Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In


Press Releases

Dr. John Francis To Speak At Conservation Alliance Breakfast

“The Planetwalker” gave up fossil fuels for 22 years, became expert on oil spill prevention.

Get access to everything we publish when you sign up for Outside+.

Bend, Ore. – The Conservation Alliance Breakfast at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Show will feature guest speaker Dr. John Francis, an inspiring speaker and renowned expert on oil spill prevention.

Dr. Francis is known the world over as the Planetwalker. In 1971, he witnessed an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The effects of the spill compelled Francis to stop using motorized vehicles. Several months later, he took a vow of silence. His non-motorized lifestyle lasted 22 years, and the silence 17. During that time John walked across the United States earning a B.A at Southern Oregon State College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in land resources at the University of Wisconsin. He later sailed and walked through the Caribbean and then walked the length of South America.

“We are fortunate that Dr. Francis will share his story with us in January,” said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance Executive Director. “I know his message of how one person can make a difference will resonate with our audience.”

Dr. Francis will speak about his journey, his unique perspective on environment, and how we each can make a difference in our world. Dr. Francis is the author of Planetwalker: How to Change Your World One Step at A Time.

In addition to Dr. Francis’ talk, The Conservation Alliance Breakfast will feature an update on recent Alliance grantees and conservation successes funded by the Alliance. The Conservation Alliance Breakfast is open to the public. For complete information, see

About the Conservation Alliance:
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $6 million to grassroots environmental groups. Alliance funding has helped save over 36 million acres of wildlands; 25 dams have either been stopped or removed; and the group helped preserve access to more than 16,000 miles of waterways and several climbing areas.

For complete information on the Conservation Alliance, see

John Sterling

Kristin Carpenter-Ogden