“What they do not know and value, they will not protect, and what they do not protect, they will lose.”
-Charles Jordan, former Director of the Parks Bureau of Portland Oregon, former head of the Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization that addresses worldwide environmental issues
“Play Again,” an award-winning documentary from director Tonje Hessen Schei was screened in Founders Hall auditorium of NCCC on October 2, and explored the possible consequences of the disappearing connection between children and nature. Charles Jordan’s quote concisely lays out the progression of results that come from lacking knowledge, which is critical in recognizing value. When applied to the environment, these implications could be catastrophic- if it is not known about and valued, it will not be protected. If it is not protected, it will be lost, and if it is lost, so is everything that depends upon it for life, including us.
Growing up, I always remember my father as someone who was genuine, giving, and humble. I never heard him complain, swear, or say a bad word about anyone; he was the consummate gentleman. Never embarrassed to be demonstrative, he was open about his love for his family. For me, the youngest of three and the only girl, I felt his support with me always. While at times he said he didn’t understand or perhaps didn’t agree with something I did, he always believed in my ability to make a good decision for myself. This was something I needed to remember and return in kind, years later, when his physical health, and more importantly, his spirit declined in spite of his ever present mind.
As people filed in, a hopeful, excited buzz filled the atrium of the Arts and Science Building at Northwestern Connecticut Community College on the evening of April 24. The Susan B. Anthony Project partnered with NCCC’s Women’s Center to hold the sixth annual Sexual Assault Awareness Vigil to honor survivors, recognize efforts made by individuals and groups to end sexual violence, and bring awareness to the community. April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the countrywide campaign is, “It’s time… to talk about it!”
Progress; the word refers to continual change, but the word itself continually changes in our minds and in our hearts. What was once progress has been cast aside, and our definition of it has since changed. Personal growth now has little meaning, and is either tied into a person’s “career” or into their worth for the world. So what kind of world do we now live in? A world of science, business, economics, and engineering is the answer. This world of ours seems to often cast away the interpersonal progress of empathy, compassion and spirituality. The secret to true growth may in fact lie in the past, and not in the present.