed for someone to safely undertake these planting interventions? 

Decentralized desert solar belongs on rooftops, parking structures, and degraded landscapes.

Dept of Floristic Welfare desk
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