Could You Handle Living Off The Grid?

I like how this series looks at different parts of society to see how people are living off the grid and the reasons why. Like in this example, the family has no running water, no indoor plumbing, no electricity, no connectivity, yet they feel more connected living in the woods, than they did when they were living like a 'normal' family as a part of society. I find it really interesting how the wife started planting the seeds about the idea, then the husband decided to take the leap of faith and go for it. They have found ways on their own to build all of the structures, as well as little ways of producing quality soil by creating a compost with worms.

The most isolated tribe in the world?

Perhaps no people on Earth remain more genuinely isolated than the Sentinelese. They are thought to be directly descended from the first human populations to emerge from Africa, and have probably lived in the Andaman Islands for up to 55,000 years. The fact that their language is so different even from other Andaman islanders suggests that they have had little contact with other people for thousands of years.

This does not mean, however, that they live just as they did 55,000 years ago. Commonly described, for instance, as belonging to the ‘Stone Age’, they do in fact make tools and weapons from metal, which they recover from ships wrecked on the island’s reefs.

I find it fascinating how isolated this group of people is, and how little contact with them has been recorded. They appear to have a strong lifestyle and way of living, as well as strong traditions that they depend on. I admire how they live off the land and use the resources that are waste from people that live more traditional lives.

Uncontacted Tribes

It's crazy to me how people go ahead with development plans in territories that are undeveloped with disregard to the off grid communities living in these areas. Deforestation not only destroys the habitats of the plants and animals in them, but also is a risk to the people living here, like an example from this video talks about how the machinery is actually hurting or killing people, along with the new diseases spread to these isolated people. I think the companies should be held accountable for the damage they've caused by not mapping out these areas to make sure they are not destroying necessities and communities.


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