Inspire Speakers Series Presents: Dr. John Francis, Planetwalker
April 10, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spreading a Message of Sustainability Through Silence and Action
In this edition of the Inspire Speakers Series, audience members will feel fortunate to have the opportunity to hear ONE WORD from Dr. John Francis, not to mention an entire lecture! That’s because he once went 17 years without speaking. That’s right – 17 years! When John was 26-years-old, he witnessed an oil tanker collision on San Francisco Bay. He felt so disturbed (and partially responsible for his use of oil), that he decided to give up motorized vehicles – a decision which spurred so many arguments with friends and family members that he decided to stop talking. This was the beginning of a 17-year journey that led him to be known as the Planetwalker. During the nearly two decades that followed, John received a Master’s degree, a PhD, and founded the Planetwalk Foundation (a nonprofit environmental awareness organization) – all while spreading a silent message of sustainable living.
Ending his silence in 1990, Dr. Francis has spent his subsequent years carrying that same message across the country. Trust us – you’ll be glad that John decided to start talking again – and that you have the chance to listen!
More About John Francis
How does this topic relate to Western Pennsylvania? April’s Inspire Speakers Series will feature a local speaker who will share details about how John’s thoughts are being addressed here. Stay tuned to find out who that will be!
Come grab dinner and enjoy an opportunity for networking in Phipps Cafe starting at 5:00 p.m. Inspire Speakers presentations will follow at 6:00 p.m. Register here to join John for dinner after his talk.
Check out the rest of the Inspire Speakers Series presenters here! GBA members can save $51 by purchasing the entire series!
Partner organizations for this event are Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tri-State Area School Study Council.