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Rob ​Greenfield: Be the Change in the Messed up World at TEDxIHEParis (Transcript)


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​Rob ​Greenfield

Here is the full transcript of Rob ​Greenfield’s TEDx Talk: Be the Change in the Messed up World at TEDxIHEParis conference. This event took place on May 20, 2017 in Paris.

Rob ​Greenfield – Adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian

Nice to be here with you and thanks for coming out. Some of you may know me as the guy who’s dived into thousands of grocery store dumpsters to raise awareness about how much food is going to waste.

You might also know me as the guy who landed in a far-off country, with no money, with just the clothes on my back and my passport, on a mission to make it home on the kindness of others and show the world that people are good.

Or you might know me as the “trash man” from a project where I spent an entire month living like the average American but wearing every piece of trash that I created to make a visual of how much garbage just one person creates in a month.

You might also know me as the guy who has just 111 possessions to his name or the guy who lived in a 50 sq ft tiny house in San Diego. I do a lot of extreme adventures and activism campaigns to catch the mainstream media’s attention, catch people’s attention and get them to stop and think about important social and environmental issues. But what most of you probably don’t know is that I haven’t always been this way.