IONA LECTURE SERIES
Where Arts & Sciences Meet Humanity
AN EVENING LECTURE & CONVERSATION
Dr. John Francis
Planetwalk: Gratitude, Love and Kindness
Thursday, November 30
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC- Due to space limitations admittance by free ticket only. Register for your ticket via the link to Eventbrite.
Dr. John Francis is an environmental educator, and former UN goodwill ambassador. In 1971, he witnessed an oil spill in San Francisco Bay, stopped using motorized vehicles and began to walk. To learn to listen better, John took a 17-year vow of silence. He walked across the US receiving a PhD. Speaking on Earth Day 1990, telling the crowd, “Environment is about how we treat each other.” He served as project manager and environmental analyst for the USCG Oil Pollution Act 1990 Staff, and authored Planetwalker: 17-Years of Silence, 22-Years of Walking, and The Ragged Edge of Silence, both published by the National Geographic Society. In 2022 he published his first children’s book, Human Kindness, True Stories of Compassion and Generosity that Changed the World. He is the founder and director of Planetwalk, an environmental education organization, and speaks on pilgrimage and environment around the world, and in 2023, has begun a Planetwalk from Cape Town, South Africa to Khartoum, Sudan.
St. Columba's Episcopal Church
12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.