Comment: That was beautiful!

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Michael Nystrom's picture

That was beautiful!

Thank you for that. Sometimes, living in a big, dirty, crowded city like Taipei, with people squeezed into subways like vacuum packed bamboo shoots, scooters parked all over the sidewalk, you forget what a beautiful place Earth is.

Man what a beautiful planet we live on.

And the people on this place! Man.

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.