Rob Greenfield on the Streets

Days 1-3 on the Streets

Here is a long detailed journal of my last few days on the streets. Sending love!

12/25 Day 1

I left the house at around 4:00 with just a few hours left in the day. I had meant to leave much earlier to give myself time to adjust before night fell but I was late as usual. I wandered through my neighborhood on my way out and passed multiple friends along the way. It was nice to be with friends and I found myself wondering why I was heading outside my comfort zone when I could be having a joyous time amongst my friends who love me. I continued on anyway and, as the sun set on the ocean horizon, I turned my back to the west and strolled east along the San Diego river. With the sun went the heat and the night grew cold quickly. I walked for a few miles along the river checking out a few possible sleeping spots along the way. I met a man named Jay who was just setting up his sleeping bag under a bridge. He told me he stays there because it is close to the Home Depot where he goes every morning to look for work. He said he’s known around here because he sells cigarettes. He used to have a bike but he lost it when he went to jail.

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First 24 Hours on the Streets

I made it through the first 24 hours. It hasn’t been easy but I am well and happy. I’m not used to carrying a backpack full of stuff, but I need to if I want to sleep through the cold nights. Last night was one of the longest nights ever. I was in my sleeping bag for 13 hours and I slept for a good amount of that time, but I was also awake dozens of times fighting off the cold. 50 degrees doesn’t seem that bad but I guess it is just half my body temp. At one point in the night, I thought it was nearly morning and it turned out to only be 12:30. I almost gave up.

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Rob Greenfield on the Street

Spending a Week on the Streets

Today, we fed people on the streets as part of the 21 Gourmet Dumpster Meals project. An older man named Lee asked me why I had a camera and upon my response he told me that, if I really wanted to understand, I had to live on the streets myself. I took him up on the offer and will return to the corner of 16th and Island to meet with him on Christmas day. I’ll live on the streets for a week with just the clothes on my back, ID, and a GoPro. 

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Dumpster Diving Rob Greenfield

21 Gourmet Dumpster Meals

Imagine living a week solely on food from supermarket dumpsters and turning that food waste into healthy, gourmet meals. That’s exactly what Brian Blum and I will do with the 21 Gourmet Dumpster Meals project this week, focusing attention on the amount of food that goes to waste in our country (estimated at $165 billion annually) while providing tips people can use to eat ethically, healthy, andsustainably. Proving we can eat more deliciously and nutritiously than the average American solely off food we find tossed in dumpsters, we will also fill an entire fridge and a few cupboards, provide food to people on the streets and make a huge meal for friends and the public! 

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Valerie Frere and Rob Greenfield educate

Day 5 of Change the World: Educate our Future

Kids learn from their elders. We are their role models and they do as they see. Let’s lead by example! Today, we’ll be at a local elementary school spending time with the children. 

You voted on these 3 mini adventures on Facebook:

-Prepare a nutritious lunch for a classroom

-Tell stories of our adventures and teach earth friendly living. 

-Work in the school garden. 

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12 Ways to Take Back the Human Body

Day 2 of Change the World is Take Back the Human Body Day!

I believe that humans would be happier, healthier, and better to the earth if we were more comfortable in our own skin. It would mean fewer beauty products, less clothing and accessories, and less time in front of the mirror. That would leave more money and time for what’s important. Also, today is about treating our bodies with health and respect.

You voted on these mini adventures on Facebook:

Go skinny dipping

Go barefoot the entire day

Do an all-natural photo.

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Day 1: Reduce • Reuse • Recycle

Day 1 of Change the World is Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Day!

You voted on these 3 mini adventures on Facebook:

Reduce – Create no waste! Whatever we create we have to wear on our heads.

Reuse – Get an outfit from a secondhand store for less then $10.

Recycle – Clean up trash from the beach and recycle what we can.

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