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"The Planetwalker" Rides Back To Ashland


John Francis has a nickname that almost sounds like a superhero handle: The Planetwalker.  That comes from his years refusing to ride on motorized transportation, a comment on the dangers of fossil fuels. 

Francis walked from the Bay Area to Ashland to get a degree at Southern Oregon University; he later walked across the country, including to other campuses to earn more degrees.  His commitment to the planet also included not speaking for 17 years. 

Now, both speaking and riding again, he returns to Ashland to speak at his alma mater.  And we get the chance to ask him some questions about his life and his work.  

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