On Thursday, April 4th at 5:30 pm, Camas Public Library and Dr. Michael Windelspecht from Inspire EdVentures will host a special screening of an award-winning documentary Chasing Coral. The screening is free and open to the public! The Chasing Coral documentary follows a team of divers, photographers and scientists who set out to photograph the elusive process of coral bleaching, a phenomenon happening at an unprecedented rate around the world due to warming ocean temperatures. The film took over 3.5 years to make, features 500 hours of underwater footage, and submissions from over 30 countries. This inspirational film explores not only the passion of the scientists in investigating the devastation of coral reefs, but also the hope for the solution that will save this resource for future generations.
While you may not consider Camas to be directly tied to the health of the coral reefs, the film demonstrates how we are all connected on a global level. So, in anticipation of the screening, we sat down with Camas’ Mayor, Shannon Turk, to reflect on how Camas celebrates and supports the environment every day.
Ms Turk and her family have been Camas residents since 2002 and in that time frame, she has seen the community take steps in protecting its green spaces. For example, In the past several years, the City of Camas has been dedicated to containing the housing footprints by building affordable houses on smaller lots that don’t disrupt green areas and protect the beautiful wetlands that are natural habitats to many animals, birds and insects.
With the boom in residential and commercial development, it has also been important to protect the tree canopy that is essential in recycling the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen. Furthermore, as part of the Bee City USA program, Camas recently committed to creating sustainable habitats for pollinators whose populations are being disrupted by the use of chemical pesticides.
When asked what the future holds for environmental efforts in Camas, Ms Turk would love to see continued education and conversation around replacing single-use plastic items such as plastic packaging with biodegradable or reusable alternatives. She would also like to see an increase in the use of solar technology, such as solar-powered garbage cans in all public spaces. The Mayor is “…inspired by the younger generation that realizes they can make a difference and nudge their parents in the right direction.”
At Inspire EdVentures, we share Mayor Turk’s vision of an environmentally-friendly future. So please join us on Thursday for an interactive family movie night which will include a pre-movie Q&A on why inland communities like Camas should care about the oceans; a display of common pollution culprits , such as single-use plastic, and their environmentally-friendly counterparts; a special prize drawing of a HydroFlask reusable water bottle; and coffee catered by a local coffee roaster, Hidden River Roaster. The evening will no doubt be educational and inspiring for all age groups and we look forward to seeing you there! Inspire Edventures Team.