The young people moving out of the “big city” in favor of greener pastures
2020 has created a sense of fear in us all. It is nearly impossible to make any long term plans with COVID-19 still very much a part of our lives. From social isolation to the economic disaster, young people are finding it hard to start careers, lay down roots, and start a family. A large group of millennials and generation z- ers are getting out of the rat race and heading out to less dense rural areas; here are some of the reasons why:
Farm to Table: Growing Our Food
If you walked through any grocery store in March of 2020, you would have seen aisles of empty shelves (notably toilet paper and pasta). Western folks who have always had the privilege of having access to food suddenly became aware of food scarcity on a micro-level. Millennials and generation z- ers have been nudged into looking at ways of providing for themselves foodwise, as a form of security. Stories like Netflix’s Little Big Farm have served as a textbook of the do’s and don’ts of going rural. The documentary follows a young couple trading their tiny LA apartment for the countryside to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind. Molly and John Chester, the couple at the center of the Doc, prove that it is not easy to make such a monumental change, but they insist that it is worth it.
Finding Alternatives to 25-year Mortgages
For most people in their 20s and 30s, the idea of owning a home, let alone a home with property, is a pipe dream. In cities like London, NYC, Vancouver, finding an apartment that costs below $500,000, is nearly impossible. And if we can afford a down payment, then there is the 25-year commitment to mortgage payments. What’s the alternative? Getting out of the city, buying a small plot of land and building something. Young people who are looking to circumvent the system are getting off the grid (without reliance on a utility for power) and getting out of debt. One very trendy example of this is the Tiny House movement. This movement is spreading quickly to every corner of the world, giving young people a fresh start. YouTube accounts like Living Big In A Tiny House and Exploring Alternatives, allow us to dream about what our futures could be. From composting toilets to rain showers, Tiny Living is a real choose your adventure opportunity. These petite dwellings can range in price from $20,000 to $120,000, depending on your preferences.
Reducing our Footprint
In the last few months of heartbreaking news, the one resounding positive to come of it all is the fall in Pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. We have been given this unique opportunity to see how our actions and now inaction has affected our world. People realize that they can make lifestyle changes to contribute to environmental health. Deciding to move out of congested cities has proven to lessen our environmental impact, from being able to grow your food to using less energy and water, to literally taking up less space. When you only have a small amount of food storage, you have to be proactive about how and what you store, that consciousness reduces a lot of food waste.
There is a chance that this desire for alternative living is entirely reactionary; maybe we won’t feel this way in 6 months. The truth is, off the grid living is too extreme for most us, but the desire for some kind of change is still there. With most corporate offices going remote, people no longer have to squeeze in the tube for sweaty commutes to work, only then to squeeze into their cubicle. The opportunity to sit in the open air and make a living has now presented itself as a veritable for some—furthermore, the chance to do so without life long crippling debt. The question is, should we take it?