Making Earth Day Count

In September 1969, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson boarded a plane from Santa Barbara to Berkeley, California after a disturbing talk with biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb. Nelson was one of only a handful of people in Congress who cared deeply about the environment, an issue that hadn’t even been raised in the 1968 presidential race, so he had decided to take the college lecture circuit to rally more support for his cause.