With the March for Science coming up at the end of the week, we've been thinking a lot about the environment. On our social media last week, we posted, "What we stand for is what we stand on." This is a mantra for all of us on the committee, and to that end, we got in contact with the Cahaba River Society a few weeks ago to plan a field trip.
Cahaba River Society does fantastic community work right here in Birmingham. They offer educational trips, increase river recreation and tourism, clean up trash, spread information about river ecology and biodiversity, and strengthen policies that support our environment. We have noted several times as a committee that there are so many organizations that do wonderful work right here in the Magic City, and yet so much of the population is relatively unaware of the work they do.
This week, we wanted to put the spotlight on the Cahaba River Society. Beth Stewart, the Executive Director, will be our first speaker on Saturday. She will talk about the importance of clean water and the connection that we all have to the environment around us. With the help of Beth, as well as Gordon Black, the CRS Education Director, and La'Tanya Scott, the Environmental Educator, we went to experience exactly what the river has to offer. We wanted a chance to gain a better understanding of the delicate ecological balance that makes up the Cahaba River, and we wanted the opportunity to engage the community at large in a fun, educational, and scientific experience.
Your brave March for Science committee boarded their canoes and launched themselves into the Cahaba River, along with several members of the Birmingham community. Some of us had experience canoeing, and some of us didn't, and Gordon made one comment that really stood out to me. He mentioned that a lot of people who go on the field trip expect to encounter the full range of Wizard of Oz madness (lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!) and have had severely limited experience in the environment. It got me thinking, though - what can we do to try to encourage people to spend time in the beautiful environment available to us right here in our city? The Science March would like to be able to help open those doors, and we want to hear from the community regarding how we can work to do just that.
I've said often that there is work to be done beyond the March itself, and this is certainly something we all agree upon as a committee. We do not intend to show up on Saturday, pat ourselves on the back, and go home. The canoe trip reminded us why we march. We march so the next generation can have the opportunity we had last week; we march for clean water, clean air, and scientific education for our children and our children's children. We march for organizations like the Cahaba River Society, and we at the March for Science want to sincerely thank the entire staff for giving us this wonderful opportunity to remember why we do this work.
Please consider supporting the Cahaba River Society in any way that you can, whether that be volunteering, donating, attending fundraisers, or spreading the word. We want to see future generations experience the Cahaba, and they need our help as a community in order to make that future possible.