It’s not often that being silent can amplify your voice. Everything we think we know about being “heard” involves talking. One Black environmentalist took a different approach, and by listening to his own inner voice, a revelation came to him.
I’m talking about John Francis, aka The Planet Walker.
In January 1971, when John was in his 20s, he was deeply moved by a shipping accident involving two oil tankers that collided in San Francisco Bay. The oil covered beaches and birds and importantly the smells were inescapable — not just images from somewhere else offshore or in a remote part of the world as is often the case. He felt powerless to affect the status quo of this “dirty energy” system.