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Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise

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Gaylord Nelson’s legacy is known and respected throughout the world. He was a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of one of the most influential public awareness campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of global environmental stewardship: Earth Day.
    Nelson died in 2005, but his message in this book is still timely and urgent, delivered with the same eloquence with which he articulated the nation’s environmental ills throughout the ...

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Overview

Gaylord Nelson’s legacy is known and respected throughout the world. He was a founding father of the modern environmental movement and creator of one of the most influential public awareness campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of global environmental stewardship: Earth Day.
    Nelson died in 2005, but his message in this book is still timely and urgent, delivered with the same eloquence with which he articulated the nation’s environmental ills throughout the decades. He details the planet’s most critical concerns—from species and habitat losses to global climate change and population growth. In outlining strategies for planetary health, Nelson inspires citizens to reassert environmentalism as a national priority. Included in this reprint is a new preface by Gaylord Nelson’s daughter, Tia Nelson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299180447
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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 by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Introduction

Part 1. The Earth and Its Day

Chapter 1. Earth Day: When the People Spoke

Chapter 2. Report Card on the Earth

Part 2. Imperiled Planet

Chapter 3. Windows on the World

Chapter 4. Vanishing Resources

Chapter 5. An Invisible Threat

Part 3. Environmentalism: Then and Now

Chapter 6. Complacent Planet?

Part 4. An Environmental Agenda for the Twenty-first Century

Chapter 7. Achieving Sustainability

An Appeal

Appendix 1: Letter to John F. Kennedy

Appendix 2: Introduction to “Environmental

Agenda for Earth Day 1970”

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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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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