Facing an aging population, the city of Singapore created a therapeutic garden to improve quality of life for the elderly. Green spaces reduce stress, improve mood, clean the air, and provide a place for people to exercise and gather. The garden also serves as a space to practice horticultural therapy, which reduces isolation and increases mental and physical well-being. The walkways and benches in the garden can accommodate wheelchairs and caregivers, and the planting beds are movable to make gardening activities accessible.
Climate Protection: Sequesters carbon dioxide
Health, Well-Being, & Safety: Increases air quality; improves mood; reduces stress
Connection: Promotes social interaction and interaction with nature
This post is part of a series on examples of multisolving, or climate-smart policies that simultaneously work to mitigate climate change while providing co-benefits such as the ones described above. The multiple benefits analysis was done using the FLOWER framework.