His unusual journey with a backpack and a banjo took him on foot to Ashland Oregon where he completed a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies, then to Missoula Montana for his masters, then to Madison Wisconsin for his PhD. He had sent word ahead that he would arrive in about two years to take classes. He became a prolific, passionate writer about oil spills and sought-after writer of regulation. When he arrived on foot in Washington DC (which took seven years and a day) he chose to speak his first words about what he was learning for the past seventeen years... In his address to government leaders on Earth Day 1990 he said "WE are the environment" and so we need to take care of how we treat each other while we are taking care of planet earth. It all begins with listening.
John Francis has served as a National Geographic Fellow and as a UN Ambassador as a Planetwalker. He says that he could have never envisioned his future when he started walking east, that he'd have anything important to say or that anyone would listen.
Read a Q&A time with this profound conservationist posted on the Daily Good.