Physically worn out from travelling by vehicle and plane to a remote home in northern Saskatchewan, two scholars passed through Prince Albert on their way back south last week… Although exhausted, Jonathan Taggart and Phillip Vannini retained their enthusiasm during a discussion with the Daily Herald about their book deal and documentary film about Canadians who live off the grid.
“It’s a really positive story,” Vannini said. “Everyone who we met really enjoy their lifestyle, so it’s a good message to share that renewable energy is not bad for you.”
“For some, it’s a will to reduce their carbon footprint, so it’s an environmental motivation,” he said. “For some, it’s a lifestyle called voluntary simplicity.”
This, he explained, is when people come to believe that the world is too complex and consumption-orientated.
Living off the grid, then, “pushes you back to the basics” Vannini explained. “You step back and ask yourself, ‘what is it that I really need?’”