David Glasheen, off the shore of Restoration Island, with his dog, Quasi.
Restoration Island lies off the northern coast of Australia. The city of Cairns is about 500 miles away.
Mr. Glasheen mostly lives a subsistence lifestyle that requires immense amounts of labor and planning. The wind turbine he used to generate electricity was damaged during a storm three years ago and still hasn't been repaired, so he uses a solar panel to power his computer and lights. He does not have a refrigerator, but has a gas-powered freezer.
Nick Fahey, 67, lives alone in the cabin his father started building in 1939 on an island in the San Juan archipelago north of Puget Sound, in Washington state.
The home is powered by two solar panels, which charge a few lights and help to keep his mobile phone charged. Heat, including for water, comes from burning wood, which is abundant on the property.
Mr. Fahey's horse, Ig
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