580 Meetinghouse Rd
Ambler, PA 19002
A talk by Dr. John Francis, National Geographic Explorer and Environmental Educator
Beginning with his journey on foot across the Americas, Dr. Francis will speak about his transformation from an environmental activist to environmental practitioner and how his and our own journeys might lead us closer to sustainability. Dr. Francis speaks on environmental issues internationally. He began his work in 1971, when after witnessing an oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped using motorized vehicles and took a vow of silence lasting 17 years. He earned three degrees including a doctorate in land resources, from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The founder of Planetwalk, an environmental awareness organization, he ended his silence on Earth Day 1990, telling the assembled crowd, “Environment is about how we treat each other.” He served as project manager for the United States Coast Guard Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and authored Planetwalker: 17-Years of Silence, 22-Years of Walking, and Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World, both published by National Geographic Books.