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Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silenceby Ph.D. John Francis
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When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand--he stopped using allforms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this quest that would span two decades and two continents, the young man took a vow of silence that endured for 17 years. It began as a silent environmentalprotest, but as a young African-American man, walking across the country in the early 1970s, his idea of the environment expanded beyond concern about pollution and loss of habitat to include how we humans treat eachother and how we can better communicate and work together to benefit the earth.
Through his silence and walking, he learned to listen, and along the way, earned college and graduate degrees in scienceand environmental studies. The United Nations appointed him goodwill ambassador to the world's grassroots communities and the U.S. government recruited him to help address the Exxon Valdezdisaster.
Was he crazy? How did he live and earn all those degrees without talking? An amazing human-interest story, with a vital message, Planetwalker is also a deeply personal andengaging coming-of-age odyssey--the positive experiences, the challenging times, the characters encountered, and the learning gained along the way.
The founder and director of Planetwalk, a nonprofit environmental education organization, describes how, after witnessing the devastating effects of a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation, embarked on a quest to walk across the country, and undertook a vow of silence that lasted seventeen years. 15,000 first printing.
John Francis, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of Planetwalk, a nonprofit environmental education organization. He travels around the world speaking on pilgrimage and change, and on Planetlines, an environmental studies curriculum based on the walking pilgrimage, which he is developing for K-12 schools and universities.
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