Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise

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"Gaylord Nelson is known and respected throughout the world as a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of Earth Day, the most influential public awareness campaign ever undertaken on behalf of global stewardship." "Now in the twilight of his career, Nelson offers guidance to a new generation. With the same eloquence that rallied the public more than thirty years ago, he details today's most crucial environmental concerns - from species and habitat losses to global climate change and population growth. Ever hopeful,
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Overview

"Gaylord Nelson is known and respected throughout the world as a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of Earth Day, the most influential public awareness campaign ever undertaken on behalf of global stewardship." "Now in the twilight of his career, Nelson offers guidance to a new generation. With the same eloquence that rallied the public more than thirty years ago, he details today's most crucial environmental concerns - from species and habitat losses to global climate change and population growth. Ever hopeful, Nelson outlines a compelling strategy for the planet and inspires citizens to reassert the environment as a national priority." A book for anyone who cares deeply about our environment and wants to know what we can and must do now to save it. Beyond Earth Day is a classic guide by one of the natural world's great defenders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299180409
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,185,702
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005) was governor of Wisconsin, served in the U.S. Senate from 1963 to 1981, and worked for the Wilderness Society. He originated the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his contributions to the environmental protection movement. Susan Campbell, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is communications manager for the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Paul A. Wozniak is a member of the Board of Governors at the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and a Wisconsin conservation historian. Tia Nelson is executive secretary to the Wisconsin Board of Comissioners of Public Lands. She worked for many years at the Nature Conservancy and is a past recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Climate Protection Award.”

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"All economic activity is dependent upon that environment and its underlying resource base of forests, water, air, soil, and minerals. When the environment is finally forced to file for bankruptcy because its resource base has been polluted, degraded, dissipated, and irretrievably compromised, the economy goes into bankruptcy with it."

Author Biography: Gaylord Nelson was governor of Wisconsin from 1958 to 1962 and served in the U.S. Senate from 1963 to 1981. Millions of Americans joined him in observing the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995 for his contributions to the environmental protection movement and has served as counselor to the Wilderness Society since 1981. Susan Campbell is an award-winning environmental journalist and adjunct professor of journalism. Paul Wozniak is a market research analyst and environmental historian.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
Pt. 1 The Earth and Its Day
Ch. 1 Earth Day: When the People Spoke 3
Ch. 2 Report Card on the Earth 15
Pt. 2 Imperiled Planet
Ch. 3 Windows on the World 23
Ch. 4 Vanishing Resources 50
Ch. 5 An Invisible Threat 87
Pt. 3 Environmentalism: Then and Now
Ch. 6 Complacent Planet? 105
Pt. 4 An Environmental Agenda for the Twenty-first Century
Ch. 7 Achieving Sustainability 133
An Appeal 159
App. 1 Letter to John F. Kennedy 163
App. 2 Introduction to "Environmental Agenda for Earth Day 1970" 169
Notes 177
Acknowledgments 191
Index 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2003

    Beyond Earth Day

    ¿Beyond Earth Day¿ gives an amazingly thorough look at the state of our planet, then and now. Discussions of issues are well-referenced and Gaylord Nelson courageously presents honest solutions to problems that many people take pains to ignore. He offers history, wisdom, and guidance in an age when ¿environment¿ is an important issue to Americans, yet many are unaware of the seriousness of the issues our water, air, soils and biodiversity face. An America united by the knowledge offered by Senator Nelson has the capability to change the course of catastrophic events involving the very elements needed for life. Share the intelligence of this important book with everyone you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Required Reading for all Students of the Environment

    Gaylord Nelson in his book Beyond Earth Day encourages citizens to rededicate themselves to protecting the environment and rebuilding community. Nelson promotes discussion on the issues of our day, encourages citizens to engage in a healthy dose of self reflection, clarify priorities and take actions appropriate to their beliefs. Like the initial Earth Day, this book signals an important wake up call. Beyond Earth Day helps us to..." set new priorities for a liveable America" and a liveable planet.

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