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Beyond Earth Day : fulfilling the promise
Nelson, Gaylord, 1916-2005.
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Publication Information:
Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xx, 201 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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GE195 .N45 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 one of the most successful and influential public awareness campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of global stewardship: Earth Day.
    Now in his eighties, Nelson delivers a timely and urgent message with the same eloquence with which he has articulated the nation's environmental ills through the decades. He details the planet's most critical concerns--from species and habitat losses to global climate changes and population growth. In outlining his strategy for planetary health, he inspires citizens to reassert the environment as a top 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.

Author Notes

Gaylord Nelson was governor of Wisconsin from 1959 to 1963 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 college journalism instructor. Paul Wozniak is a market research analyst and environmental historian.

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Booklist Review

After Wisconsinite Nelson began his 18-year stint as a senator in 1963, he was shocked to discover how severe air and water pollution had become. Recognizing that people everywhere shared his concerns (he cites the infamous day in 1969 when the toxic Cuyahoga River burst into towering flames), he thought, "Why not organize a huge, grassroots protest about what was happening to our environment?" Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and in its aftermath crucial federal initiatives put a halt to the worst offenses. But three decades later, thanks to a burgeoning human population, myriad sources of toxic waste, corporate greed, and general complacency, Nelson, as avid and well informed as ever, observes that we face renewed and increasingly dire environmental threats. Along with his coauthors, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who provides a rousing foreword, the Earth Day founder presents exceptionally lucid explanations of a host of current ecoissues, and calls for a renewed effort to keep these potentially catastrophic predicaments visible and their possible solutions viable through education and citizen action. --Donna Seaman

Choice Review

Former Democratic Governor and US Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who in 1970 organized the first Earth Day, here revisits that occasion and some of the many environmental challenges that still face the nation and the world. His slim work is divided into four sections. The first looks at factors that helped bring about the first Earth Day and provides a summary of the planet's present-day health. The second discusses in greater detail environmental problems and their implications and provides insights into various forms of pollution. In the third section, Nelson examines the strengths and failings of today's environmental movement. In section 4, "An Environmental Agenda for the Twenty-First Century," Nelson explains what "an environmentally sustainable society" entails. He proposes a number of ways to accomplish this objective, including limitations on population growth, environmental education in the schools and communities, political leadership from Congress, enlisting people of all faiths in support of the environmental ethic, and understanding the limitations of biotechnology. He concludes with an appeal to youth, "without whom [creation of] a sustainable world cannot be met.... [T]hey must pick up where their parents left off." ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. K. B. Sterling formerly, Pace University

Table of Contents

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xix
Part 1. The Earth and Its Day
Chapter 1. Earth Day: When the People Spokep. 3
Chapter 2. Report Card on the Earthp. 15
Part 2. Imperiled Planet
Chapter 3. Windows on the Worldp. 23
Chapter 4. Vanishing Resourcesp. 50
Chapter 5. An Invisible Threatp. 87
Part 3. Environmentalism: Then and Now
Chapter 6. Complacent Planet?p. 105
Part 4. An Environmental Agenda for the Twenty-first Century
Chapter 7. Achieving Sustainabilityp. 133
An Appealp. 159
Appendix 1 Letter to John F. Kennedyp. 163
Appendix 2 Introduction to "Environmental Agenda for Earth Day 1970"p. 169
Notesp. 177
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
Indexp. 193