MADISON (WKOW) -- Monday is Earth Day, and the very first one, back in 1970, is credited with starting the modern environmental movement.
Earth Day is important in Wisconsin, as it was the brainchild of Democratic Wisconsin Senator, and former Governor, Gaylord Nelson. His son, Happy Nelson, says his father's vision was mostly to bring attention to the environmental issues that so many politicians didn't feel were important at the time.
"It was inspired by the teach-ins on the Vietnam War," Happy Nelson said. "And he thought why not have a teach-in on the environment."
Earth Day has grown from an estimated 20 million Americans for the first observance back in 1970, to about a billion people in 180 nations around the world today.
"It taught me to be conscious of where you buy your items, who makes them, what they do with their money, and how you dispose of them," Nelson said.
Nelson joined us on 27 News at 5 on Monday.