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"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 a 1971 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, he stopped riding in motorized vehicles, a vow which lasted 22 years from 1972 until 1994. From 1973 until 1990, he also spent 17 years voluntarily silent. During this time he earned a Ph.D. in land management and traveled extensively, walking across the entire width of the lower 48 states of the USA as well as walking to South America."

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Learn more about John and his work at http://PlanetWalker.org

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Comment by Yaron Fishman on August 11, 2010 at 2:46pm
Yes indeed.. he's quite an inspiration :)
Comment by Marek Zielinski on August 8, 2010 at 4:15pm
What a provoking to action achievement!
Comment by Ante Lauc on August 8, 2010 at 3:32pm
thank you, dear John, for FRANK story...we all should learn better, LISTEN much more from each other, and connected could live LOVE&FREEDOM
Comment by Patricia L Allen on August 8, 2010 at 2:41pm
amazing....& oh so timely!! thanks for sharing!

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