Welcome! We decided to set up the Church of the Earth People for one very specific reason. We constantly hear of folks who get told they cannot use this, that, or another thing in their self sustaining endeavors. Things like rainwater collection, off grid electric, or alternative building. Through the church’s off grid legal defense fund, we hope to offer assistance based on first amendment freedom of religion, guaranteed by the constitution. This is similar to the sort of freedom that the Christian Scientist folks enjoy with their medical rights.
We hope to achieve a fund for defending members rights on these and related issues. There is no tithe; there are no dues. We are seeking an attorney who is willing to assist, and are in the process of setting up a defense fund for that purpose.
Why is an Off Grid Legal Defense Fund Needed?
Say you’ve decided to make the off grid move. You want to drastically reduce your consumption of resources, you want a quiet retreat, and/or you want to be self-sufficient. Did you know that your dream is not necessarily legal? Off Grid World has a descriptive list of typical ordinances that present legal barriers to off grid living. An abbreviated list follows:
- Camping on your land while you build is usually illegal.
- Rainwater collection may be illegal. (For example, see this Washington Post article.)
- Your composting toilet is probably illegal. Septic systems are normally required.
- Restrictive building codes restrict options. DeaTech Research describes the complexities of getting around codes for alternative building structures here.
How You Can Help
We encourage everyone to post in the forum regarding anything concerning off grid lifestyles, alternative building, and related stuff. As a community we can protect and learn from each other.
ALL OUR WORK IS TOTALLY NON-DENOMINATIONAL and has only to do with protecting the planet and loving one another. We will never promote violence in any form.
Thank You, Steven
Aggie and I wish to thank Steven for donating his time and financing to create this website, and encourage anyone interested to partake in the meditation group he is putting together.
Thank you for your time.