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Lessons From London For Chattanooga’s National Park City Quest

Daniel Raven-Ellison
Daniel Raven-Ellison

For this Earth Day, what is a National Park City?

London is one. So is Adelaide, Australia.

The City of Chattanooga would like to join the National Park City movement.

Daniel Raven-Ellison - who calls himself a “guerilla geographer” and he’s a National Geographic Explorer - campaigned for London to become a National Park City.

It’s Earth Week here in Chattanooga.

Check out the events now through Saturday at chattanooga.gov/parks.

Earth Week 2024 City of Chattanooga banner.
Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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