We welcome all who share the dream of a beautiful and fair America and commit to diversity in leadership and decision-making.
We envision a new America that stands again as a beacon to all people.
We seek to build a new organization dedicated to bringing beauty to all Americans. We envision local chapters in every community.
We seek to reach all forms of media with our message, and we envision a robust social media presence.
We seek to inspire young activists. and to find volunteers among the baby boomer “elders,” who have not forgotten the quality of life dreams of the 60s and wish to build on the legacy they achieved at that time.
We seek to unite city and country, conservatives and liberals, people of all faiths, races and backgrounds, who love the beauty of our land and wish to restore and preserve it. We wish to rebuild community, trust and respectful policy discourse.
We seek to build on a new upsurge of local interest in whole foods, sustainable agriculture, land stewardship, small businesses and cooperatives, physical and mental health, meaningful work and leisure and desires for community and empathy. We understand that all over America new solutions are being tested and found effective. Our hope is to create awareness of these “best practices” and help bring them to scale.
We seek to revitalize education so that all Americans appreciate the value of natural beauty, conservation and stewardship, and we seek to honor the histories and struggles of those who passed on to us what remains of our magnificent heritage.
We seek to counter the increasing congestion in our cities, the decay in our countryside, the monopolization of enterprises and power, and the treatment of our land as a commodity instead of our common legacy.
With Aldo Leopold, we discern that “bread and beauty grow best together.” Thus, we seek both to restore landscapes and local economies and to create meaningful jobs for many who are currently unemployed or underemployed.
In practical terms, we stand for such ideas as:
Revitalized rural communities and small farms
National service in restoration and conservation, including a large-scale campaign to restore the mountaintops of Appalachia
A priority for our poorest and least-served communities
A new focus on providing parks and green space for a growing population
Sustainable agriculture, including large urban farms
Cooperative economic development and support for small businesses
Human-friendly urban and suburban redesign
Training young people to be sustainable, small-scale farmers and gardeners
Partnerships with land grant universities, institutes and new research centers
Additional hiking trails and bikeways with affordable campgrounds
Supporting artists to help beautify urban areas and small towns
Our cause is as moral as it is practical. We reject the cynical notion that public institutions and public officials are hopelessly inefficient and corrupt and seek to re-energize democracy and idealism.