Why I decided to stop talking for 17 years

  • Jo Fidgen and Laura Thomas
  • BBC Outlook programme*

John Francis, when he didn't talk and just walked, and now
photo caption,

John Francis, in the days when he didn’t talk and only walked – and now

American John Francis made a life-changing decision as a young hippie: stop talking. He was silent for 17 years until he realized he had something he really needed to say.

It all started with an environmental disaster. A collision between two oil tankers in 1971 that contaminated the San Francisco Bay, California (USA), with more than half a million gallons of oil.

“I heard about it and wanted to see it, so I went from my little town of Inverness to San Francisco. I saw people on the beach in small groups cleaning. They would go into the water and come out with seabirds — pelicans, gulls and cormorants — covered in oil.”

That scene of the people trying to save the birds impacted him so much that he felt he needed to do something.

Source link

About Admin

Check Also

EuroMillions Winner Spent About £40 Million Over Eight Years

Winner of one of the biggest EuroMillion jackpots, Scotsman Colin Weir spent around £40 million …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *