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Earth Day’s roots date back to April 1970, when people around the world took to the streets to raise awareness about smog prevention. At the time, there was growing evidence linking this type of air pollution to developmental delays in children.
Today, almost 50 years later, Earth Day’s 2018 mission is to prevent plastic pollution. Plastics litter our highways, injure marine wildlife, and leach into farmers’ fields and our food supply. The chemicals in plastic are linked to reproductive system abnormalities, birth defects, impaired neurological functions, cancer, diabetes, early puberty, obesity, and even resistance to chemotherapy.
What can older adults do to help keep our earth green and reduce plastic pollution?
There are a variety of small steps you can take that add up to a healthier, safer planet.
10 Ways to Create Change on Earth Day
At Sunrise Senior Living, we are dedicated to helping create a greener planet. Some of our communities have even earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification! You can learn more by visiting a Sunrise community near you.