Environment Support Group



Key focus is on Experiential Education
Experiential Educational programs aim to develop a citizenry that is concerned, informed and critically engaged in environmental and social justice issues. Education can aid citizens in acquiring knowledge, attitudes, motivation, commitment and skills to work both collectively and as individuals towards solving current problems and preventing new ones. We believe that direct engagement and experience is the best way to learn about the world. We are very keen to provide such opportunities to children, students, teachers, researchers and communities so that they may truly understand our society and engage with it responsibly, proactively and progressively in the cause of advancing environmental and social justice.

Collaboration with local schools and colleges
ESG collaborates with local schools and colleges through a variety of environmental educational programs. ESG has coordinated experiential field visits, talks, documentary films, discussions, student workshops and interaction with local communities and experts to help students understand and appreciate the environment.

Community Outreach
ESG has advanced the environmental and social justice concerns of local communities, especially project affected communities, by organising public interest workshops. Some of the workshops have been on specific issues and have included elected representatives, government agencies, judiciary, corporate organisations, mass media, and civil society organisations. ESG has conducted several workshops for communities to empower them through access to information, participation and justice in environmental decision-making. ESG has engaged with communities in the city of Bangalore, coastal Karnataka, Western Ghats, North Karnataka, fishing communities of Kerala, communities in Orissa and in the North East.

Teacher Training Workshops
ESG conducts Experiential Workshops aimed at helping teachers understand some of the major environmental and social issues of our times. The aim is to develop teaching methods and techniques to address them. The broad methodological approach to learning in these workshops is through lectures from leading experts, participant presentations, field visits and case studies related to issues of concern.

Youth and Children’s Workshops
ESG critically engages children and youth in a workshop based, multi-disciplinary learning approach, aimed at active engagement in environmental and social justice issues. Each program has been designed to give students the opportunity to explore significant social, political, and environmental issues using an innovative experiential approach. Our Educational programs exposes students to a wide range of issues and perspectives, requiring them to think and question critically. The methodology is through interactive discussions, experiential exposures, hands-on activities and games.

International Collaborations
ESG collaborates with several Study Abroad programs for student groups from around the world. The India Programme of the Minnesota Studies in International Development offered by Learning Abroad Centre of University of Minnesota, USA, has been coordinated by ESG in Bangalore. ESG has also coordinated India Programmes of International Honours Programs, Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program and Study Abroad programs of University of Washington, Seattle. ESG facilitated guest lectures, field excursions, case studies and interactive discussions and debates that were highly appreciated by and rewarding to the students.

Capacity BuildingESG Workshop ReportsPublications

How to read and create maps to narrate public interest environmental and social stories?

This 2-day webinar was conducted by ESG on 28th November and 19th December 2022. The webinar focussed on generating informative maps using remote sensing and other freely available data to enhance the narratives that would be relevant to the participants’ work.  Hands-on technical training was provided for using open-source resources such as QGIS mapping software and Google Earth Engine platform, which can be used to visualise and analyse data.

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Workshop For Kids – Young Climateers

ESG is happy to launch the next workshop for Young climateers on October 6th,7th and 8th.The experiential workshop will introduce children to climate change, its relationship with water, waste, pollution, soil etc. and conclude with a field trip to observe and immerse in nature. Do enroll your child for this exciting workshop which will be conducted through games, activities, interaction and immersion.

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Environmental Justice: Visiting Different Social and Ecological Landscapes and Areas of Environmental Contestations in Karnataka, India: Course Report

In December 2021, ESG organised an experiential learning certificate course “Environmental Justice: Visiting Different Social and Ecological Landscapes and Areas of Environmental Contestations in Karnataka, India” for 28 students from O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat.

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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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International Honours Program

Every year since 2002 ESG has helped organize the India sector of the International Honours Programme’s “Health and Community” and “Cities in the 21st Century” courses. “Health and Community” is a Spring programme offered from February through March, while “Cities in the 21st Century” is a Fall programme offered from November to December. International Honors Programs are offered in affiliation with the School for International Training (SIT), the accredited higher education division of World Learning.

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