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Travel channel (or reality show) watchers have another option to follow over the next month, Barbara Haddrill.
The plot summary:
One of the most inspirational individuals I’ve ever met, John Francis never wrote a blog about his personal choices. Then again, this was the 1970s, before email, to say nothing of Blogger, reached livingrooms. After witnessing an oil spill, John decided to live car-free (and talking-free) for 17 years. Once, even when injured, he refused an ambulance — intent on walking to the hospital instead. He founded a nonprofit called PlanetWalk and in 1991 was appointed a UN Environment Program Goodwill Ambassador (he had started talking again by then). By living what he preached, he eventually attracted admirers without using his voice, much less the Internet.
Now a new generation of environmentalists is being noticed even before they take action. With RSS and whisper-down-the-Web, we can quickly follow these potentially equally inspiring figures.