Les Stroud, probably best known for his Survivorman series, talks about living off the grid and chasing the dream of a self sustaining lifestyle in his documentary (Watch it below) Off The Grid. You can buy it online for $25 from his website here, where it is described as:
“In this poignant and personal documentary Les Stroud and Sue Jamison, along with their two young children, share their experience leaving a world of electricity bills and water problems and going ‘off the grid’ as they move to their acreage in Northern Ontario – escaping the clutches of government controlled electricity and water.”
Les Stroud’s Off The Grid Documentary…
Man-o-man, do I know how he feels. Who can’t identify with that overwhelming pull to live ‘The Good Life’? If you couldn’t, I bet you wouldn’t be reading this blog. What I respect most about Les and Sue Stroud is that they are honest with themselves about the need to balance sustainable, rural living with modern technology and some of the basic comforts that make life a little easier. I also respect the way Les advocates – like I do – that people embrace the “right” technology to HELP them live a life less addicted to technology in general, as is implied when he says “Into the new progress“. After all, if pioneer homesteaders could do it over 200 years ago, it gives me hope that a self-sustaining lifestyle is achievable for me and my family in a time when we have solar power for our electricity, an internet connect for supplemental income and communication, and all of the wonderful technology that has been developed over the last century, including tractors, super-efficient wood burning stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, freezers, televisions, chain saws… The point I’m trying to make, and one which I was happy to see made in the Off Grid documentary by the Strouds, is that technology isn’t always a bad thing. It can, in fact, help us achieve sustainability on a single-family homestead. Moving forward in the RIGHT direction is better than moving backwards, in my humble opinion.