Planetwalker: Spreading a Message of Sustainability Through Silence and Action | April 10, 2014See All Photos From The 2014 Event
In this edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, audience members were fortunate to have the opportunity to hear ONE WORD from Dr. John Francis, not to mention an entire lecture! That’s because he once went 17 years without speaking. That’s right – 17 years! When John was 26-years-old, he witnessed an oil tanker collision on San Francisco Bay. He felt so disturbed (and partially responsible for his use of oil), that he decided to give up motorized vehicles – a decision which spurred so many arguments with friends and family members that he decided to stop talking. This was the beginning of a 17-year journey that led him to be known as the Planetwalker. During the nearly two decades that followed, John received a Master’s degree, a PhD, and founded the Planetwalk Foundation (a nonprofit environmental awareness organization) – all while spreading a silent message of sustainable living.
Ending his silence in 1990, Dr. Francis has spent his subsequent years carrying that same message across the country.