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"Quiet Hour" in 68 Australian supermarkets, Children's Wild Play Garden opens at Centennial Park, and world's first sustainable highway

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), in partnership with Coles, has rolled out "Quiet Hour" in 68 supermarkets to make the shopping experience a little easier;the Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden

at Centennial Park in Sydney, which opened last month, is encouraging kids to connect with the natural world; and a project to create the world's first sustainable highway is underway in Georgia, with a solar farm, a solar pavement and a crop of Kenza to capture carbon.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How the inaugural MAKE SOMETHING Week is a worldwide event from December 2-10 encouraging people to forgo shopping for new things and instead create, upcycle, repair and share. Read more here

• How the Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden at Centennial Park in Sydney, which opened last month, is encouraging kids to connect with the natural world. Read more here

• How a chain of 19 nurseries in the UK are banning glitter, another microplastic, to protect the environment. Read more here

• How a new Medicine and the Environment course at the University of Texas is training doctors to assess and treat health problems caused by environmental pollutants. Read more here

• How a city-wide experiment in Melbourne has shown that drivers responded well to a road congestion charge. Read more here

• How a project to create the world's first sustainable highway is underway in Georgia, with a solar farm, a solar pavement and a crop of Kenza to capture carbon. Read more here

• VIDEO: How a young girl with autism has set up a chicken companion program. View here

• How The Big Fix has been working with the community to establish Blackheath Community Farm as the first site of what we hope will be a distributed farming model throughout the village, making locally acclimatised heritage seeds and plants available to gardeners in the area. This Sunday we'll be holding a Spring Harvest Picnic and Garlic sale with our first garlic crop. Read more here

• How Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), in partnership with Coles, has rolled out "Quiet Hour" in 68 supermarkets to make the shopping experience a little easier. Read more here

 

Photo by Esteban La Tessa

 

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