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Gaylord Nelson : champion for our earth

Author: Sheila Cohen
Publisher: Madison, Wisc. : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, ©2010.
Series: Badger biographies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Accessibly written and richly illustrated with historic images, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War II, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions. Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in 1916,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Gaylord Nelson; Gaylord Nelson
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sheila Cohen
ISBN: 9780870204432 0870204432
OCLC Number: 423388579
Description: vii, 109 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: A man who stood up for his beliefs --
The seeds of good ideas --
The seeds take root --
Beginning a new life --
Governor Gaylord Nelson --
Moving on to Washington --
Earth Day and beyond --
Carrying on Gaylord Nelson's work --
In his own words --
Appendix: Gaylord's time line --
Glossary --
Reading group guide and activities.
Series Title: Badger biographies.
Responsibility: Sheila Terman Cohen.

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Earth Day creator Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in this addition to the Badger Biographies series for young readers. Accessibly written and richly illustrated with historic images, Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth includes a glossary of terms, sidebars on World War II, DDT, and several facets of the environmental movement, plus activities and discussion questions. Born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in 1916, Gaylord 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. Along the way he encountered experiences that would shape him in fundamental ways: as a man who stood up for what he believed in the face of opposition and yet who also understood how to treat his opponents with respect. Both traits would serve him well as he rose from law student to state senator to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator. Nelson fought to treat all races equally and to condemn McCarthy-era paranoia, but his greatest contribution was to sound the alarm about another battle: the fight to save 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.

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