Rob Greenfield is an activist and humanitarian dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable, just and equal world.
He embarks on extreme projects to bring attention to important global issues and inspire positive change. His work has been covered by media worldwide including National Geographic and he’s been named “The Robin Hood of Modern Times” by France 2 TV. Rob’s life is an embodiment of Gandhi’s philosophy, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
He believes that our actions really do matter and that as individuals, and communities we have the power to improve the world around us. Rob donates 100% of his media earnings to grassroots nonprofits and has committed to living simply and responsibly for life.
"The Robin Hood of Modern Times"
"The Forest Gump of Ecology"
"The best kind of crazy"
"The Trash Man Who Protects the Planet"
"World’s Foremost Dumpster Diver"
"A Modern Day Adventurer"
"The Nicest Person on the Planet"
"The English language may need a new noun to define Rob Greenfield"
For one year Rob grew and foraged 100% of his food. No grocery stores, no restaurants, no exceptions! Nature was his garden, his pantry and his pharmacy. Without land of his own, he turned front yards into gardens and shared the bounty with his community. He shares his powerful journey to inspire you to take power back from the industrial food system and create food sovereignty in your community.MORE
Zero Waste Activism
The average US American creates 4.5 pounds of trash per day, yet most people never think twice about it. Once it is in the garbage can, it is out of sight, out of mind. Rob wanted to create an unforgettable visual to help people understand how much trash they create and inspire them to make positive change. For 30 days, he lived just like the average US American and wore every piece of trash he created.MORE
Living Simply and Sustainably
In a time when inequality is at an all time high, Rob has committed to living simply so that others may simply live. He has vowed to earn less than the federal poverty threshold and, lives without a bank account, credit card, monthly bill, insurance or debt. His last home was a 100-square-foot tiny house built from secondhand materials. He owns around 44 possessions (no car or cellphone) as he currently travels. He lives for the benefit of the earth, our global community of humans and all species, all while living a deeply purposeful and joyful life. Through his extreme example, he creates self-reflection in others and instigates change.MORE
The Food Waste Fiasco
Nearly half of all food in the US is wasted while one in seven US Americans and one billion earth citizens are food insecure. To address this issue and inspire solutions, Rob has rescued food from thousands of grocery store dumpsters and hosted Food Waste Fiascos, shocking visual demonstrations of food waste, in over a dozen major cities. He has eaten from hundreds of dumpsters and fed over 1,000 people to prove this food is still perfectly good.MORE
Rob has committed to donating 100% of his media earnings directly to grassroots environmental nonprofits including all proceeds from his books and TV shows. All proceeds from his public speaking in 2020 are being donated to Indigenous- and women-led organizations. He is the founder of Community Fruit Trees, Free Seed Project and Gardens for the People. Through these programs, he has helped thousands of people gain access to healthy, homegrown food and increase their quality of life.MORE
Rob has given over 150 talks to nearly 20,000 people, including two popular TEDx Talks. His purpose is to inspire and educate others to transition to living in a more equal, just and sustainable manner. By walking his talk, Rob deeply inspires people to make these changes for a better world. He gives talks internationally to people of all ages, educational backgrounds, professions and walks of life.MORE