Living Off The Grid

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There are 180,00 families in America living a sustainable lifestyle and roughly around 1.7 billion people worldwide living without depending on the grid. (Palameri 1; Perez qtd. in Wood 1). The number of Eco villages, sustainable and intentional communities are rising across the nation as more people are discovering that they possess a strong inclination to live in the same manner as the Amish. This phenomenon is becoming a progressively popular choice for people from all walks of life. Not only are environmentalists and survivalists escaping the city life in efforts to live off the grid, but single families and people who are seeking to explore a simplified lifestyle are also joining the trend. Living off the grid is slowly becoming more prevalent, and there are a growing number of people embracing this lifestyle because they desire to live The Good Life. Many are discovering ways to appreciate off-grid living, rather than assessing the disadvantages of it. It is obvious that people are removing themselves from the grid in order to combat global warming and climate change, but those who have a stronger appreciation for nature are willing to make sacrifices to live off the grid. People who have a positive attitude toward this way of living are more likely to relate it to pursuing the Good Life. Even though “living completely off the grid isn’t for everyone,” those who dream of living a sustainable lifestyle are determined and fully committed to doing so (Bodkins 1). A vast majority of people dream of becoming wealthy and living lavishly, but that dream does not appeal to everyone. Some people are content without owning a mansion, multiple cars, or earning millions of dollars. Things of monetary worth are not important to those ... ... middle of paper ... ... the Keys to Sustainability. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Print. Palmieri, Nancy. “Off the Grid or on, Solar and Wind Power Gain.” USA Today 12 April 2006. Print. Platt, John. “Going off the grid: Why more people are choosing to live life unplugged.” Mother Nature Network. Mother Nature Network, 14 November 2012. Web. 25 March 2014. Powers, William. Twelve by Twelve: A Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. Novato: New World Library, 2010. Print. Rosen, Nick. Off the Grid: Inside the Movement for More Space, Less Government, and True Independence in Modern America. New York: Penguin, 2010. Print. Thoreau, Henry. Walden or, Life in the Woods. 1854. New York: Dover Publications, 1995. Print. Wood, Jennie. “Living Off the Grid: What Does It Really Mean to Live Off the Grid?” Infoplease © 2000–2007 Pearson Education. Web. 10 April 2014.
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