Could people really survive without the grid?

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    Could people really survive without the grid or live in harsh environments? Yes! Yes! Yes! and Yes!

    Oymyakon Russia is the coldest permanently inhabited area on Earth. It is named after the Oymyakon River, whose name comes from the Even word kheium ‘unfrozen patch of water; place where fish spend the winter. With a population of 472, it is located in eastern Yakutia at an elevation of approximately 750 meters above sea level. At the village’s high latitude, day length varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in the summer.

    Tristan da Cunha, a remote inland in the south Atlantic, is a fascinating place. Fascinating as to why people would choose to live in such isolation, where even a cold can cripple the society. All Tristan families are farmers, owning their own stock. All land is communally owned. Livestock numbers are strictly controlled to conserve pastures.

    Barrow Alaska is the 9th northernmost city in the world and is the northernmost city in the USA. The location has been home to Native Inupiat Eskimo people for over 1,000 years under the name Ukpeagvik or “place where snowy owls are hunted.

    And what about high water? Well, the village below sits tenuously on a char, or temporary island, in the middle of the massive Jamuna River delta in northern Bangladesh. High water flows from India and the Himalayans poses a constant threat during monsoon season. Residents frequently have to suspend their beds and food from the ceilings to get above the floodwaters, often living like that for weeks. In addition to water, snakes are a problem.

    So yes we can live without all of the comforts we have become accustom to.

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