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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Invitation To Conduct Survey Of Status Of BBMP Wards In Bengaluru

An invitation to prepare a ground up assessment of planning and governance in Bengaluru metropolis by conducting a Citizen led Survey of the State of BBMP Wards.

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To Beat Air Pollution, Redesign Bengaluru’s Action Plan

The high levels of air pollution in Bengaluru is the outcome of serious failure in governance and investment in false solutions over time. A shift needed is to build awareness and develop solutions that can be locally understood and managed, are economically feasible, and socio-culturally just. There has to be a healthy marriage between science, law, economics and common sense in addressing this challenge, with an intergenerational perspective and ecocentric view. With such a resolve, it is possible for Bengaluru to beat air pollution and truly join the World Environment Day celebrations, not just for a day, but every day.

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Public Consultation On Developing A Market Management System For Gandhi Bazaar

A part of the Green Logistics Project supported by GIZ, Karnataka Government and BBMP 16 November 2018 ; Time: 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm ; Venue: Indian Institute of World Culture, 6, B P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore 560004 Downloads: Gandhibazaar Market Mgmt System Public Consultation Invitation_English Gandhibazaar Market Mgmt System Public Consultation Invitation_Kannada     Dear Madam / Sir Subject: Invitation to a Workshop– Green Logistics Project – Gandhi Bazaar Market Management System The Government of

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Following Protest, Karnataka Forest Department Cancels Workshop To Evolve Its Vision Document-2030 In Collaboration With KPMG

Key Concerns listed over KPMG involvement gain wide support 2 November 2018 Downloads: KFD Cancel Vision 2030 Workshop Following protest, Karnataka Forest Department Cancels Workshop to evolve its Vision Document-2030 in collaboration with KPMG The Karnataka Forest Department has decided to put together a ‘Vision Document-2030’ that would outline the governing principles of its efforts for the next several years. While the initiative itself is laudable –and unprecedented amongst our country’s states- the process in

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Some Reasons Why You Should Consider Donating To ESG

Some of our recent initiatives include: ESG drew attention to the inherent contradictions and dangers of evolving Karnataka’s Forest and Wildlife Conservation Vision Document 2030 guided by Dutch consultancy KPMG, as the Karnatataka Forest Department has now proposed. Working with representatives from various other organisations, ESG was able to convince the department of the need to rethink this approach. We are now working to ensure that Karnataka’s Vision Document for saving forests and forest rights, and

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A Review Of Andhra Pradesh’s Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming Programme

An enquiry into an unprecedented transformation to natural farming globally. 16 October 2018 Downloads: A Review of AP CRZBNF – Saldanha -Oct 2018 – 3.5 MB   On the occassion of World Food Day, 2018, Environment Support Group is happy to share “A Review of Andhra Pradesh’s Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming Programme”, authored by Leo F. Saldanha.     In the last several years, the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh has devoted considerable

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Solidarity Forum For Dissent

In solidarity with Greenpeace India, The Quint and The News Minute 15 October 2018Downloads:Statement of the Solidarity Forum for DissentKey Quotes from Press Conference of Solidarity Forum for Dissent Solidarity Forum for Dissent In solidarity with Greenpeace India, The Quint and The News Minute Released at Press Club of Bangalore, 15th October 2018    From L-R: Manohar (Human Rights Defenders Alert), Aakar Patel (Amnesty India), Mathew Phillips (SICHREM), Nandini (Greenpeace Supporter), Leo F. Saldanha (Environment

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Prof. G. D. Agarwal Dies In Efforts To Save The Ganga

11 October 2018 Downloads: Prof G D Agarwal Papers at KJA conference Aug 2002 Prof. G. D. Agarwal dies in efforts to save the Ganga Prof. G. D. Agarwal, who has been on an indefinite fast since 22nd June demanding effective action to clean Ganga, has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 86.  Dr. Agarwal refused to take water two days ago, as not one of the State Governments of the Gangetic

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People’s Convention Vows To Challenge Undemocratic & Destructive Global Finance

Resolves to Build Political and Economic Alternatives 23 June 2018 Downloads: PCIF Declaration 23 June 2018 Press Statement People’s Convention Vows to Challenge Undemocratic & Destructive Global Finance: Resolves to Build Political and Economic Alternatives Mumbai, June 23: “The international financial institutions like AIIB (Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank) must function in a deeply democratic manner respectful of national sovereignty, or else be shut down for they constitute a threat to the nation’s economic and

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CEJI DEMANDS FABRICATED CASES AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS PIYUSH MANUSH, MANSOOR ALI KHAN, VALARMATHI & OTHERS MUST BE DROPPED AND THEY BE RELEASED UNCONDITIONALLY

