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 About this talk 30 
年近くに渡り、ジョン・フランシスは地球を歩いてきました。環境に敬意を払い、そして責任を持 つよう伝えるため、地球を徒歩と船で旅してきたのです(そのうち
 Translated into Japanese by Wataru Narita Reviewed by Masahiro Kyushima Comments? Please email the translators above.More talks translated into Japanese »  About John Francis John Francis walks the Earth, carrying a message of careful, truly sustainable development and respect for our planet.
(Music)(Applause)Thank you for being here. And I say thank you for being here, because I was silentfor 17 years. And the first words that I spoke were in Washington, DC, on the 20thanniversary of Earth Day. And my family and friends had gathered there to hearme speak. And I said, "Thank you for being here." My mother, out in the audience,she jumped up, "Hallelujah, Johnny’s talking!"(Laughter)Imagine if you were quiet for 17 years and your mother was out in the audience, say.My dad said to me, "That’s one" -- I’ll explain that. But I turned around because Ididn’t recognize where my voice was coming from. I hadn’t heard my voice in 17years, so I turned around and I looked and I said, "God, who's saying what I’mthinking?" And then I realized it was me, you know, and I kind of laughed. And Icould see my father -- "Yeah, he really is crazy." Well, I want to take you on this journey. And the journey, I believe, is a metaphor for all of our journeys. And so,even though this one is kind of unusual, I want you to think about your own journey.My journey began in 1971 when I witnessed two oil tankers collide beneath theGolden Gate, and a half a million gallons of oil spilled into the bay. It disturbed meso much that I decided that I was going to give up riding and driving in motorizedvehicles. That’s a big thing in California. And it was a big thing in my littlecommunity of Point Reyes Station in Inverness, California, because there was onlyabout maybe 350 people there in the winter – this was back in '71 now. And so when
I came in and I started walking around, people -- they just knew what was going on. And people would drive up next to me and say, "John, what are you doing?" And I’dsay, "Well, I’m walking for the environment." And they said, "No, you’re walking tomake us look bad, right? You’re walking to make us feel bad." And maybe there wassome truth to that, because I thought that if I started walking everyone would, youknow, follow. Because of the oil, everybody talked about the polllution. And so Iargued with people about that, I argued and I argued. I called my parents up. I said,"I’ve given up riding and driving in cars." My dad said, "Why didn’t you do thatwhen you were 16?"(Laughter)I didn’t know about the environment then. They’re back in Philadelphia. And so Itold my mother, "I’m happy though, I’m really happy." She said, "If you were happy,son, you wouldn’t have to say it." Mothers are like that. And so, on my 27th birthday I decided, because I argued so much and I talk somuch, you see, that I was going to stop speaking for just one day -- one day -- to giveit a rest. And so I did. I got up in the morning and I didn’t say a word. And I have totell you, it was a very moving experience, because for the first time, I beganlistening -- in a long time. And what I heard, it kind of disturbed me. Because whatI used to do, when I thought I was listening, was I would listen just enough to hearwhat people had to say and think that I could -- I knew what they were going to say,and so I stopped listening. And in my mind, I just kind of raced ahead and thoughtof what I was going to say back, while they were still finishing up. And then I wouldlaunch in. Well, that just ended communication.So on this first day I actually listened. And it was very sad for me, because Irealized that for those many years I had not been learning. I was 27. I thought Iknew everything. I didn’t. And so I decided I’d better do this for another day, andanother day, and another day until finally, I promised myself for a year I wouldkeep quiet because I started learning more and more and I needed to learn more. Sofor a year I said I would keep quiet, and then on my birthday I would reassess whatI had learned and maybe I would talk again. Well, that lasted 17 years.Now during that time – that 17 years – I walked and I played the banjo and Ipainted and I wrote my journal and I tried to study the environment by readingbooks. And I decided that I was going to go to school. So I did. I walked up to Ashland, Oregon, where they were offering an environmental studies degree. It’sonly 500 miles. And I went into the Registrar’s office and ... What, what, what? Ihad a newspaper clipping. Oh, so you really want to go to school here? You don’t …?We have a special program for you. They did. And in those two years, I graduated
with my first degree -- a bachelor’s degree. And my father came out, he was soproud. He said, "Listen, we’re really proud of you son, but what are you going to dowith a bachelor’s degree? You don’t ride in cars, you don’t talk, you’re going to haveto do those things."(Laughter)I hunched my shoulder, I picked my backpack up again and I started walking. Iwalked all the way up to Port Townsend, Washington, where I built a wooden boat,rode it across Puget Sound. Idaho -- walked across Washington, Idaho and down toMissoula, Montana. I had written the University of Montana two years earlier andsaid I'd like to go to school there. I said I'd be there in about two years.(Laughter) And I was there. I showed up in two years and they -- I tell this story because theyreally helped me. There are two stories in Montana. The first story is I didn’t haveany money -- that’s a sign I used a lot. And they said,"Don't worry about that." Thedirector of the program said, "Come back tomorrow." He gave me 150 dollars, andhe said, "Register for one credit. You’re going to go to South America, aren’t you?" And I said -- Rivers and lakes, the hydrological systems, South America. So I didthat. He came back, he said to me, he said, "OK John, now that you've registered forthat one credit, you can have a key to an office, you can matriculate -- you’rematriculating so you can use the library. And what we’re going to do is we’re goingto have all of the professors allow you to go to class, they’re going to save your gradeand when we figure out how to get you the rest of the money, then you can registerfor that class and they’ll give you the grade." Wow, they don’t do that in graduateschools, I don’t think. But I use that story because they really wanted to help me.They saw that I was really interested in the environment, and they really wanted tohelp me along the way. And during that time, I actually taught classes without speaking. And I had 13students when I first walked into the class, and I explained with a friend, who couldinterpret my sign language, that I was John Francis, I was walking around theworld, I didn
t talk and this was the last time this person’s going to be hereinterpreting for me. All the students sat around and they went…(Laughter)I could see they were looking for the schedule to see when they could get out. Theyhad to take that class with me. Two weeks later, everyone was trying to get into ourclass.

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