Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise by Gaylord Nelson

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By Gaylord Nelson

    Gaylord Nelson is understood and revered in the course of the international as a founder of the trendy environmental flow and author of 1 of the main profitable and influential public knowledge campaigns ever undertaken on behalf of worldwide stewardship: Earth Day.    Now in his eighties, Nelson provides a well timed and pressing message with an identical eloquence with which he has articulated the nation’s environmental ills during the many years. He info the planet’s most important concerns—from species and habitat losses to international weather adjustments and inhabitants progress. In outlining his technique for planetary future health, he evokes voters to reassert the surroundings as a best priority.    A e-book for somebody who cares deeply approximately the environment and needs to grasp what we will be able to and needs to do now to put it aside, past Earth Day is a vintage advisor via one of many typical world’s nice defenders

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Rivers and streams have been transformed into floods of dirty water in areas where development has bared the Earth, and an intricate, interwoven tapestry of native plants, grasses, and trees has been replaced by imported Kentucky blue grass and hothouse flowers. Some take heart at the rejuvenation of populations of the onceendangered bald eagle in North America’s lower forty-eight and of populations of tigers and pandas elsewhere in the world. Yet in urban backyards across the United States, our wildlife has been disrupted without many of us even noticing.

Plant, bird, and animal life around the world is being obliterated. 21 In an attempt to tally global losses, an international consortium of mostly academic and government representatives is compiling a “Red List” of at-risk species—classifying a species as threatened if it has a high probability of extinction during this century. 23 But others say projections of the extinction rate are hampered by the fact that no one really knows how many Windows on the World 37 species currently exist, let alone existed in the past.

By the same token, we should not be blind to the fact that, for some companies, Earth Day is merely an occasion to put on their Sunday best one day a year. It is evolving, however. Whether a corporation wants to appear green for public recognition, or for perfectly honest reasons, it doesn’t matter. The fact is, we’re gaining. If they are deceiving the public, let them be exposed in the political marketplace. Keep them honest if you can. They can read the science as well as we, but an environmentalist can’t go out and tell businesspeople that they must mend their ways and expect them to listen.

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