A Statement by the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India 20 June 2018 Downloads: CEJI Statement demanding release of Piyush and others arrested NAPM Poster demanding release of Valarmathi COALITION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN INDIA   STATEMENT DEMANDING    FABRICATED CASES AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS PIYUSH MANUSH AND MANSOOR ALI KHAN BE DROPPED AND FOR THEIR UNCONDITIONAL AND IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM PRISON 19thJune 2018   We strongly condemn the late night arrest (on 18thJune 2018) by

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HIGH-LEVEL PEOPLE’S INQUEST TEAM FINDS TAMILNADU POLICE/THOOTHUKUDI DISTRICT ADMIN GUILTY OF SERIOUS EXCESSES

A team comprising two retired judges of the High Court, two retired IAS, three retired senior IPS officers in addition to senior advocates, journalists and social workers has completed its 2-day inquest. A preliminary report is below. 2 June 2018 Downloads: Peoples Inquest Interim Report into Thoothukudi Police Firing We share with you the Interim Report of the People’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to Tamilnadu Police opening  fire on protestor’s demanding closure of Vedanta

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“Good Guy. Bad Guy”

A documentary by Indu Krishnan 26 April 2018 ; Time: 6 pm ; Venue: Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy, 36, 9th Main, B. V. Karanth Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SBBxv5KXbnJ2 Downloads: Invitation to Screening of “Good Guy. Bad Guy.” “Good Guy. Bad Guy”, a film by Indu Krishnan, is a poetic interrogation into the life of Zakhir who picks rags for a living and dreams big of making movies about life in Bangalore.

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Bangalore Release Of “The Movement Of The Movements”, Edited By Jai Sen

20 April 2018 ; Time: 2:30 – 5:00 pm ; Venue: Ashirwad, 30, St Marks Road, Bangalore 560001. Map: https://tinyurl.com/yde7r65r Downloads: Invitation to the Bangalore Release of “The Movements of Movements”     was released in Banglaore on Friday, 20th April 2018 in an event organised by Environment Support Group   @ Ashirwad, 30, St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore 560001.   The event witnessed an engrossing discussion led by a panel consisting of  Madhu Bhushan, Independent Activist,

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Peoples Movements, Networks, Academicians, Researchers And Civil Society Organisations Reject The Draft National Forest Policy 2018

Demand a fresh policy is evolved through a deeply democratic consultation mechanism and scientific process 14 April 2018 Downloads: Peoples Representation rejecting Draft National Forest Policy 2018 A nation-wide collective of peoples movments, forests peoples and workers struggle organisations, academics, researchers, civil society organisations, etc. have come together to comprehensively reject the Draft Forest Policy 2018 promoted by Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on the following key grounds, among others: 1)  Indian

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“Government May Appear Insensitive, But It Cannot Ignore Voices Coming From Different Parts Of The Country”: Jairam Ramesh

Report of the Interaction on “New Draft Forest Policy and Deteriorating State of Environment in India” organised by ESG and Action Aid 13 April 2018 “Government may appear insensitive, but it cannot ignore voices coming from different parts of the country”: Jairam Ramesh       Youtube link to a recording of the event: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU4L5fiT4Ub9nfDlTKlVELF38Umg-GdoG   To a hall packed with people from various walks of life – academics, adivasis, students, journalists, trade unionists, administrators, etc.,

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“Government May Appear Insensitive, But It Cannot Ignore Voices Coming From Different Parts Of The Country”: Jairam Ramesh

Report of the Interaction on “New Draft Forest Policy and Deteriorating State of Environment in India” organised by ESG and Action Aid 13 April 2018     “Government may appear insensitive, but it cannot ignore voices coming from different parts of the country”: Jairam Ramesh       Youtube link to a recording of the event: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU4L5fiT4Ub9nfDlTKlVELF38Umg-GdoG   To a hall packed with people from various walks of life – academics, adivasis, students, journalists, trade unionists,

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Former Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Speaks On “New Draft Forest Policy And Deteriorating State Of Environment In India”

13 April 2018 ; Time: 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm ; Venue: SCM House, Mission Road, Bangalore (https://goo.gl/maps/YBBCzqeyAeQ2) Downloads: Invitation to a Talk by Jairam Ramesh on New Draft Forest Policy campaigns,biodiversity,forest policy,jairam ramesh,state of India’s environment

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“Beerappa’s Tallanna” Screened At Indian Institute Of Science Following Earlier Screenings At National Institute For Advanced Studies, ICTS And ATREE

A film conceptualised by Bhargavi S. Rao and Leo F. Saldanha for Amrit Mahal Hitarakshana aagu Horata Samithi 7 March 2018 Downloads: NIAS screening of ‘Beerappa’s Angst’ ICTS Screening Invitation Phi Delta Alpha (PDA), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, organised a screening of “Beerappa’s Angst” on 23rd May 2018, at Indian Institute of Science. This was followed by a discussion with Leo Saldanha of Environment Support Group on what the scientific community could do to correct the

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