Giving Back

Ovation Wealth Advisors understands that one of the core principles of financial planning is to mitigate risks in the pursuit of goal achievement. It is commonplace to address uncomfortable realities like the need for skilled nursing care or death coming far too soon. We delay gratification and indulgence in the present to prepare for a retirement where resources last at least as long as we do. But little consideration is given to risks beyond financial. The time for thinking bigger is now.

Drawing on inspiration from Carl Sagan’s book, Pale Blue Dot, Ovation Wealth advisors has joined 1% for the Planet; a growing community of companies who are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of industry. By contributing at least 1% of total annual sales to grassroots environmental groups, members of 1% for the Planet can affect real change.

As the first financial planners in Minnesota to join 1% for the Planet, we hope to pave the way for more corporate responsibility in the business community and support conscientious individuals who value serious commitments to the environment.

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

The original photo was taken on February 14, 1990 as the Voyager 1 spacecraft sped past Neptune and turned its camera back towards Earth for one last look. Voyager 1 was about 6.4 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) away, and approximately 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane, when it captured this portrait of our world. Caught in the center of scattered light rays (a result of taking the picture so close to the Sun), Earth appears as a tiny point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size.