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National Geographic Society, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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 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.

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Review: Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.

User Review  - Tina Denson - Goodreads

17 years of silence 22 years of walking/sailing 1 BA from Southern Oregon University in Science 1 MS from University of Montana in Environmental Studies 1 PhD from University of Wisconsin in Land ... Read full review

Review: Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.

User Review  - Carolyn Gerk - Goodreads

This novel was tedious and confused and lacked any real direction. John Francis will tell you the journey is the thing, not the destination, but after pages and pages of unexplored 'beliefs' that lead ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

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.

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