March 9, 2017: Renowned Environmentalist John Francis to speak at Emerald Necklace Conservancy

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy present announces tht renowned environmentalist and author John Francis will present the Speak Out Lecture at the Conservancy’s Annual Meeting March 22 at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The event is free and open to the public. 

Francis’s talk, “Walking the Earth: Steps Toward Sustainability,” will explore his perspective on sustainability.

Francis was thrust into conservation work in 1971 after witnessing the devastation caused by an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The experience compelled him to stop using motorized vehicles. For more than two decades, Francis trekked the U.S. on foot and took a 17-year vow of silence, a transformational experience documented in his 2008 memoir Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence. 

Francis is the founder of Planetwalk, an educational organization that aims to raise environmental consciousness and promote earth stewardship. In 2010, he was named the first National Geographic Education Fellow by the National Geographic Society.

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will hold its Annual Meeting on March 22 at 6:00 pm the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave. A reception will follow the program. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Those interested in attending may register at or call 617-522-2700.