Saving Lakes Using Judicial Orders Issued In ESG PIL’s

Demonstrated using the example of Krishnarajapura Kere On 11th April 2012, a Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court issued a final order in a Public Interest Litigation filed by ESG (WP 817/2008) seeking an end to the policy of privatisation of lakes, and for advancing a participatory schema that would assist protection and rehabilitation of lakes (and their canal networks) in Bangalore and across Karnataka. A direct result of this PIL is that the

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CEJI Demands Withdrawal Of Anti-Constitution, Anti-Environment And Anti-Democracy Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020

Statement of the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India Demand a Comprehensive New Substantive Environmental Law to Regulate Development in consonance with Environment Protection Act, 1986 The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) put out the Draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020 for public comment on 23rd March 2020, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nation-wide lockdown as a means to contain COVID-19 pandemic.  The Notification was thus issued for public

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Covaxin: ICMR’s Miserable Adventurism With Our Lives

The most unfortunate victims of these human trials would be the ones who would unknowingly surrender their bodies to be ‘guinea pigs’ – signing consents, or just putting their thumb impressions without fully realizing what they are doing. An analytical article by Leo Saldanha, published on 8th July 2020 in Gauri Lankesh News. Read the article here: https://gaurilankeshnews.com/icmrs-miserable-adventurism-with-our-lives-icmr/

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Webinar: Why Are We Gaia Blind?

When: 30th of June 2020 Flying rivers and the breath of biomes.  Ingenious actions of forests. The complex and beautiful living planet: Gaia.  On Tuesday 30th of June 2020, earth systems scientist Antonio Donato Nobre and ecologist Stephan Harding will explore planetary ecology, holistic science, and ways of learning from the earth, so we can serve her better.  Indian Standard Time: 5:00 PM British Standard Time: 12:30PM Brazil Standard Time: 8:30 AM The first 300

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COVID As A Cover For Enhanced International Finance?

Join the webinar. Speakers:Sreedhar Ramamurthi, Environics Trust / NGO Forum on ADBLeo Saldanha Saldanha, Environment Support GroupMaju Varghese Varghese, Centre for Financial AccountabilityAnuradha Munshi Munshi, Centre for Financial Accountability Moderator:Sanjay M.G., National Alliance of People’s Movements June 26, 11am Register for Zoom link: bit.ly/rtfuture

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Notes For The India Workshop Of Governance Of Socio Technical Transformation Project (GoST)

Prepared by Leo F. Saldanha, Principal Investigator Bhargavi S. Rao, Associate Principal Investigator GoST India Project Governance of Socio Technical Transformation is a collaborative project involving Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA); Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany); Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (UK) and African Centre for Technology Studies (Kenya) and Environment Support Group, Bangalore (India) Focus of the project:Transformations in systems of energy, agriculture, and urban digital infrastructure are

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National Consultation On Draft EIA Notification 2020 – Focus On Environmental Protection And Justice, Virtual Meet On June 05

Press Release: 7 June 2020 On the occasion of World Environment Day, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), Environment Support Group (ESG), and Movement for Advancing Understanding on Sustainability And Mutuality (MAUSAM) organised a national consultation on Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020: Focus on environmental protection and justice. We were joined by speakers Dr. Sharadchandra Lele-ATREE, Bengaluru, Mr. Leo Saldanha-Environment Support Group, Bengaluru, Mr Rohit Prajapati-Environmental Activist, Baroda, Mr Alok Shukla-Chhattisgarh Bachao

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Online Conference By Poovulagin Nan Bargal & Swaraj Abhiyan

Leo Saldhana from ESG will speak on the Growing Environmental Crisis at the online Conference by Poovulagin Nan Bargal & Swaraj Abhiyan Date : 7/06/2020, Time: 5 pm – 7 pm ZOOM MEETING DETAILS https://zoom.us/j/96509317810, Meeting ID : 96509317810 www.poovulagu.org email: info@poovulagu.org www.facebook.com/poovulagu I II www.facebook.com/SwarajAbhiyanTamilnadu

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National Consultation On Draft EIA 2020, Environmental Protection And Justice

Virtual Meet on June 05, 2020  As habitat destruction and biodiversity loss continues unabated across the globe, pandemic spread of diseases like coronavirus (COVID-19) may just be an instance of a new normal. Rapid destruction of forests could increasingly expose human populations to wild pathogens, as humans spread their influence deeper into the ecosphere. Besides, more situations could arise where pathogens jump to human hosts. The degradation of ecosystems has a cascading effect on wildlife

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Webinar- Re-imagining The Future: Peoples’ Agenda For A Post COVID Economy.

Overview When: Every Tuesday & Friday Listen to, and converse with academicians, practitioners, movement leaders, trade unionists and activists. Register Now Week 4 Session 6 Recordings Inaugural session: TM Thomas Isaac (Minister of Finance, Kerala); Aruna Roy (Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan); Prabhat Patnaik (Professor Emeritus, JNU) & Vandana Shiva (Navdanya), moderated by Leo Saldanha (Environment Support Group).  Towards A Transformative Political Economy: Medha Patkar (Narmada Bachao Andolan / NAPM); M.G. Devasahayam (Former Civil Servant / People

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Irrfan Khan, Gentle Man, So Long..

All of us at Environment Support Group join millions across the world in grieving the untimely passing on of Irrfan Khan, an actor par excellence and human extraordinaire. Such a gentle giant rarely graces our world filled as it is with confusions. Irrfan did and clarified it with his magical looks and calming demeanour.  Irrfan Khan will be missed forever. But he lives every day in every heart that cherished his sublime presence on and

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National Consultation On The Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

As the nation is going through a pandemic and subsequent shut down, the government is introducing one change after another which will have impact on the economy, people, livelihoods etc. After introducing the labor codes through ordinances, the electricity act is being amended. The amendment bill reintroduces reforms which could not be passed in 2014 and 2018 due to opposition and resistance from various quarters. The amendments were proposed on 17th April and people given

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Stay Safe! An Information Archive To Help Take Care Of Yourself, Your Family And Your Community During COVID Pandemic

a. Top References b. Key Orders, Circulars and Advisories from Indian Central and State Agencies regarding tackling COVID-19 pandemic COVID-19 Circulars & Orders from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Advisories and Guidelines by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Orders from Ministry of Finance Orders from Ministry of Labour Advisories from Ministry of AYUSH Orders, Guidelines and Advisories from National Disaster Management, Government of India Food Corporation of India (FCI) Circular reg COVID-19 National

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In Solidarity: Staying Compassionate In These Trying Times

Distress Migration forced by Lockdown without appropriate Preparation:  India executed the biggest lockdown in human history by imposing curfew and forcing 1.3 billion citizens to stay home from 24th March 2020. The initial three weeks lock down has now been extended to 3rd May 2020. This sudden announcement unleashed chaos across the country as migrant workers, daily wagers, the poor and travelling public were left stranded. Without money and food, millions were forced to stay

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