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Media Workshop 2021: Media as a catalyst for clean and sustainable power generation

Tue, 28/09/2021 - 16:25

Like any other state in India, Tamil Nadu principally relies on coal for its energy production which is a major contributor to climate change and raises the vulnerability of Tamil Nadu and other Indian states to frequent natural disasters and extreme weather events. Public concern about climate change was largely informed via media consumption. It's important for climate change to become a bigger part of the national conversation, along with what's causing it: the burning of oil, gas and coal and the media has a big role to play in it. During this workshop, reputed journalist, Mr. Bhasker Tripathi spoke about how upcoming journalists can engage more people on the issue of climate change and how to tell the story of the climate change and tell it accurately.

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Alternatives to Geoengineering Technology for use in India

Tue, 31/08/2021 - 16:00

The term “geoengineering” refers to a set of technologies that counteract the effects of anthropogenic climate change by deliberately intervening in Earth systems. Deliberately altering climate and the catastrophic effects it could have is truly frightening. So, what are the alternatives that can counteract the effects of climate change without resorting to geoengineering?

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Why and how to adopt a sustainable lifestyle: a stepwise guide

Fri, 13/08/2021 - 14:50

While systemic changes are key to combating greenhouse gas emission, sustainable lifestyles also help achieve reductions.  While the general notion is that individual behavioural changes have little effect, in fact they do add up to make a difference. These guidelines help you adopt a sustainable lifestyle by reflecting, switching & demanding systemic changes for a better future.

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கருத்து கணக்கெடுப்பு படிவம்

Fri, 06/08/2021 - 18:09

பிளாஸ்டிக் மாசுபாடு பிரச்சனை பற்றிய புரிதல் குறித்து பொதுமக்கள் கருத்து ஆய்வு; உணவு பேக்கேஜிங்கில் மறுசுழற்சி லேபிள்கள் இருப்பது மற்றும் அத்தகைய தகவல் (மறுசுழற்சி லேபிள்கள்) தெளிவாக வழங்கப்பட்டால் வாங்கும் முறைகள் மாறுவதற்கான பொதுமக்களின் தயார்நிலை.

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Behind the labels

Fri, 06/08/2021 - 17:06

A CAG study in 5 cities in Tamil Nadu on compliance of plastic packaging used for food products with recycling labelling as required by BIS. The study also seeks to understand if the information provided is accessible and useful to consumers through a perception survey. The study found that recycling labels rarely provide all the information required as per law and that most of them are hard to locate, read, and understand. Consumers cannot make an informed choice unless a standard labelling mechanism is set up that is focussed on providing information in an appropriate manner.

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Efficacy of single-use plastic ban in Chennai

Fri, 06/08/2021 - 17:03

A CAG study to assess the status of the single-use plastic ban, two years after it came into force. The study looked at f&b outlets, fruit and vegetable markets and shops across Chennai to document the prevalence of single-use plastic. The study found that single-use plastic continues to be abundant across sectors.

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Webinar on Energy Efficiency and Electrical Safety by ECC Tirunelveli

Tue, 20/07/2021 - 18:00

Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), in association with the Electricity Consumer Cell - Tirunelveli, organized a webinar on energy efficiency & electrical safety on June 22, 2021 via Zoom platform. This session was attended by over 50 electricity consumers from the Tirunelveli district.

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Dr.Ganapathy Subramaniam, Coordinator - ECC Tirunelveli presented a brief introduction about the Tirunelveli Electricity Consumer Cell, the nature of work carried out by them and the range of electricity issues handled.

Following the introduction, Mr.Shanmugam, Advisor - ECC Tirunelveli welcomed the participants of the webinar and introduced the chief guest of the session, Mrs.Siva Sathiya Valli, Head of Tirunelveli Government Museum. Mrs. Siva Sathiya, took the opportunity to deliver a special welcome address and brought to focus the significance of electricity and the need to take active measures to ensure electrical safety.

Subsequently, Mr.Balaji, Researcher, CAG introduced CAG and its work across different sectors. He also provided  an overview of CAG’s Electricity Consumer Cells initiative run in seven districts of Tamil Nadu - Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Tirunelveli, Salem, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli and Vellore.

Er.Petchimuthu,Assistant Executive Engineer (Safety), TANGEDCO, the key speaker of the webinar, made his  presentation on electricity, its significance, the level of dependency we have on it and the importance of electrical safety. He began by explaining how electrical accidents occur and cautioned his listeners that damaged wires or contacting electrical wires which are connected to the electricity supply have a high probability of causing electrical accidents. He stated that a dry human body is 1,00,000 Ohms resistant to electricity and that if the human body is subjected to over 80 milli Ampere of current it would be a cause of fatality. He shed light on electrical accidents that occured during 2020-2021 and advised electricity consumers to strictly follow the below best practices:

  1. Use electrical wires and wiring connections that are  ISI certified. 
  2. Engage an electrician who is licensed by Govt of Tamil Nadu to do household wiring.
  3. Install earth leakage circuit breaker near the electricity meter in the premises to avoid electrical accidents.
  4. Ensure that the switch is in OFF condition, before inserting a plug into the socket.
  5. Use heavy appliances like Refrigerator, Grinder, Motor, Iron Box with three-pin sockets. No connection should be given to the plug point without a socket.
  6. Consider avoiding usage of immersion type water heaters since it is among the leading cause for electrocution. 
  7. Place the electricity meter where there are no leakages and ensure that the meter is  easy to access for assessment/taking meter readings. . 
  8. Surround iron pipes which are used to support electrical wires with PVC pipes for  insulation. 
  9. Do not overload an electrical socket by connecting more than one appliance to it. 
  10. Do not dry clothes or tie animals to an electric pole or  supporting fixtures. 
  11. Avoid  constructing buildings  near or under hanging electrical wires 
  12. Be sure to get  proper approval from TANGEDCO before cutting down branches of trees near electrical wires. 
  13. Avoid tying decoration lights  to trees or iron gates.. 
  14. Do not stand under trees or electric poles or empty land when lightning and thunder strikes.
  15. Avoid electrical usage in areas which show signs of stagnant/leaking water.

He concluded the presentation by sharing anecdotes to support his advice on what an average electricity consumer should and shouldn’t do. He further guided the participants on what consumers should do if  they are  affected by electrical accidents. He also shared TANGEDCO’s fuse-off call number (1912) and Minnagam’s customer care number ( 94987 94987) with the participants. 

Mr. Muthusamy, Junior Consultant, ECC Tirunelveli concluded the webinar with a Vote of Thanks. 

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