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Our Voice: A Governor Named Gaylord Nelson, Also Known as “The Father of Earth Day”

Gaylord Nelson was governor of the state where I grew up. With my family, I met him on the main street of my hometown of Amery, Wisconsin when I was around six years old and we got our picture taken with him. He was running for governor. I’d fallen out of a trailer and broken my arm, so I was sporting a spiffy plaster cast. He became governor. Then he ran for the U.S. Senate and won, serving 18 years representing Wisconsin. I wrote him a couple of letters asking questions through the years. He answered.
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CAPS On The Environment And Population Growth: Earth Day Founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson Warned About McCarthyist Smear Tactics Against Those Who Want To Limit Immigration

VENTURA, Calif., April 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Over a half century ago, Sen. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as a catalyst to spur environmental protection. The environmental group Californians for Population Stabilization(CAPS) notes that Nelson adamantly warned about the dangers of population growth. As a Wisconsin Senator, Nelson also understood the dangers of smear tactics fomented by another Wisconsin Senator, Joseph McCarthy. Below are some excerpts from his 2002 autobiography, Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise, in which he warns about both dangers:
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