Rob Greenfield is an activist and humanitarian just trying to do as much good as he can during a troubling time in the world. You may remember him, last year he launched his 'Trash Me' project where he lived like the average American and collected every single piece of trash he created. He wore all the trash he had accumulated in 30 days.
His latest project, Good Deeds on Bikes, led Greenfield and a group of 48 bikers across the country cleaning up trash, volunteering in community gardens, and planting about 100 fruit trees and thousands of wild flowers and vegetable seeds across the country. They even rescued 5,000 pounds of food from dumpsters and went door-to-door asking locals if they wanted a fruit tree planted in their yards.
Each of the riders biked 3,600 miles, camping along the way in rural areas in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, just to name a few. Together the "Green Riders" cycled 87,000 miles, that's equivalent to biking three and a half times around the world.
The beauty of just being able to walk down the street and then there's an apple or a pear and you pick it and you eat it and you have a delicious snack straight from the earth.
Greenfield wasn't always as environmentally conscious as he is now. He explained that a couple years back he was very much in the pursuit of money, his goal was to be a millionaire by the time he was 30-years-old and material possessions were very important to him. Then one day, he began watching documentaries and awoke to the fact that he was causing destruction to everything that he loved. Greenfield said he is much happier and healthier now than he ever was. " The more you give, the more you have and a happier and healthier life you live," Greenfield exclaimed.
Greenfield explained that the whole idea for this project was to leave every place they visited a little better than the way they found it through random acts of sustainable goodness and kindness. "It's just one of our ways of making our communities a little bit more happy, healthy and food secure at the same time."