John Francis is running walking for Congress.
John's Ted Talk: Walk the earth…my 17-year vow of silence
John's story has inspired millions to treat each other with kindness and compassion, with care and concern for the well-being of the environment. Because "...how we treat each other, is really how we treat the environment."
Dr. John Francis
John Francis’ environmental work began in 1971, when he witnessed a tanker collision and oil spill in San Francisco Bay. It was then that he gave up the use of motorized vehicles and began to walk. He started walking because he felt partly responsible for the mess that washed up on the shore.
In 1991, for his work in raising environmental consciousness, John Francis known the world over as the Planetwalker, was appointed the United Nations Environment Program’s Goodwill Ambassador to the World’s Grassroots Communities. Along with six fellow Ambassadors who use their time, talents and energy to: Raise awareness of central environmental issues and work of UNEP, as well as developing their own projects in areas of environmental education.