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Road Safety - Safe options for children helmets

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A poorly fitting helmet is an ineffective device. BIS standard helmets are currently not available in the entire gamut of sizes that might be needed by toddlers. The latest amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles (Second Amendment) Rules 2022, suggests bicycle helmets that comply with American and European standards as a second option. While these standards may offer alternative sizing options, it is important to be aware that there is limited crash data available on the safety and effectiveness of these bicycle helmets.

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Impact Assessment Report on Climate Change Curriculum in Tamil

The Tamil version of our FOCUS textbook (Climate Change Curriculum for students in grades 6-8) has been piloted in five districts in Tamil Nadu. The findings showed the textbook has brought transformative outcomes, including heightened awareness among students, innovative teaching methods & renewed enthusiasm among educators, marking a significant advancement in climate education in the region. The impact assessment report summarises the findings from the pilot. 

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Survey questionnaire to assess teachers knowledge on climate change

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The above questionnaire was used to assess teachers' knowledge of climate change before and after the deployment of the curriculum and to measure their changes in attitudes and behaviours related to environmental sustainability. Further, the questionnaire on teachers' reflections was documented at the end of every lesson to learn the effectiveness of the lesson plan and the challenges the teachers had to face in completing each unit.

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Survey questionnaire to assess students knowledge on climate change

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The above questionnaire was used to assess students' knowledge of climate change before and after the deployment of the curriculum and to measure their changes in attitudes and behaviours related to environmental sustainability.

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Sustainable Transport - Safe environment for cyclists in summer

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Even the most ardent cyclist is likely to think twice before attempting a journey in Chennai's summer heat. More people on private, motorised vehicles means more congestion, more exhaust fumes, and hotter roads. We need to break this vicious cycle - and a good place to begin is by firstly creating cycle paths and secondly, keeping these summer-ready. Qatar, known for its extremely hot climate, uses a shaded and mist-cooled cycle path to provide a safe and comfortable environment for cyclists. Chennai can be a trendsetter too!.

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Climate Change - Threat to coral reefs

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Since February 2023, mass bleaching events have been documented in coral reefs across at least 54 countries & territories. This widespread phenomenon underscores the grave threat posed by rising sea temperatures to these vital ecosystems.

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Between Breath and Behaviour: Examining the correlation between ambient air quality and violent crime in Chennai

It is high time to initiate a dialogue on the intricate relationship between air quality and violent crime. Although our recent study conducted in Chennai found a weak correlation, more research is needed. Do read our report for further insights.

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Road Safety - Helmets must for Children

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The latest amendment to the Central Motor Vehicles (Second Amendment) Rules 2022, mandates that even children as young as 9 months must be in helmets. Very young children travelling on motorbikes is a difficult problem to address as typically this is considered unsafe. However, this needs to be weighed alongside the fact that two wheeler travel is how much of India gets around. It's important that parents get to know the new rules, and engage with these. These are an important first step in the right direction.

#ChildSafety #RoadSafety #RoadAccidents 

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