The Promised Land: John Francis

The Promised Land: John Francis

Sun, 12/19/2010 - 10:00pm

John Francis is campaigning for the environment, one step at a time.

Prompted by an oil spill in San Francisco Bay and a subsequent vow to give up riding in motor vehicles, John Francis stepped out on a walk. He kept on walking for the next 22 years. Wherever he went, he carried a message of respect for the Earth — silently for 17 of those years. Today, his Planetwalk foundation consults on sustainable development and works with educational groups to teach kids about the environment. The Promised Land host Majora Carter takes listeners along as she spends a whole day walking with John Francis in his hometown, Cape May, New Jersey in The Promised Land: John Francis, airing Sunday, December 19 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD91.5-2.

As he wrote in his 2005 book, Planetwalker: "If 20 years ago ... someone had told me, 'John, if you want to make a difference, I want you to stop driving in cars and start walking east, and you'll make a difference,' and as I turned and walked away they shouted, 'and shut up too!' I would not have believed them. But as I sit here I realize that is exactly what has happened."