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Beyond Earth Day
Fulfilling the Promise

“The life of the planet and all of its inhabitants have been positively affected by the extraordinary vision and work of Senator Gaylord Nelson. The remarkable agenda he put forth in 1970 is ever more salient today, his wisdom and words needed now more than ever.”
—Paul G. Hawken, Natural Capital Institute, author of The Ecology of Commerce

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.


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, WI, 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 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.”





“As the father of Earth Day, he is the grandfather of all that grew out of that event—the Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
—President Bill Clinton



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Beyond Earth Day

May 2012
LC: 2002002806 GE
226 pp.   6 x 9
3 b/w photos, 4 drawings, 14 charts

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Cloth $26.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-18040-9
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Paper $24.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-18044-7
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