Kevin Patrick Law - April 2020

APRIL 2020

Legally Brief With Kevin Patrick Automobile accidents | Daycare injuries | wrongful death

Running Full Speed Toward Earth Day

HOW MY HOBBY INSPIRED ME TO PROTECT THE PLANET

Last month after one of my depositions wrapped up, I changed into running clothes, hopped in my car, and took a drive down to the Chattahoochee River. It’s not unusual for me to make that pilgrimage to the water for a quick jog around our local loop trail. There’s something about stepping out of the office and into nature for a bit that always helps me clear my head, and that night was particularly special. While I was making the loop around 4:30 or 5:00 p.m., I rounded a corner and saw two deer up ahead enjoying the evening, just like I was. Seeing those deer grazing on the banks of the river was a nice way to finish up my week, but it also reminded me that I’m part of something bigger: the whole Georgia ecosystem. Living in a bustling city like Atlanta, sometimes it can be easy to forget how important nature is. But those deer reminded me how important it is to be appreciative of the natural beauty and resources we have here in our state. Thanks to that nudge and some advice from a friend, I decided

to step out of my comfort zone and actually do something to help the planet.

away, I knew this would be a great cause for me and my firm to join, and we made plans to volunteer with Park Pride, including during Earth Day! I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for my staff and me to press pause on our busy lives for a few hours, get to know one another even better, and get back to nature. I was so excited about my plan that I even started our new give-back mission early. On Feb. 17, we headed out of the office to help clean up Anderson Park. It was an amazing experience to see the impact we had in just a few hours, and it made me even more excited to work with Park Pride going forward! Are you planning to volunteer for Earth Day this year, or do you already give back to nature year-round? If you do, I’d love to hear about it next time you call or stop by the office for help with a personal injury case. I’m still on the lookout for more ideas!

I’ve always been a nature lover at heart, but in the past, I focused more on reading about nature (I was a big fan of Henry Thoreau’s book "Walden" when I was younger) and experiencing it than taking action to protect it. One of my favorite things to do is visit our national parks just to hike or jog while I take in the beauty of nature. So I was inspired to start looking around for ways to actually give back to the planet in the spirit of Earth Day (which is coming up this month on Wednesday, April 22). Luckily, I ended up finding a great local organization called Park Pride pretty early in my search. Park Pride is based right here in Atlanta, and its mission is keeping our parks clean, beautiful, and well-maintained. The group organizes regular volunteer activities like litter cleanups, mulching and planting days, and invasive plant pulls. The organization is well-run and looking for long-term community partners. Right

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