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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Apr 15, 2024 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read


Since 1970, April 22 has marked Earth Day, a holiday that reminds us of the precious nature of the planet we call home. As a day dedicated to environmental protection and sustainability, Earth Day holds global significance, promoting a healthy, more sustainable environment for all. This occasion serves as a powerful call to action, particularly resonant among older adults who possess a lifetime of experiences and have witnessed environmental changes over the decades.

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and help contribute to a legacy of stewardship and respect for our natural world. Brickmont Assisted Living understands the importance of environmental wellness, so it’s our goal to create a place where you can “Live Where You’re Loved.” However, this mission goes above and beyond our internal communities. 

We want to share ways to celebrate Earth Day, not just on April 22, but all year long, so we all can play a part in creating a healthier environment for everyone.

Sustainable Living Practices for Seniors

Energy Conservation 

Making small adjustments around your home can lead to substantial energy savings. Consider replacing traditional light bulbs with LED options, unplugging appliances when not in use, and using natural light whenever possible.

Water Conservation 

Water conservation is equally crucial. You can save water by fixing leaks promptly, taking shorter showers, and turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth. Installing water-efficient fixtures can also decrease water usage.

Recycling and Waste Reduction Strategies

Reducing waste can start with simple steps like recycling paper, plastic, and metal goods. Composting organic waste contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and can provide excellent fertilizer for gardens.

Gardening and Outdoor Activities

Benefits of Gardening for Seniors

Gardening isn’t just a serene and enjoyable pastime. It’s also an effective way for older adults to contribute positively to the environment while spending meaningful time in the beauty of nature. Engaging with soil and plants can reduce stress and promote physical activity while also helping our bodies build resilience. Studies have shown that when we get our hands dirty while gardening, the dirt we interact with contains many microorganisms that can build the immune system and help us fight off allergies, asthma, and even mental health issues. 

No matter the size of your space, starting a small herb garden or container garden is feasible. Ensure you have nutrient-rich soil and choose plants suitable for your climate and skills.

Engaging in Outdoor Activities to Support the Environment

Outdoor activities such as bird watching, participating in tree-planting events, or simply enjoying nature trails are valuable for wellness and support environmental consciousness.

You can also visit your local farmer’s market or tour a nearby farm to learn more about the seasonal foods and growth practices that make these ingredients more environmentally friendly! This can help boost your nutrition while providing a greater sense of appreciation for locally sourced ingredients. 

Volunteering and Community Engagement

Opportunities to Get Involved in Environmental Causes

Many organizations welcome the wisdom and experience that seniors bring. Joining environmental groups or initiatives can provide a sense of purpose and a chance to meet like-minded individuals.

Joining Local Clean-Up Events

Local clean-up events are often short-term commitments that make a visible difference in the community. Parks, beaches, and river clean-ups are excellent ways for seniors to contribute to Earth Day celebrations.

Participating in Community Gardening Projects

Community gardens allow individuals to collaborate, grow food, and beautify neighborhoods. By participating, you can foster community connections and implement sustainable practices.

Of course, actions that benefit the environment don’t have to be limited to Earth Day. Whether you want to start your own community garden or participate in sustainability practices, these small steps can become a part of your legacy to future generations, ensuring that every day is a day to honor the Earth. With each green step forward, the collective efforts of older adults are more than a celebration; they're a movement towards a more sustainable world for today and tomorrow!

Brickmont Assisted Living’s guiding principles include respect, purpose, and stewardship, all of which are necessary for creating a healthier environment. In our communities, we encourage residents to take advantage of our patio areas, gardens, and walking paths to connect with nature and make strides toward a sustainable future. 

Contact our team to learn more about assisted living and memory care communities!

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