John Francis

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 from decades earlier, focused on humans, the environment, and listening to both of them. March 16, 2014...

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 from decades earlier, focused on humans, the environment, and listening to both of them. March 16, 2014...

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. Our last day walking, and the weather was a glorious performance of sun and gentle warm breezes,...

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. By Planetwalker Alexandra Branscombe Reaching the Ohio-Indiana border was like finishing a marathon, so naturally, Planetwalkers have...

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. There may have been Robins in the yard, but snow was in the forecast. An early spring...

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. By Planetwalker Alexandra Branscombe None of us ever believed that a movement would have started by one...

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 robins had landed in the yard of our Cape May, New Jersey home, I knew spring was...

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 look at what’s around you, learn about all the living things that call that place home,...

In his role as graduate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Francis leads a seminar where 12 graduate students discuss and examine the awakening and the current state of conservation and the environmental movement, including Environmental Justice, gaining the new insights that can come from classroom reflection and interactive discussion through National Geographic online....

In his new role as graduate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Francis leads a seminar where 12 graduate students discuss and examine the awakening and the current state of conservation and the environmental movement, including Environmental Justice, gaining the new insights that can come from classroom reflection and interactive discussion through through National...

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 up from cement fountains. Inside, from the vaulted ceiling, semi-circles of translucent light fixtures hung...

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 deficit is in human will. And as President Bill Clinton told the gathering, synthesis is...

Day three at the Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability had a high-level start with the arrival of the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf. But the dialogues and relationships forming behind the scenes of a gathering of some of the world’s most brilliant minds are unseen turning points of the event, reports John Francis,...

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 for Research, Conservation, and Exploration at the National Geographic Society, is an inside observer. In...

Stockholm–Changing human society to insure we all, animals and plants included, survive well on a healthy planet is no small undertaking.  But uniting the best and brightest, Nobel Laureates and global leaders, to improve our roadmap for change should help.  I certainly hope so. Over the next four days in Stockholm, the 3rd Nobel Laureate...