On April 22, 2014, University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and others supporting the university’s divestment from corporations that profit from fossil fuels are planning to march and rally Tuesday to mark Earth Day. The first Earth Day is recognized as having taken place in the United States on April 22, 1970, at the urging and prompting of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson who called for “an environmental teach-in” to be held throughout the United States that day. It was, and the date of April 22 is now recognized as “Earth Day” worldwide.
Last year, over a billion people in 190 countries took action on Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people planted trees, cleaned up their communities, contacted their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.
The march in Madison will start at 5:30 p.m. from Monona Terrace, where the Nelson Earth Day Conference at UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will be taking place, and head to a 6:15 p.m. Mother Earth! Rally at the Library Mall.
Later tonight, on PBS – TV, 8:00 PM (Central Time): American Masters is scheduled to present: “A Fierce Green Fire”. This program is not to be missed ideally by anyone and includes archival film footage and interviews covering the 1960-1980 environmental movement, through the narration of four success stories. The hour-long program concludes with what PBS calls “an in-depth look at the crises surrounding climate change.”
About Mike Neuman
Identical twin; Long-time advocate of protection of our environment; Married; Father to three sons; Grandfather to one granddaughter; Born and raised in Wisconsin; Graduate of University of Wisconsin; post graduate degrees in agricultural economics and Water Resources Management fro UWMadison; Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work for 31 years with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Retired from DNR in 2007; Biked to school crossing guard site 2 X daily for 7 years retiring in 2019; in addition to being an advocate of safeguarding our environment, I am also an advocate for humane treatment of animal, children, and people in need of financial resource for humane living. I am presently a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin.
I oppose all long (>500 miles) distance travel (via fossil fuel burning) for nonessential purposes and all ownership of more than one home.
I am opposed to militarism in any form particularly for the purpose of monetary gain.
I am a Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; especially against those in authority who are not acting for the public good?in a timely fashion and in all countries of the world not just the U S..
My identical twin, Pat, died in June 2009.
He was fired from his job with the National Weather Service despite having a long and successful career as a flood forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service. He took a new position in the Midwest Regional Office in Minneapolis.
Unfortunately, Pat’s work for the NWS went sour after he began to see the evidence for concern about rising global temperatures shortly after relocating to Minneapolis, and how they appeared to effect of flooding on the Red River that flows out of Canada before entering the U.S. in North Dakota.
. Pat and I conversed on a regular basis with other scientists on the Yahoo Group named “Climate Concern “ and by personal email. The NWS denied his recommendation to give his public presentation o n his research at the “Minneapolis Mall of America” in February 2000, which deeply affected h,im. I will h He strongly believed the information ought be shared with the public to which I concurred. That was the beginning of the vendetta against my brother, Patrick J. Neuman, for speaking strongly of the obligations the federal government was responsible for accurately informing the citizenry.
A way great similar response to my raising the issue of too many greenhouse gases being emitted by drivers of vehicles on Wisconsin highway system, my immediate supervisors directed: “that neither global warming, climate change nor the long term impacts upon the natural resources of Wisconsin from expansion of the state highway system were to be any part of my job requirements, and that I must not communicate, nor in a memorandum to all the bureau, shall any person who works in the same bureau I do communicate with me, neither verbally on the phone, by email.