The Vancouver Sun has a new article out on our research on off-grid living.
Peter Endisch has been planning his “graceful exit from the Lower Mainland” for nearly two years.
It is not Vancouver’s high housing prices or cost of living driving him out. He owned a suburban home and earned enough to pay the mortgage and support a family.
It is the pull of a simpler, more sustainable life that moves in tune with the rhythms of the Earth.
No longer satisfied to work long hours at a job he found increasingly unfulfilling simply to pay living expenses, Endisch longed for work that would allow him to help people and make the world a better place.
Through his involvement in a community effort to prevent the construction of a cellphone tower next to a school, Endisch met a mother and daughter who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, a collection of symptoms that can include everything from burning and tingling sensations to fatigue, nausea and heart palpitations. Those afflicted attribute the symptoms to exposure to the electromagnetic fields created by things such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi networks.
The women and their family had purchased a 32-hectare property near Sorrento, in the Interior, and planned to turn it into an off-the-grid organic farm. The idea held immense appeal for Endisch.
“If I want to have a better … future for myself, my son, something more fulfilling than just a day-to-day, 9-to-5 job, this might be a way to do it.”