Free Public Lecture

Earth Day: How We Got Here and What Challenges Remain

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
7:00 PM
H.F. Deluca Forum
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
330 N Orchard St (map)

TIA NELSON, Managing Director for Climate, Outrider Foundation

Tia Nelson

Join Tia Nelson, daughter of Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson, to hear a brief history of Earth Day followed by a discussion of what is considered by many to be the dominant environmental challenge we face today – global climate change. Earth Day was founded by Tia’s father on April 22, 1970. On that day, 20 million Americans turned their thoughts to the environmental condition of the planet. After 46 years the event has become incorporated into our society and continues to focus on the country’s attention on our responsibtilihy to care for the earth.

Tia Nelson has continued the crusade her father started and is internationally recognized for her work on climate change. She spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy, including serving as the first director of its global Climate Change Initiative. For her work, she received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Protection Award in 2000. She then served 11 years as executive secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), Wisconsin’s oldest state agency, which included a gubernatorial appointment in 2007 as co‐chair of Wisconsin's Task Force on Global Warming. Her outspokenness on climate change put her under political pressure and she left the BCPL to become managing director at the Outrider Foundation, which advances science-based literacy on global challenges that affect the well-being of the planet.

Nelson is also a featured speaker at the 10th annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference on Monday, April 25, 2016. Register now to hear her and several others speak on the critical challenges facing the environment.


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