This guy (left) did not say a word within 17 years. His name is John Francis and nicknamed as planetwalker because he didn't use any motorized vehicles for 22 years. 17 years in silent and 22 years in walk from one state to another! I cannot even imagine how was that went. The reason is, his community was arguing with him what to do when two tankers crashed near the Golden Gate bridge in 1971. Those tankers spilled 840,000 gallons of oil into the water near San Francisco.
His experience of not talking taught him the value of listening. By didn't say a word, he also taught classes and got a Ph.D in Land Management. He also got two more college degrees. Unbelievable!
By staying silent, he found that environment has changed from being about trees and species into how people treat each other. In 1990, by Earth Day he decided to back talking and the following day he was struck by a truck in Washington, DC. He convinced the ambulance crew to allow him walk to the hospital.
In TED Talk, TED Conference 2008 he said, 'We have to do something now. We have to change now.' to raise environmental consciousness (video below).
He wrote a book Planetwalker: How to Change Your World One Step at a Time.
I am kind of silencer (from 3 Idiots film), which means I did not talk too much. I have been trying to be a talker, but I think I am not a talker. I am a listener. I love listening when someone's talking.
I realized, I learned much with listening. Because with listening more, more I understand about something. Image credit: by George Williams (Flickr). (tpos/sm/le)