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Forest Bathing: Free Medicine, No Swallowing Required

When long walks in the park become essential to the resistance

In case you missed it, forest bathing is a form of stress-reducing therapy that first began in Japan (called ‘shinrin-yoku’) and is taking off all over the US. No bathing suit required here – all you need is a little bit of time to play in the woods.

Recent Japanese research shows that this is, in fact, medicine that works. A study of forest walkers, ages mid-30s to mid-70s, showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure from 141 mmHg to 134 mmHg after an afternoon in the forest. In other words, more chill. Considering that the US sinks $190 billion into stress-related health care costs, forest bathing could save beaucoup bucks.

 

Photo: Amos Clifford / Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

 

In the next year, The Associations of Nature & Forest Therapy aims to train and certify around 250 new guides. These are people who help you stay present during your forest bathing.

Curious? Get your Forest Therapy starter kit from the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy.

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SF Supervisor Jane Kim Proposes Taxing Robots

A commonsense approach to a problem that's only going to get bigger.

In August, SF Supervisor Jane Kim launched a campaign called Jobs of the Future Fund, with intentions to find solutions for those who will inevitably lose jobs as automation increases.

“Proceeds from the tax would bankroll things like job retraining, free community college, or perhaps a universal basic income―countermeasures Kim thinks might make a robotic future more bearable for humans,” says Wired.

The campaign’s site states that this ‘automation revolution’ has the potential to eliminate more jobs than the Great Depression and Great Recession combined. As much as half of the jobs in the US will disappear “through the transition to robot, algorithms or other forms of automation.”

 

Uber is piloting self-driving cars. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

 

Jobs of the Future is an organization and outreach program that asks for policy makers, labor leaders, businesses and civic organizations to start thinking about solutions to this problem.

The solution their touting: a statewide California tax on automated robots, just like our workers today are being taxed (inspiration taken from Bill Gates). If companies are required by law to pay taxes for the automation the money can be funneled into education and retraining for those whose jobs have become obsolete.

As Kim reminds us, this is all very new territory. The terms ‘job displacement’ and ‘automation’ are still actively being defined. If you’d like to get involved and voice your opinion as Californians start working towards ballot measures, do it here.

Donate to their Crowdfunding campaign here

 

Photo: TechCrunch

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