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Sustainability is the focus of next week’s Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University. One of the speakers will join by teleconference as he’s walking across the state of Ohio. As KSMU’s Missy Shelton reports, John Francis will talk about how a pair of walking shoes and a vow of silence helped him draw attention to the environment.
John Francis is known as the Planetwalker. In 1971, after witnessing an oil spill in California, he gave up using motorized transportation and stopped talking. His transportation commitment lasted 22 years and he kept his vow of silence for 17 years. Next week, he’ll do plenty of talking when he joins the Missouri State Public Affairs Conference. Francis will join by teleconference from Ohio where he’ll be doing his annual Earth Day Planetwalk.Francis explains what he’ll discuss during the Public Affairs Conference.
Francis says students have to decide for themselves what they can do to make a difference. He says walking is one way to make a difference in your own sphere of influence and in your own life.
Besides talking about how people can make a difference, Francis also discusses the connection between how we treat the environment and how we treat each other.
Francis is the author of the book Planetwalker. 22 years of Walking. 17 years of Silence. It’s coming out in paperback next week. John Francis will join by teleconference the panel discussion Redefining the Environment on April 23rd at 1:30PM in Plaster Student Union Theater on the Missouri State campus.