MADISON (WKOW)--The nation's environmental/conservation movement has become a powerful force both politically and socially.
Its influence has spread around the world. The roots of that movement are planted deep in Wisconsin's history.
A single movement created and shaped by three distinct personalities who have close ties to Wisconsin.
Their attitudes and philosophies toward nature were formed from their connections here. John Muir, the grandfather of the national park system, developed his love of nature as a boy growing up on a farm near Montello.
Aldo Leopold, the author of thought on the land ethic, practiced his philosophy on a piece of land along the Wisconsin River north of Madison and taught/inspired others at the UW.
And Gaylord Nelson, a native son who grew up in the outdoors of northern Wisconsin, attended the UW and went on to lead the modern environmental movement by creating Earth Day.