Council of Scientific &Industrial Research (CSIR), as a part of the Earth Day Celebrations, installed and activated India’s biggest Climate Clock on the CSIR Headquarters Building in Rafi Marg, New Delhi today. The event signifies CSIR’s aim to spread awareness about climate change and its ill effects.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Chetan Singh Solanki of IIT, Bombay and Founder, Energy Swaraj Foundation said that there is an urgent need for every citizen of the country to be energy literate. He said every citizen must take steps to avoid or minimise energy usage as much as possible.

Dr Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary, Ministry of Earth Science and Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, delivered the CSIR AMRIT Lecture on “Unravelling the Secrets of Triggered Earthquakes: The Lighthouse Project of Scientific Drilling in Koyna”. The CSIR Accelerating Modern Research, Innovations and Technologies (AMRIT) Lecture Series aims to learn from the ideas and thoughts of India’s foremost S&T leaders that can help pave the way for actions by R&D organisations in general and CSIR in particular.

Addressing the gathering, Dr N Kalaiselvi, DG-CSIR, said that Earth Day is a reminder for us to protect the environment. She informed that under the CSIR-Energy Swaraj Foundation MoU, a large number of scientists and staff in CSIR has undergone the Energy Literacy Training. Climate clocks provided by the Foundation have been installed in most CSIR labs.

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