One day in 1983, John Francis stepped out on a walk. For the next 22 years, he trekked and sailed around North and South America, carrying a message of respect for the Earth -- for 17 of those years, without speaking.
During his monumental, silent trek, he earned an MA in environmental studies and a PhD in land resources.
Today his Planetwalk foundation consults on sustainable development and works with educational groups to teach kids about the environment.
I started talking because I had studied environment I'd studied environment at this level, this formal level, but there was this informal level.
And the informal level -- I learned about people, and what we do and how we are.
And environment changed from just being about trees and birds and endangered species to being about how we treated each other.
Because if we are the environment, then all we need to do is look around us and see how we treat ourselves and how we treat each other.
And so that's the message that I had. And I said, "Well, I'm going to have to spread that message.
"we have to do something now. We have to change now."の抑揚の付け方が素晴らしい。ずっと忘れられない響きです。
And I know that a lot of times we find ourselves in this wonderful place where we've gotten to, but there's another place for us to go.
And we kind of have to leave behind the security of who we’ve become, and go to the place of who we are becoming. And so, I want to encourage you to go to that next place, to let yourself out of any prison that you might find yourself in, as comfortable as it may be,because
we have to do something now. We have to change now.
As our former Vice President said, we have to become activists. So if my voice can touch you, if my actions can touch you, if my being here can touch you, please let it be.
And I know that all of you have touched me while I've been here.