Karnataka High Court Directs Revenue Secretary To Demonstrate Compliance In ESG Lakes PIL

For almost two years now, Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka of the High Court of Karnataka has systematically developed jurisprudence to protect lakes as our commons, and for posterity. This is being achieved by his orders in a PIL filed by Citizens Action Group (CAG) PIL (WP 38401/2014). The jurisprudence reaffirms a schema for protecting and rehabilitating lakes based on their ground up monitoring, and for their rehabilitation through public involvement while ensuring regulatory oversight is transparent and accountable.

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Futures Forum Seminar On Preparedness: 12-13 January 2021

ESG is participating in one effort – a 23 country comparative study to learn lessons for the future from COVID-19, a study led by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard Kennedy School and Prof. Stephen Hilgartner of Cornell University which will be featured in Futures Forum seminar on Preparedness, 12-13 Jan 2021.

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Webinar Series: ‘Better Bus Bengaluru’

The final webinar as part of the “Better Bus Bengaluru” campaign with #BengaluruMoving is on Friday, 28th August 2020 (4-6 pm on Zoom and Facebook) when we will address the theme: “Streamlining and calming traffic, and making cities inclusive for all”.

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The News Minute Discussion On Draft EIA Notification 2020

Noted actress Parvathy Thiruvothu, Leo Saldanha of Environment Support Group and Manju Menon of Centre for Policy Research discuss with Anna Isaac and Megha Sreeram of The News Minute, the irreversible and disastrous implications to India’s security, human rights and environment, if EIA Notification 2020 ever became a reality. See the discussion on TNM Facebook page Also read Parvathy’s letter to MoEF&CC demanding withdrawal of Draft EIA Notification 2020. ‘A terrible piece of law’: Parvathy

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Mandate Project Policy And Legislative Consultation Process – Draft EIA Notification 2020

The Mandate Project, an innovative platform that promotes better coordination between experts, civil society, and policy practitioners, is organizing a legislative and policy consultation program on the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020. Hon’ble Justice Deepak Gupta, former Judge, Supreme Court of India, Professor M. K. Ramesh, National Law School of India, Bengaluru and Leo Saldanha, Coordinator/Trustee of Environment Support Group addressed this consultation. More details about the Consultation are accessible here. The recording

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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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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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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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Contextualising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Use Of Indian Science Congress

NALSAR’s Environmental Law and Practice Review is a peer reviewed journal. See Leo Saldanha’s publication entitled “A Critical Examination of The State of Environmental Governance under Prime Minister – Narendra Modi” published in Vol 6, 2018 of the journal. In this essay, Saldanha “warns that the Environment has taken the figurative backseat on the incumbent governments priorities. The paper argues that the BJP-led government has used the obfuscation of logic (in a field where science

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Karnataka High Court Monitors State Of Solid Waste Management In Bangalore

In July 2012, ‘landfills’ were shut down in Mavallipura, a village 30 kms. north of Bangalore, due to mobilisation by Dalit Sangarsh Samithi and ESG. These ‘landfills’ were essentially village grazing pastures and forest, and here the waste was being dumped, and for over a decade, resulting in a range a healthy and environmental problems. ESG has documented these impacts in two report: Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy, 2010 and Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies, 2018. The closure

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An Invitation To Join Survey Of Lakes Of Bangalore As Wetland Ecosystems And Waterfowl Habitats

Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka has directed the State Government to extend assistance for the survey of Lakes of Bangalore as Waterfowl Habitats

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PILs Challenge Imposition Of Curfew On Bangalore Preventing Protests Against CAA/NRC

Public Interest Litigations were filed in the morning of 19th December 2019 challenging the imposition of Sec 144 of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973,[1] across Bangalore. The impugned order was issued late in the night of 18thDecember by Mr. Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Bangalore Police Commissioner and effective till midnight of 21st December 2019[2].  The implication of this order is that curfew is declared across the city, and assembly of five or more persons is prohibited. The PILS came

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Coalition For Environmental Justice In India Urges Leonardo Dicaprio To Back Down On His Endorsement Of ‘Cauvery Calling’

Dear Mr. DiCaprio,                              You have taken enormous responsibility in playing a leading role in promoting rights of indigenous communities, protecting wildlife, case sensitively promoting conservation strategies, and, needless to state, pushing for clear action to tackle global warming.  Your actions are globally influential and help boost, and immensely, positive and progressive efforts for human rights and the environment.  Which, we are sure, you undertake with necessary and due caution. It appears to us, the Coalition for Environmental Justice

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Bengaluru’s Street Vendors: A Vibrant Community Deprived Of Rights

Why is the state blind to the needs of a small but significant community of street vendors? Why is there a delay in implementing the provisions of Street Vendors Act? What does it take to conduct surveys, identify street vendors, issue ID cards, form Town Vending Committees, allot vending zones and make the city vibrant for these self-sustaining low-carbon-emitting livelihoods? Bhargavi S. Rao brings context to these questions.

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Bengaluru Marches To Save All Saints Church From Metro Mess

Bangalore Metro is proposing to dump its tunnelling equipment in the Sacred Grove of All Saints Church. This will destroy its sacred grove, permanently. And can destabilise and destroy the church as well. It is being done wholly illegally and blatant violation of High Court orders. Come join the Rally to protest this abuse of power and save a sacred grove right in the centre of densely concretised Bengaluru. View More Visuals from the Protest

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