The hashtag sparked from concern over potential aggression towards residents wearing religious attire.
“The (presumably) Muslim woman sitting next to me on the train silently removes her jihab,” a Sydney resident posted on Facebook. The poster went on to write that she confronted the woman, told her ‘put it back on. I'll walk with you,' to which the woman responded with tears and a hug.
The Facebook post spread and Tessa Kum, an editor in Sydney, created #IllRideWithYou – which has been tweeted thousands of times since.
“If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, & don't feel safe alone: I'll ride with you,” Kum's initial tweet read.
The idea caught on and many Sydney residents have tweeted their daily public transportation route along with an offer to accompany anyone in religious attire who is on a similar route.
Lower IQ is linked to common household products, study says
Exposure to common household chemicals found in plastics could impact children's intelligence level, according to a recent study.
Pregnant women were tested for high levels of phthalates DnBP and DiPB - two plastic compounds found in items including certain air fresheners, microwavable plastic Tupperware, and dryer sheets. Researchers then tested the mothers' children at age seven and found they had an average IQ score around six points lower than their peers.
“Pregnant women across the United States are exposed to phthalates almost daily, many at levels similar to those that we found were associated with substantial reductions in the IQ of children,” says Dr. Pam Factor-Litvak, lead author of the study.
Researchers have called the findings “troubling” and urge pregnant women to limit exposure to scented air fresheners, dryer sheets, recyclable plastics labeled 3, 6, and 7 and to avoid microwaving food in plastics. Products in the United States rarely list on the label if they contain the plastic compounds DnBP and DiPB, according to the study.
While the compounds have been regulated from certain toys, this is the first link between prenatal exposure to the plastics and brain development.
“There is no legislation governing exposure during pregnancy, which is likely the most sensitive period for brain development," the study reports.