Week 3: Making Bengaluru Water Secure

Bengaluru’s insatiable demand for water has not only exhausted its replenishable ground water reserves, and overdrawn its share of the Cauvery, but now plans are afoot to extract water from the far away Sharavathi river. Meanwhile, the acute financialization of land sans rigorous and democratic land use planning has resulted in lakes and other water commons that once sustained the city’s water needs being cannibalised.

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Week 2: Public Health, Sanitation And Waste Management: Is A Decentralised Approach The Way Out?

One of the first challenges that climate planning throws up is: how to deal with climate change and its impacts? Is decentralisation of governance the most optimal way out? Public health, sanitation and waste management sectors are intricately linked in not only ensuring all are healthy, but that the toxic impacts of our living are not a burden for future generations.

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Karnataka Must Revive State Environmental Clearance Committee To Safeguard Environment And Protect Human Lives

ESG Press Release: 23 February 2021: Bangalore Yet another explosion has taken place in a quarry in Karnataka, this time in Chikkaballapur, killing six people. Just about a month ago, eight people had died in another quarry explosion in Shimoga, the Chief Minister’s own constituency. The Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka has taken cognizance of the seriousness of systemic lapses that cause such disasters, and has

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Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics

As the world tried to make sense of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESG was invited to participate in a 23 country and 6 continent-wide collaborative study involving 60 researchers led by Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Sheila Jasanoff of the Harvard Kennedy School and Prof. Stephen Hilgartner of Cornell University in a study on Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics (CompCoRe for short).

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2020: The Year In Review

Introduction 2020 was a year that brought unprecedented challenges for the whole world. The COVID pandemic not only upended lives, it also forced us to adjust to a new normal. It presses on, challenging us to live with a new world order replete with massive restrictions and constant adjustments that contest our assumptions of fundamental freedoms and rights. Covid-19 has impacted the way we work at ESG. It has been a year of big learnings

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Activating A Lake Protection Committee In Your District

Karnataka High court ruled in Environment Support Group (ESG) lakes case (WP 817/2008) on 11 April 2012 that every district would have a lake protection cmt to entertain any complaint or proposal to protect and rehabilitate lakes and Raja kaluves for posterity – as biodiversity and livelihood rich wetlands. In case the district Cmts failed to resolve the concern or dispute, a quasi judicial body at the state level headed by the Revenue Secretary along

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Interrogating Governance And Financial Implications Of ‘Smart Cities’ – Part I Report

In collaboration with Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School, USA & Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Germany, as part of a project on Governance of Sociotechnical Transformation in this interrogating discussion on Governance and Financial Implications of ‘Smart Cities’.

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Rewilding Humans: Nature Education At The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

The Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary is a forest garden and conservation centre in Wayanad Kerala. It is founded on a premise that humans are participant members in nature’s community. The philosophy and practice, as well as world view and politics of the sanctuary arise out of this. As the world gets more and more fragmented and hierarchized, even more driven by capitalistic interests and a technocracy,

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Remembering T Peter: Street Fighter, Trade Unionist And Leader Of India’s Fish Workers

T Peter, General Secretary of the National Fishworkers Forum (NFF), passed away on 8 October 2020 from COVID-19 related complications in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He was 62 years old. For over three decades, Peter worked as a full time activist and union organiser. He especially worked for the empowerment of India’s fishing communities and played a critical role in advancing their struggles from the margins into the political mainstream. Peter joined the Kerala Independent Fishworkers Federation

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Peter Thomas Of National Fishworkers Forum(NFF) India Loses Battle To COVID

Peter Thomas, the incredible leader of the National Fishworkers Forum – NFF India has lost his battle to COVID. India has lost a leader who fought on the streets throughout his life for the rights of fisherfolk and other vulnerable communities Rest In Peace Peter. Millions inspired by you will carry on the struggle.

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Law That Destroys Environment

சூழலியலைத் தகர்க்கும் #EIA 2020draft: காணொலிக் கருத்தரங்கு. Posted by M. K. Stalin on Thursday, 3 September 2020 Leo Saldanha shared ESG’s views on what the #drafteia2020 Notification means to all of us in a webinar organized by DMK – Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party on “Law that destroys Environment”. The meeting was chaired Mr. Elangovan MP and presided over by Mr. Stalin, Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly and DMK Party chief. Mr N Ram ,

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Cityscape Transformation And Crisis Of Conservation: A Comparison Of Kolkata Wetlands And Bangalore’s Lake Systems.

Date: Thursday the 27th of August 2020   5-6.30 pm IST Speaker Profiles Dr. Sana Huque has a Masters degree in Geography from Delhi School of Economics and Ph.D. in Sociology from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. In her Ph.D. thesis, Sana has studied wetland loss, as well as its conservation, from a sociological perspective, and with a special focus on the East Kolkata Wetlands. Sana is associated with ESG as a Senior Research Associate.

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IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk On Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020: Reflections And The Way Forward

On behalf of the Center for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CECCSD) at IMPRI, and the Department of Energy and Environment at the TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), New Delhi, with India Water Portal as Media Partner,is pleased to have you join us for the IMPRI #WebPolicyTalk on:

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Representation Urging Postponement Of Public Hearing On 18th August 2020 Regarding The Peripheral Ring Road (PRR)

Below letter is a representation urging postponement of Public Hearing on 18th August 2020 regarding the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) proposal of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) being held in blatant disregard for rule of law, judicial directives and in violation of Central, State and Local Government orders relating to COVID-19 pandemic per Disaster Management Act, 2005

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