Guest Blog by: Brijette Romstedt
It all started with a little glass tea cup with adorable pink flowers etched on them. In this tea cup, I would store seeds delicately chosen from only the most outstanding plants in the garden. Those tea cups quickly overflowed. The excess was put in glass jars in the closet until that closet overflowed.
In 2009 Rob Greenfield was a loud, drunk, environmental nuisance focused on partying, women, money, and nice possessions. But then reality hit in 2011 and he woke up to the fact that all of his daily actions were causing environmental and social destruction around the world. Since then he’s worked diligently to transform his life to be of benefit and service to the earth, humanity, and all creatures. His extreme activism and adventures have reached millions around the globe through his TV show on Discovery Channel, his book, Dude Making a Difference, and international media including The New York Times, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera and more. He believes that all of us can leave the world a better place through simple positive changes in our daily lives. In todays environment it’s easy to feel helpless and hopeless but Rob believes there’s never been a better time to be the change for a more sustainable and just world and he’s here to inspire you to join the movement.
Join Rob on his European Tour in Ireland, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France! The tour kicks off April 2nd in Ireland and finishes May 20th with Rob is giving a TEDX in Paris titled “How to Be the Change in a Messed Up World.” Rob will be giving 21 talks throughout Europe aimed to educate and inspire everyone to truly be the change they wish to see in the difficult times that we live in.
This urban foraging program is giving fresh fruits and veggies to thousands of people in need, and it’s all food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Millions of Americans have little to no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Concrete Jungle is changing that by giving out freshly picked produce for free!
Meet the Composters on Bikes!
Let Us Compost is a curbside composting service for homes, businesses, and events. They started in 2012 with one truck and this year they began picking up by bike. They currently pick up from over 170 homes and businesses. Customers are given a bucket, kitchen pail, and biodegradable bags when they sign up.
There are many limiting ideas floating around out there about growing your own food. Many think you need a lot of money to do it. Some think it’s too time consuming. Some think they don’t have enough space. Others feel that they just don’t have a green enough thumb. All of these ideas are totally understandable but the reality is that if we really truly want to, we can all grow some food. Sure, we can’t all have a fruitful acre of farm land but we can all have at least one little windowsill herb garden, one balcony tomato plant, some planters on our porch, a plot in a community garden, a small garden on someone else’s unused land, or something of that sort. With some initiative we can all grow some food!
My first month of buying nothing new for a year was a success! I had a few challenging moments but made it out of the month having bought nothing new. This is largely a personal challenge for myself to see if I can make it a year without having to buy (or be given) anything new but it is also a means to inspire others to be more resourceful and find ways to meet their needs that do not involve going out and buying anything new. This is beneficial in many ways but my two personal favorites are the reduction of environmental impact and the reduction of money needed to live. It’s easy to just run out to the store or go online and buy anything we need because we live in a society that has made shopping very convenient, seemingly mentally rewarding, and almost seemingly necessary to just be a “normal” member of society. But the problem is that all of this stuff causes real environmental destruction and is the source to many of the most pressing and depressing environmental and social issues of our time. Simply not buying new stuff is one way to live a drastically more environmentally and socially conscious and responsible life. The Story of Stuff does an incredible job of showing how the cost of our cheap stuff is externalized to the natural environment and other people.
This is a table of contents to help you find what you are looking for on this website. Rob has created a large number of resources and guides to help anyone who is interested in living a more happy, healthy, and earth friendly lifestyle. He has also documented his personal life to be an example of positive transformation to help others be the change they wish to see.
This article was translated from the original version at: Why I Got a Vasectomy…at Age 25.
Han pasado casi dos años desde que decidí hacerme una vasectomía y nunca he mirado hacia atrás. Algunas veces he estado triste cuando me dijeron que el mundo me necesita para tener niños o cuando una chica no estaba interesada en mí porque no puedo hacer un bebé. Sin embargo, en esos raros momentos yo recuerdo por qué decidí hacer lo que hice y estoy rápidamente seguro de que esta era la decisión correcta para mí. Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes por qué hice lo que tan pocas personas de mi edad se han atrevido a hacer con la esperanza de arrojar luz sobre un tema que con frecuencia se cepilla debajo de la alfombra.