Clive’s Story

I have come to love our planet deeply, for it is the only place where I exist and thrive. I've also come to love the almost 14-billion-year-old story of our universe, for it is the only source of my inspiration and hopefulness…

Fourteen billion years ago the Big Bang happened, and the elementary conditions that support life on earth slowly began to form. It is an amazing thing to contemplate, and it is terrifying to also contemplate that, by our actions, we could be setting in motion the end of the story, this beautiful story that gave us life.

I have become convinced that the only way we will save our planet, our home, is by deepening our relationship with the natural world.

That deepening occurs when we take time to admire, connect, and explore our planet – in other words, when we a.c.e. nature. When we #aceNature, we fall in love with the natural world. And we protect only that which we love.

My journey to this truth was a long and painful one, but I have arrived, and I am glad, for my journey was my destination.

The deep inspiration and hopefulness I feel when in nature often makes itself known to me in the form of a landscape. I was born in a dusty mining town in South America. Yet, I have been sketching landscapes purely out of my imagination since I was a small boy. 

When I look upon a landscape today, I am reminded of how many eons it took for my home (our planet) to be built, how many more eons passed by before I became a resident in that home, and yet how fragile our home is. I am shocked by how swiftly the balance of nature can be disturbed – after all we humans have only been here for two million years! And I am reminded that our planet needs our help in securing her future. For this is our children's future, and our children’s children’s future, and so on.

I created the brand a.c.e. Nature to inspire myself and you – my fellow humans – to deepen our relationship with what was here long before we arrived and will be here long after we are gone.

Nature is beautiful! We must a.c.e. nature with all the love in our hearts. We must fall head over heels in love with nature. For our very existence depends on it!

—Clive Walcott, Wanderer and Founder of a.c.e. Nature