John Francis

Walk and Roll in Amish Country

National Geographic Explorer John Francis has been leading groups of undergraduates on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states every spring break for the past several years. Mile by mile, year after year, they are recreating his original cross-country walk ...

Walk and Roll in Amish Country

National Geographic Explorer John Francis has been leading groups of undergraduates on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states every spring break for the past several years. Mile by mile, year after year, they are recreating his original cross-country walk ...

Planetwalk 2013: Our Last Day Walking

National Geographic Explorer John Francis has been leading an undergraduate group on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states. Meanwhile his longtime collaborator Jon Waterhouse is on a somewhat similar mission in Alaska. Follow them both here on Explorers Journal. ...

Voices of Planetwalk 2013: My Day of Silence

National Geographic Explorer John Francis is currently leading an undergraduate group on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states. Meanwhile his longtime collaborator Jon Waterhouse is on a somewhat similar mission in Alaska. Follow them both here on Explorers Journal. ...

The Voices of Planetwalk 2013

National Geographic Explorer John Francis is currently leading an undergraduate group on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states. Meanwhile his longtime collaborator Jon Waterhouse is on a somewhat similar mission in Alaska. Follow them both here on Explorers Journal. ...

Planetwalk 2013: On Foot Through Indiana and Ohio

John Francis is currently leading an undergraduate group on a “Planetwalk” through rural U.S. states. Meanwhile his longtime collaborator Jon Waterhouse is on a somewhat similar mission in Alaska. Follow them both here on Explorers Journal. When hundreds of ...

BioBlitz 2012: Get out and Explore!

Rocky Mountain, National Park, Colorado — What is a BioBlitz? At its core a BioBlitz is about connecting with nature. Trained scientists team up with students and the general public—you and me—and explore a place. You take a close ...

Redefining the Environmental Movement

On the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day, I was giving a keynote talk for the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the Monona Terrace, a building right on Lake Monona, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Outside large globed lighting bubbled ...

In Our Hands, the Whole Wide World

Wrapping up the third Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability, in Stockholm, Sweden, thought leaders from the worlds of science, art, business, and politics reflected on the words of Martin Luther King: There is no deficit in human resources, the ...

At Stockholm Gathering of Minds: Planet Earth vs. Humanity

Over four days in Stockholm this week, the third Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability has convened dozens of thought leaders to address the theme of “Transforming the World in an Era of Global Change.” John Francis, the Vice President ...

Oil on the water

By John Francis A few days after the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, caught fire and started spewing black crude into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the emails and calls expressing sympathy started to come in. Not ...