Speak Out 2017 presents John Francis, Ph.D., “Walking the Earth: Steps Toward Sustainability”
Dr. John Francis will present the 2017 Speak Out Lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy on March 22, 2017 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
After witnessing the devastation from an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay in 1971, John Francis was compelled to give up motorized transportation and began walking. He walked across the country, taking a vow of silence along the way. As he recounts in his memoir, “PlanetWalker, 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence,” his journey brought him closer to the rhythms of the earth. During this time, he founded Planetwalk, a non-profit environmental awareness organization and earned college and graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in land resources. Today, Dr. Francis is a visiting associate professor at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2010 he was named the first Education Fellow at the National Geographic Society. Listen to his TEDTalk.
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