“This is the most beautiful place on earth. There are many such places.

Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home , known or unknown, actual or visionary.”

Edward Abbey

Where is your Ideal Location ?

Perhaps it is somewhere you only visited once or somewhere you visit often, or maybe it is that special place from your childhood, or somewhere in your neighborhood or maybe across the globe or maybe its somewhere you have yet to visit but are drawn towards or maybe it is where you are right now present in the moment.

These are ideal locations we all hold dear that resonate with us on a profound level. We experience perhaps a simple calming of our busy minds or sometimes maybe it is something more, a moment of awe or inspiration. It is in these moments where we experience a true connectedness with nature.

Yes, there are many special places ideal places unique to each of us individually. Collectively though we share the Ideal Location and that is this shiny ball of blue we call our home.

We believe our children and our children’s children deserve clean air, clean water, and preservation of nature and our resources.  We believe nature can help make us happier, healthier and more creative, as such as humans we need to connect with and protect nature.

These philosophies are expressions of our shared values as they apply to environmental solutions. Our philosophies for our lands, our foods, our water, our buildings, our energy, and our ecosystems are written not as rules but instead as guidelines.

We believe society and individuals benefit greatly from new more sustainable approaches and we need to rethink best practices for:

  • Our Land
  • Our Food
  • Our Water
  • Our Buildings
  • Our Energy
  • Our Eco-Systems
  • Our Species

What if as a society we viewed our current environmental challenges not as obstacles but as opportunities to innovate and reimagine everything we make and do?  What if we viewed climate change not as daunting, but as a global cue that it’s time for something different? Climate change isn’t a curse It’s feedback.

What if we understood it is not economy vs ecology in competition, but Economy and Ecology together in collaboration as the path forward.

Our Land

 

So many of our favorite places are connected to the land. This is true whether it’s your favorite grove to walk through when stressed, the farmland you caringly steward, the stunning vistas of a national park you love to hike, or even that tiny but tidy little cemetery bountiful with natural beauty— and where you visit dear loved ones long passed.

To protect such places, and by extension protect what many of us love about them, means protecting the land itself. We know deep down how different these special, ideal locations would be without trees, wildlife, and stunning views.

All of nature is connected. Trees, birds, animals, soil microorganisms, and land all depend on one another to exist, in a delicate web.

If you influence what’s near, you affect what is afar. By working to preserve the land and all of nature through reforestation, conservation, improved land management, and other means, we also preserve the places that are near (and dear) to us.

Land Use & Land Conservation can work synergistically to encourage responsible sustainable development in our urban areas and managing our grasslands, wetlands and forests as a primary tool top drawdown carbon.

Our Food

 

Everything we eat lies at a crossroads. This is because our food is really a place where the health of the land, and the health of our bodies, meet.

We need clean, healthy land to grow clean, healthy food. All of this requires taking care of the land, reducing its vulnerability to climate change, and so much more.

Every soil organism, nutrient, and drop of water is essential for the nutrition of our plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, grains, and more. These foods are also vital for feeding the animals and thus the animal-based products we consume, too. But most importantly: we need this food to fuel us in everything we do.

Studies show that growing food on healthy soil and land is good for the climate. Raising animals fed their natural diets is also good for the climate, but also yields healthier meat, eggs, and dairy.

Techniques like regenerative agriculture, compost applications, carbon farming, silvopasture, cover cropping, nutrient management, and more will be instrumental in the challenges ahead of us. Besides climate, however, we can’t forget that growing and raising food this way yields the most nutrition we can possibly afford.

Our Water

 

Our “blue planet” is dominated by oceans that stretch across some two-thirds of its surface. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water. Water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and in aquifers.   Water is just as important to our bodies as it is to life on earth. Our brains, heart lungs and skin and infact our entire body are a majority water. Caring for our earth and our bodies is so heavily connected  and because much of these connections are made from water it is vital to find ways to protect our water.

And though we tend to take water for granted, its importance cannot be underestimated. Most of us can go three weeks without food, but even less so without water! It can’t be forgotten that our food sources—animals and plants—require water and irrigation, too.

Healthy, pure, and accessible sources of water are at the backbone of the climate issues that await us. And we must protect it.

All of life, no matter who or what— rich or poor— has a right to clean, healthy, and free water sources that can be trusted, and which no one has the right to spoil.

