Gannon walking for Earth Day

4/18/2014, 2:16 p.m.

To mark Earth Week, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon will be hitting the trails on April 22 at Mason Mill Park and on April 29 at Gresham Park and she walks constituents join her or visit a county park.

Gannon, the Super District 6 commissioner, will be accompanied by two staff members, one of whom is a certified health fitness specialist. The alk starts at 6:15 a.m. Residents who join Gannon can discuss health-related topics with her.

“I hope people will come and walk with me,” Gannon said. “It will be a relaxed way to hear from the public, get some exercise and show our gratitude to Mother Earth.”

She said county parks offer many opportunities for better health, and that it’s always a good day to visit a park.

Earth Week has been celebrated since 1970. It is observed in more than 192 countries annually to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network at www.earthday.org.

To mark Earth Week, Gannon has added many resources to www.KathieGannon.com, to help residents find healthy foods, connect with river and stream protection groups, find trails to hike and bike, and collect other information about sustainable living in DeKalb County. Check out the Earth Week tab.

“With the growing evidence of climate change, we must raise our awareness of sustainability and do what we can as individuals to protect our local DeKalb environment,” she said.

“We’ve put some great resources together regarding local foods, parks, recycling, trees and protecting our rivers and streams.”

Gannon said there are many people and organizations focused on improving the local environment.

“I hope more citizens will join these green efforts,” she added.

Mason Mill Park is at 1400 McConnell Drive in Decatur. Gresham Park is at 3113 Gresham Road in Atlanta. Visit www.KathieGannon.com or call 404-371-4909.