“Forest Bathing”

One aspect of “Sustainable Living” is living in harmony with Earth – such as with solar heating, power, hot water, driving, etc. – and with permaculture food, toxin-free air and chemical-free water, etc.

However, another aspect is just as important to our quality-of-life experience.  In the 1980s, Japan discovered a process that reduces stress, increases health and longevity, and yields greater day-to-day life enjoyment.  They’ve named the process “Forest Bathing.”  It’s become a mainstay treatment in Japan and is spreading to many other countries. … Keep reading

Social Media Impacts

One of the major changes in our lives has been the widespread use of social media. Some hail it as a sign of low-cost global communication freedom. Some are concerned about what the positive and negative impacts might be. Here’s one study focused on the impact of social media on teenagers.

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Devices dominate teenagers’ social lives

 

Kim Hart

Common Sense Media

September 19, 2018Save

[Reproduced from “Social media, social life,”

Rideout, V., and Robb, M.… Keep reading

Screen Time & Cognition

Years ago, parents were concerned about how many hours their kids spent watching TV. Concerns were largely about lack of exercise, fitness, and obesity.  Now, many people have expressed concerns about the amount of time their kids spend playing computer games and using the variety of communications opportunities now available via one kind of screen or another.  Concerns have been about more than lack of fitness, however, but also about intellectual impact.  Now, here’s some actual research.

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Limiting children’s screen time linked to better cognition

 

Alex Therrien, Health reporter

BBC News

27 September 2018

 

Children aged eight to 11 who used screens for

fun for less than two hours a day performed

better in tests of mental ability, a study found.Keep reading

“Strongman Politics”

Here’s a brief article that may not seem like something we can do anything about, but which has absolutely direct bearing on sustainable living. Clearly, President Trump acts more like a dictator than previous Presidents, as he comes from small private sector companies, in which the owner of the company is the ruler, and has the right to hire and fire as he or she pleases.

However, if we look globally, many other countries who use the title, “President,” and purport to have democracies – such as The Philippines’ Duterte, Turkey’s Erdogan, China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin, or Venezuela’s Maduro – have leaders who were initially elected, but essentially turn their democracy into an autocracy.… Keep reading

London 100% Renewable

Here’s a brief article about what one of the world’s major cities, London, is doing to move from fossil fuel power to clean, renewable power.

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The City of London Will Be Powered By 100% Renewable Energy Starting in October

 

By Good News Network

Jun 21, 2018

 

The City of London has announced that they will be sourcing 100% of their energy needs from renewable sources by October 2018.

According to a statement released by the “Square Mile’s” ruling body, the city plans on implementing the shift by installing solar panels on all government-owned buildings; investing in off-site renewable energy projects; and buying clean energy from the grid.… Keep reading