Planetwalker

By John Francis; John Francis (Illustrator)
(National Geographic Society, Paperback, 9781426204050, 288pp.)

Publication Date: April 21, 2009

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Description
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 all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this quest that would span two decades and two continents, he took a vow of silence that endured for 17 years. It began as a silent environmental protest, 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 each other 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 science and environmental studies. An amazing human-interest story with a vital message, "Planetwalker" is also an engaging coming-of-age pilgrimage.



About the Author
John Francis lives in Point Reyes Station, California, with his wife and son. He is the founder and director of Planetwalk, a non-profit environmental education organization (www.planetwalk.org). 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 high schools and universities.

John Francis lives in Point Reyes Station, California, with his wife and son. He is the founder and director of Planetwalk, a non-profit environmental education organization (www.planetwalk.org). 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 high schools and universities.
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