Planetwalker to come through Nc'town

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, Dr. John Francis, author of "Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence," published by the National Geographic Society, with about a dozen participants will be returning to Hendrysburg to continue Planetwalk, a walking journey of "personal empowerment to help Americans address the environmental challenges of the 21st century." Known the world over as "planetwalker," he will lead the five-day walk of about 100 miles through the countryside and Newcomerstown to Mount Vernon.

The 94-mile route will include a five-day journey that starts in Hendrysburg, where U.S. 40 meets U.S. 800, going north to Sewellville through Freeport. Then Route 258 west to Peoli and Newcomerstown, then nine miles to West Lafayette and onto State Route 16 to Coshocton. Then onto Tunnel Hill and West Bedford then State Route 541 to New Guilford and New Castle. Then State Route 36 to State Route 229 to Gambier into Mount Vernon.

By connecting Planetwalk, an environmental education organization with the Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council's canoe expedition named the "Healing Journey," the event will showcase diverse entities and technologies working together to spotlight the importance of good environmental data and science. During the walk Planetwalk will continue to develop Planetlines, an environmental studies curriculum for K-12 and college, with a live broadcast from the road to the Missouri State University's Public Affairs Conference on Sustainability.

The group is encouraging others to join in the walk. If you would like to or would like more information, log on to www.planetwalk.org.