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Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth Gaylord Nelson: Champion for our Earth
By Sheila Terman Cohen

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 120 pages, 81 b/w photos and maps
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press (February 24, 2010)
Language: English

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press!

Decades before saving the environment became an issue of global concern, one man with an extraordinary vision of a better world planted the seeds, literally and figuratively, for change. This spring, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and the man who created it, with the release of "Gaylord Nelson: Champion for Our Earth" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-443-2; $12.95) by Sheila Terman Cohen.

A humanitarian, outspoken statesman, and environmental activist, Gaylord Nelson comes to vivid life in this addition to the Badger Biographies Series for young readers, a unique collection of stories about real Wisconsinites.

Readers will learn the story of a man who stood up for what he believed in the face of opposition, but who also understood how to treat his opponents with respect. These traits served him well as he rose from law student to state senator to Wisconsin governor and finally to three terms as a United States Senator.

In these leadership roles, Gaylord Nelson fought to save the natural world, and taught everyday citizens and lawmakers how important it is for each person to pitch in and make changes to take care of our planet. Because of his work, 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. We still have a long way to go to ensure a healthy future for the earth and its inhabitants, but Gaylord Nelson demonstrated that even one person can help to save the world.

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The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, founded in 1855, is the state's oldest publisher.

About the Author: Sheila Terman Cohen's first Badger Biography, "Mai Ya's Long Journey," received first place for juvenile nonfiction from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and Council for Wisconsin Writers, and was selected by Wisconsin's first lady, Jessica Doyle, for the Read On Wisconsin program.