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Earth Day is meaningless without bipartisan protection efforts

Earth Day is meaningless without bipartisan protection efforts

Back in 1970, I was a cub just out of law school and working in my first real job with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Democrat, called a meeting on the Hill for staffers of national conservation organizations. I attended representing NWF not knowing what to expect. Senator Nelson laid out plans for the first Earth Day, which was celebrated on April 22, 1970.

Little did any of us realize that this would lead to Earth Day activities spreading across the globe for the next 48 years — and they’re still growing.

The despoliation of our natural world and the pollution of our air, water and land led to a wave of significant...

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