Rob Greenfield

Why I Went a Year Without Showering

I recently wrote a story called Lessons Learned from a Year without Showering that was picked up by The Huffington Post. If you haven’t read it the link is there, but basically I went a year without taking a conventional shower and instead just went for a swim when I found a lake, river, or ocean. The story created quite a splash, but why, oh why, would I do something so silly?

One word can sum it all up: freedom.

Freedom from ourselves, freedom from social norms, freedom from money, and freedom from systems that don’t serve our best interest. My activism goes much deeper than the simple act of bathing and it seems most people got the message but here it is again, loud and clear.

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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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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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Growing Power: Day 56

Today I finally visited Growing Power which is something I’ve been wanting to do for years now since I first saw them featured on the documentary Fresh. They are a 1% for the Planet recipient and through my Off the Grid adventure across the United States I am raising funds for them to keep on doing the amazing things they are doing. They have grown into a huge movement over the last few years so the amount I raise for them will be a tiny fraction of what they receive each year but I know they will put whatever I give to them to good use. 

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