Our Buildings

 

In order to be happy, healthy, and meet all our basic needs, we really don’t need much when you think about it. To survive, all our ancestors needed was air, food, water, and shelter.

We’ve come a long way from where we were thousands of years ago. Still, we need homes, shelter, and personal or important places in the form of buildings, structures, and proper architecture.

How we build, maintain, and use energy in our homes— as well as how we construct buildings— is an important arena in our fight against climate change. This includes socially responsible real estate development, net-
zero buildings, green architecture, low-energy engineering, and more.

Perhaps the most important demand of our times: we need the construction of both dwellings and communities that improve overall quality of life. That applies whether it’s for human benefit, wildlife welfare, the health of the
surrounding environment, or all of the above.

Our built environment with the help of land use reforms can help transform a culturally rich, socially just and ecologically rich society.

Our Energy

 

Energy is the lifeblood of our modern society. It brings us food, water, shelter, transportation, comfort, art, entertainment, innovation, and so much more.

With energy comes great responsibility. Our technological advancements certainly have increased both our dependence on and appreciation of energy sources. But, in order to fully appreciate the gifts that energy brings
us— and enjoy what we love about land, nature, and wildlife— we need to shift our paradigm.

Yes, this will be a challenge. Though what if, instead of seeing challenges ahead, we saw opportunities for transformation, exploration, and innovation in an exciting frontier?

Switching from coal and oil to wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and many other renewable energy sources may cause growing pains. But it will also create a new demand for experts, talent, skill, training, and even careers of
all kind. It will supply jobs, opportunities, and meaningful work to those in need.

Our Ecosystems

 

Many of us genuinely enjoy— and even utilize— the earth’s beauty: its flora, fauna, and gorgeous landscapes. All these aspects are connected to one another, regardless of whether they are obvious or visible to us, or not.

These relationships form a delicate web called “ecosystems.” We’ve carried on building societies and economies as if we aren’t part of any ecosystem, and as if we’re not like animals, plants, and other living beings. But as
climate change has shown us, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Instead of viewing ecosystems as resources to exploit, it’s time for the world to see the wealth they offer when we keep them intact.

One good example: to construct our homes and buildings, we need trees. We can’t source lumber from forests when their ecosystems are threatened by our actions, climate change, or both.

To grow many of the foods we eat too, we need pollinators. To keep our important pollinators around—like bees, butterflies, birds, and more—we must make the protection of their habitats and ecosystems a priority.

Many of us have forgotten how to listen, feel and sense the natural world and why it’s vital to our own humanity to both connect with and preserve nature.

Our Children Our Tribe Our Species

 

We need every possible resource to stave off climate change. And our greatest resource? Ourselves— people. Every single one of us.

We especially need intelligence and unprecedented problem-solving, wherever we can find it. These could be found in anyone.

However, the potential for meaningful change within every individual is heavily underused— a vast, yet untapped, resource. Why? Because not all individuals on this planet have equal opportunities to make meaningful change. A complicated challenge, like climate change, will require a myriad of perspectives and a diversity of solutions.

And This means we’ll need faces, figures, and expertise from all backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life.

As such, we need equal opportunities for all: the poor, underprivileged, minorities, women and girls, people of color, indigenous cultures, people from developing nations, and other underserved or overlooked populations.

Let’s search for solutions in all people, so we can look back and say: “we worked together against climate change in earnest. We did all we could.”To do so, let’s provide opportunities to all people: no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from.

Think Globally Act Locally

Today, we have amazing technology to link people, companies, and organizations anywhere across the globe— even in a matter of seconds.  Thanks to the Internet, social media, energy, and other means, we can collaborate and problem-solve in ways we’ve never been able to in the past.

But let’s not lose focus. Let’s acknowledge our global connections, but use them to examine, support, and heal what’s right in front of us: our local places, spaces, ecosystems, and people.

This is why we (Ideal Location) are committed to acting locally while thinking globally. Our mission is to support, uplift, and amplify small non-profits and organizations—especially under-funded ones— doing the work , whether on issues of food, land, water, people, energy, ecosystems, our buildings, or communities.

Let’s do everything in a local context while honoring our support of (and support from) our favorite global organizations and powerhouse groups that are fighting on the front lines against climate change.

Ideal Location: Wherever you are Wherever you are Going.