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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Earth Day, 2006

(Keywords: politics, environmentalism, getting off your butt )

This will be the first Earth Day without its founder, former Wisconsin Governor and US Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson died last summer at 89. has a few words from Nelson's daughter, Tia, who tells us that her father would tell us to 'get off your butt and get to work.'

“Poppa always said the beauty of Earth Day was it organized itself in many ways,” she said. “It’s a grassroots movement. I think the only thing that’s perhaps missing, which I think should be a cause for concern for all of us, is hearing his voice on this day, calling attention to the urgent environmental threats we face and articulating as he did so well what the important issues were and why we should care and perhaps most importantly how we are to make a difference and indeed have an obligation to do so.”

There are a lot of fights to fight out there, but this one is for our survival.