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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.

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Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs
Imprint: National Geographic
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2009
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0405-0 (1-4262-0405-1)
Pages: 288
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.



 
2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

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.

http://www.planetwalk.org/



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
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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