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Fulfilling the Promise
With Susan Campbell and Paul A. Wozniak
Preface by Tia Nelson
Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
“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
Gaylord Nelson’s legacy is known and respected throughout the
world. He was a founding father of the modern environmental move-
ment 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 articu-
lated 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.
(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
Paul A. Wozniak
is a member of the Board of Governors at the
Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and a Wisconsin conservation
Tia Nelson
is executive secretary to the Wisconsin Board of
Commissioners 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.”
April 2012
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Of related interest
Earth Day Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson
“His story is an inspiration.”—Al Gore
“Gaylord Nelson was one of the great public servants of the post–World War II era. This
illuminating book is a priceless account of his life and accomplishments.”—Tom Brokaw
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“As the father of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson is
the grandfather of all that grew out of that
the Environmental Protection
Act, the Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act,
the Safe Drinking water Act.”
—President Bill Clinton