Planet Walker

by John Francis Ph.D

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The book I read was "Planet Walker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence." by John Francis PhD. In the book John, the author talks about his person journey and thoughts after an oil spill in 1971 beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. This had a long lasting impact on him and his thoughts on nature, global warming, polution and most importantly how we should treat each other. John Francis during his time walking and not speaking became the the biggest name in talking about and studying oil spills and effect on environmental endeavors.

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I personally loved this book. John Francis is a brilliant mind that engages you from beginning to end. It could focus more on the science he studied, but I was most intrigued by the Journey he expresses through his writing. I couldn't imagine being affected by the oil spill in San Francisco as a young man to make him spend the next 22 years not driving a vehicle and 17 years not speaking a word. This book actually impacted me in ways to be environmentally which I always try to be, and being silent and listening and reflecting on oneself.
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Scientific similarities in the book and this class are what I've been studying in my GPS project on how we affect the environment. The author who is an ambassador of the United Nations in the department of environmental problems. Francis says this about the environment “The environmental crisis is an outward manifestation of a crisis of mind and spirit. There could be no greater misconception of its meaning than to believe it to be concerned only with endangered wildlife, human-made ugliness, and pollution. These are part of it, but, more importantly, the crisis is concerned with the kind of creatures we are and what we must become in order to survive."