Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth is another great new addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in an accessibly written book, richly illustrated with historic images. Gaylord, born in 1916 in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, grew up as immersed in his parents' political work and community service as he was in playing practical jokes and exploring the natural world surrounding his home town. He encountered experiences that shaped him in fundamental ways and grew into a man who stood up for what he believed in the face of opposition, yet who also understood how to treat his opponents with respect. As he rose from law student to state senator to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator, both of these traits served him well.
Nelson's greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about saving the natural world and the earth itself. It was his idea to use teach-ins to let people know that the environment needed their help. Thanks to him, more natural resources were conserved and new laws demanded clean air and water. Now, every year on April 22, people all over the world plant trees and pick up litter to celebrate Earth Day. The Earth and its inhabitants aren't safe yet, but Gaylord Nelson demonstrated that even one person can help to save the world. From the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Paperback, 120 pages, 7 in. x 9 in., 81 b/w photos and maps.
Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth is a release in the Wisconsin Historical Society Press' Badger Biography Series aimed at grades 4 through 8: Includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War II, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions.
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