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by John Francis Ph.D.

eBook Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence. ePub
Author: John Francis Ph.D.
Language: English
ISBN: 1426204051
ISBN13: 978-1426204050
Publisher: National Geographic (April 21, 2009)
Pages: 288
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Building
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 404
Formats: txt mobi docx txt
ePub file: 1920 kb
Fb2 file: 1154 kb

John Francis' Planetwalker, along with his The Ragged Edge of Silence are quietly thoughtful, inspiring and important little known books about individual responses to environmental concerns.

Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking  . John Francis' Planetwalker, along with his The Ragged Edge of Silence are quietly thoughtful, inspiring and important little known books about individual responses to environmental concerns. When I heard an in depth Sunday morning radio interview by Bob Edwards I sent for both books right away.

Through his silence and walking, he learned to listen, and along the way, earned college and graduate degrees in science and environmental studies. The United Nations appointed him goodwill ambassador to the world’s grassroots communities and the . government recruited him to help address the Exxon Valdez disaster. An amazing human-interest story, with a vital message, Planetwalker is also a deeply personal and engaging coming-of-age odyssey-the positive experiences, the challenging times, the characters encountered, and the learning gained along the way.

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Soon after embarking on this quest that would span two decades and two continents, the young man took a vow of silence that endured for 17 years.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Soon after embarking on this quest that would span two decades and two continents, the young man 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.

and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World. John Francis is an environmentalist and author of two books: Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World. In 1971, he was living in the San Francisco area and witnessed a devastating oil spill in the Bay. He decided to lessen his own demand for oil by giving up riding in motor vehicles, which he did from 1972 to 1994. In 1973 he also decided to be silent and didn’t speak again until 1990.

John Francis was in his twenties when a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay jarred his comfortable life. Even as he joined the volunteers who scrubbed the beaches and fought to save birds and sea creatures poisoned by petroleum, he felt the need to make a deeper, more personal commitment. As an affirmation of his responsibility to our planet, he chose to stop using motorized vehicles and began walking wherever he went. His decision was greeted with surprise, disbelief, and even mockery-but it was only the start of a much deeper transformation

John Francis (born 1946) is an American environmentalist nicknamed The Planetwalker. This continued and he ended up not speaking for 17 years, with the exception of a phone call to his mother after 10 years of silence

John Francis (born 1946) is an American environmentalist nicknamed The Planetwalker. Born in Philadelphia, the son of a West Indian immigrant, he moved to Marin County, California as a young man. After witnessing the devastation caused by the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994. This continued and he ended up not speaking for 17 years, with the exception of a phone call to his mother after 10 years of silence. During this time, he communicated by writing and gestures, and also expressed himself by playing the banjo. He ended his vow of silence on Earth Day in 1990.

John Francis gave up motorized transportation for 22 years. The Katharine Hepburn Look Book. John Francis: 22 Years of Walking.

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.
Akisame
Meh. I got bored for some reason, stopped reading after forcing myself to keep going to 45% through it, and I usually love books of this kind where people choose a different life and go on adventures. His efforts are laudable and he definitely has his heart in the right place. He's poetic and enjoys the slow pace and watching nature. I can relate to his need of solitude his artistic bent, and his love of walking and the earth. I felt the book got a bit repetitive with his backpacking, meeting up with friends, sleeping, waking, and writing about his surroundings. It seemed to just keep repeating as he walked and hung out in different places. All of a sudden, years went by. Frankly, I also got tired of the silent thing and drawing attention to himself as special; it just got annoying. I've seen "on-the-road" books that have more depth in personal meetings and more variety. Just my opinion....I know this book is popular.
Pedar
John Francis' Planetwalker, along with his The Ragged Edge of Silence are quietly thoughtful, inspiring and important little known books about individual responses to environmental concerns. When I heard an in depth Sunday morning radio interview by Bob Edwards I sent for both books right away. Planetwalker includes the authors' pen and ink sketches made as he walked across northern USA, sailed to the Carribbean, and then walked the length of South America in silence. It was seeing a California oil spill that prompted him to walk, without speaking and to give up riding in vehicles. A beautiful pilgrimage journal for environmentalists, geography-lovers, world travellers, cultural students, and caring, mindful citizens. I was thrilled that Amazon made both books easily available.
Tisicai
I am on the fence about this memoir. John Francis has lived this really unique life. Meeting people from all over the world, getting a phd, learning to build boats, and more all without speaking. I would have loved to learn more about these experiences but I feel like this memoir often focuses on mundane details like camp sites and water drop strategies. It's almost as if it was pieced together years after the walk with the help of a travel journal. Losing many of the personal details to the tides of time.
Doomredeemer
This is an amazing man with a super story to tell and he does it very well. I think this book should be required reading for anyone who cares about our environment.
Debeme
The title alone attracted me to this book. I had purchased the Nook version last year, and read it while on vacation. This is one man's amazing journey through the environmental movement, how far he went to get his point across, and what he learned along the way, not only about the world, but more importantly, himself. Would you be willing to go as far as he did?
Arilak
Book is great, and I very much liked the personal note from the seller in it! I absolutely am enjoying it. Plan to pass it on to someone once I'm finished. A book like this needs to travel just like the content inspires one to.
Bloodfire
I amazed that this human being exists. I was expecting more insightful thoughts, but an inspiration book nonetheless. Highly recommended.
There are books for entertainment and there are the great ones by Hemingway, and Faulkner and then their are a few that could hold the keys to the survival of the planet. The Planet Walker is a major work of one man's attempt to get the attention of a runaway society and world. Read, think, and take to heart what this amazing man has to say.
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