(Reprinted from Darien News, Thursday, March 12, 2009)
The new environmental lecture series at the DCA, “Troubled Water: Safeguarding a Vital Resource,” will kick off March 19 at 7 p.m. with Alison M. Jones, founder and director of the non-profit organization, No Water No Life.
Jones combines the power of photography, science and stakeholder knowledge to discuss watershed degradation and sustainable solutions for managing vital freshwater resurces. The event is open to the public and will benefit the Darien Community Association and its Scholarship Fund.
The 2009 Environmental Lecture Series is being co-sponsored by the Darien Nature Center and the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Individual or series tickets may be purchased through the DCA, 655-9050. Students may attend free-of-charge.
Jones has photographed in Africa for more than 20 years, mostly for conservation and development programs. While co-piloting over Africa, she realized how its rivers and lakeshores are “ribbons of life,” and became immersed in studying global water issues.
As director of No Water No Life, Jones uses photography to publicize the concerns of scientists and stakeholders regarding watershed degradation and to promote public awareness of sustainable management solutions. Her images are seen in magazines, in books and on television, and are used as the basis of her workshops, lectures and exhibits.
Jones was granted an honorary master’s degree in photography from Brooks Institute. She is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photography, director of The North American Nature Photography Association and member of The Explorers Club, American Society of Media Professionals and TechnoServe, a development agency providing solutions to rural poverty. She was a founding supporter of Kenya’s Mara Conservancy and is currently enrolled at Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
As a complement to the DCA Environmental Lecture Series, the Darien Nature Center will exhibit Jones’ recent collection of photographs for “No Water, No Life.”
This exhibit will feature her independent research on the watersheds of North America’s Columbia, Mississippi, and Raritan River Basins, and Africa’s Blue Nile, Omo and Mara River Basins. The exhibit will be on display from March 22 to April 24. The opening reception is on Sunday, March 22, 4–6 p.m.
The lecture series takes place at the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. Call the DCA at 655-9050 for more information or log onto its Web site at www.dariendca.org.