MoEF&CC Must Stop Destroying India’s Progressive Environment, Forest And Biodiversity Protection Jurisprudence

At a time when the United Nations General Assembly has finally passed a resolution making Right to Clean and Healthy Environment a Human Right, Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is doing everything to destroy India’s progressive environmental jurisprudence.

We invite you to endorse a statement demanding Indian Government must step back from its proposals to comprehensively dilute India’s and devastate India’s environmental laws. And it must stop yielding to corporate pressures and instead defend our Constitutional rights over our health, environment and our futures.

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Week 3 Of ESG Imaginaries To Make Cities Work: Mobility & Infrastructure

ESG has worked with street communities to reclaim streets as public commons, to protect street vendor rights, to promote pedestrian and cycling rights, to secure urban greenery – especially tree lines and heritage spaces, all to promote the idea of a  city that would ensure inclusivity is central to such public spaces and infrastructure. The argument has been and continues to be that there must be deep democratisation of decision making relating to mobility and infrastructure development so that the promise of Article 39 B – that ownership and employment of material resources best serve the  common good – is actually an argument for  protecting commons, ensuring good health, promoting environmentally viable and equitable livelihoods, and ensuring the city is a construct that is socially responsible, economically viable and ecologically wise.  

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Invite To A Consultation: Amendments To Environmental Laws

To assess the implications of the proposed changes, and also to propose a pathway for progressive reforms of India’s environmental laws, Environment Support Group in collaboration with the Institute of Public Policy at National Law School of India University is organising a half day consultation on 18th July 2022 (Monday) from 2 pm – 6 pm. We invite you to this consultation and sincerely hope you will be able to participate despite this short notice

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Need For Meaningful Extensive Review And Debate On Fundamental Changes Proposed To India’s Environment Protection Act, 1986 And Related Laws 

India’s environmental jurisprudence has been torn between the competing demands of prioritising environmental protection and securing economic progress.  While there are several judgements that speak to the need for balancing development with environmental priorities, it is not necessarily an exercise that can be easily rationalised.  There is overwhelming evidence in the pollution flowing in every river and lake across the country, in the extensive degradation across the Western Ghats and the Himalayas – resulting in catastrophic impacts on human settlements, in the breakdown of our cities every time it rains or when there is an unrelenting heat wave, and in commons that are extensively encroached, diverted and polluted, that the state of India’s environment is precariously hinged.  The damaging consequences of such extensive degradation are irreversible and will seriously impede the country’s socio-economic progress.

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Fundamental Dilution Of Environmental Laws And Jurisprudence Of India Proposed

The current proposed amendments to four major environmental laws, are effectively a big step away from India’s long held statutory tradition of protecting environmental and natural resources and is a clear indicator of prevailing priority: putting business and commercial interest over environmental protection and safeguarding human rights.  The draft Bills were put out on 1st July 2022 by the Ministry in English, not any of the other Scheduled languages, and the commenting period ends on 21st July 2022.  Never in the history of India has there ever been such a rush to put interests of international and national business empires over that of peoples of India and its biodiversity.   

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Designing A Low Energy Home

The most important aspect of a sustainable house or infrastructure is to create one that consumes less energy in both its production and operation. As human civilization settles down comfortably into a lifestyle of energy and product consumption, we lead ourselves to believe that we can become green by just shifting the source of energy generation, unwilling to fathom that unnecessary product and process creation is the underlying issue. Energy reduction and lifestyle changes can pave the way for true sustainability.

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Environment Justice Matters_ Vol3. Issue 8

The Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia University’s Earth Institute issued the  2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report recently.  It is projected as a “data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world” and uses “40 performance indicators across 11 issue categories” to rank “180 countries on climate change performance, environmental health, and ecosystem vitality”. India has been ranked at the bottom of this list, scoring merely 18.9 points of a possible 100.

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ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೆರೆಗಳ, ಕಾಲುವೆಗಳ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾಮೂಹಿಕ ನೀರಿನ ನೆಲೆಗಳ ವಿಕೇಂದ್ರೀಕೃತ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕವಾಗಿ ಒಳಗೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ ವಿವೇಕದ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪುನರ್ವಸತಿ

2022 ರ ಮೇ 17 ರಂದು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಕಾನೂನು ಸೇವೆಗಳ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಎನ್ವಿರಾನ್ಮೆಂಟ್ ಸಪೋರ್ಟ್ ಗ್ರೂಪ್ (ESG) ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ “ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೆರೆಗಳು, ಕಾಲುವೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನೀರಿನ ಕಾಮನ್ಸ್ ಗಳ ವಿಕೇಂದ್ರೀಕೃತ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕವಾಗಿ ಒಳಗೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ ವಿವೇಕದ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪುನರ್ವಸತಿ” ಕುರಿತು ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣವು ಎಷ್ಟು ದೂರವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಣಯಿಸಲು ಒಂದು ಅವಕಾಶವಾಗಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಉಚ್ಚ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯದ 2012 ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದ ಬೆಳಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳಿಗೆ ನೀರು, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ-ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ ಭದ್ರತೆಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಹೈಕೋರ್ಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾನೂನು ಸೇವಾ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಧೀಶರು, ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಹಿರಿಯ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು, ತಜ್ಞರು ಮತ್ತು ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಮುಖಂಡರು ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣವನ್ನು ಉದ್ದೇಶಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

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Environment Justice Matters Vol 3. Issue. 6 | Large Gaps In Bengaluru’s Urban Planning Process & More

The IPCC sixth assessment report released early April notes that climate misinformation can jeopardise climate action  and weaken public demand for mitigation and adaptation measures. The  report  acknowledges the role of misinformation in fuelling polarisation, saying, “Together with the proliferation of suspicions of “fake news” and “post-truth”, some traditional and social media contents have fuelled polarisation and partisan divides on climate change in many countries.”

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THE ANATOMY OF A SOLAR LAND GRAB – Report Of A Fact-Finding Committee

Karbi and Adivasi farmers belonging to Mikir Bamuni Grant village in Nagaon district of Assam reported that about 93 acres of the land they were cultivating was taken over forcibly during 2020 by Azure Power Forty Private Limited, a subsidiary of international power corporation Azure Power Global Ltd. The farmers reported that their land was taken for establishing a 15 MW solar power plant by the company. In the process, ripened paddy crop raised on over 200 bighas of land was razed to the ground on 8th October, 2020 by the company. Villagers report that the local police and district authorities backed this forced dislocation of the farmers and forcible takeover of their lands.

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Pavagada Solar Plant Shines, But At What Cost?

Alternative sources of energy like solar is the way ahead but going forward in this realm requires a need to understand that mega power plants spanning thousands of acres, commissioned by converting habitable lands may not be the right way to do it. Solar plants can coexist with farming, animal rearing and other rural livelihoods. It just needs more dialogue and local people’s participation to suit the local landscapes.

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Reimagining Renewable Energy For This Earth Day

22nd April 2022 will be the 52nd year since the observation of  Earth Day. A day that marked the birth of the modern environment movement across the West. Earth Day in the 1990s became a global call for action drawing attention of the world to the developing environmental crisis as a fallout of the Rio Summit 1992. Now we are enduring climate change impacts. The IPCC report 2022 warns if global carbon emissions are not reduced substantially, heat and humidity will surpass human tolerance and this can seriously impact human health and the economy.

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