Veeranna Arahunashi Of Arunodaya Poirada (Bellary) Loses Battle With COVID

Veeranna Arahunashi (aged 59) lost his battle with COVID today (26 Aug 2020). Veeranna was an awe inspiring teacher, movement organiser, creative farmer, and a pillar of strength to Arunodaya Poirada, a civil society organisation and farm-school located in Papinayakanahalli, halfway between Bellary and Hospet, co-founded by Sr. Mary Mathew with Veeranna. ESG partners with Arunodaya Poirada in multiple social justice and environmental initiatives. As Bellary district was ravaged by massive illegal iron ore mining

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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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New Book – India’s Risks: Democratizing The Management Of Threats To Environment, Health, And Values

Edited by : Raphaelle Moor & M.V. Rajeev Gowda (original source) Published by – Oxford University Press, India 24 June 2014 We gratefully acknowledge that the Editors of this book have directed all royalties and other proceeds from the sale of this book as a contribution to ESG and its environmental and social justice efforts. Buy the book and help ESG do more! Background to India’s Risks: A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with

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Karnataka Scraps State Environmental Clearance Committee Overlooking Possibility Of Review And Reform

Tens of Small and Medium Industrial, Infrastructure, Mining Projects or Biotech projects can now be approved without any review of their significant environmental and social impacts 9 June 2014 Downloads: SECC Review Report made Public Karnataka Scraps State Environmental Clearance Committee overlooking possibility of review and reform Tens of Small and Medium Industrial, Infrastructure, Mining Projects or Biotech projects can now be approved without any review of their significant environmental and social impacts In 1985,

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“Hungry Capital: The Financialisation Of Food”: Talk By Luigi Russi

16 May 2014 ; Time: 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm ; Venue: ESG Training Centre, Bangalore Downloads: Invitation to Talk by Luigi Russi, Author of “Hungry Capital” Invitation to a Talk by Luigi Russi author of Hungry Capital The Financialization of Food A compelling analysis of how global finance is devouring the food system and gambling with our future in the process. Friday, 16th May 2014, 5.00 – 6.30 pm at ESG – Training Centre

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We Offer At Least 5 Reasons Not To Burn Up Your Money This Diwali

Instead help ESG do more to advance environmental and social justice 1 November 2013 Downloads: ESG Diwali Donation Appeal 2013 ESG Brochure Page 1 ESG Brochure Page 2 ESG Educational Initiatives Brochure   5 reasons why your money is better invested supporting ESG     Protecting 38,000 lakes of Karnataka: Lakes and their canals have always been protected as commons and maintained by local communities. In recent decades though they have been neglected, and hundreds

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“Securing Our Common Futures” Dialogue With Pakistani Delegation

Issues of Land, Water, Seed Sovereignty and Consumption to be addressed on 16th October at Inst. of Agricultural Technologists, Bangalore, 3 pm 16 October 2013 ; Time: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm ; Venue: Indian Agricultural Institute, Queen’s Road, Bangalore Downloads: India_Pakistan_Dialogue_Common_Futures Environment Support Group [Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives] invites you to a Dialogue with the 21 member delegation of educationists and environmentalists from Pakistan on the theme Securing our Common Futures Issues

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Workshop On Antibiotic Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow

18 July 2013 ; Time: 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm ; Venue: Ashirwad, St. Marks Road, Bangalore Downloads: Workshop Invite Poster and concept note Environment Support Group, Bangalore and Anti Biotic Stewardship Network, Ujjain Invites you to a workshop on Antibiotic Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow  The World Health Organisation has recently declared antibiotic resistance as a “global health crisis” that has been building up over decades. The most severe consequence of this

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Preserving India’s Biodiversity

Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s Assurances Will Not Save Species from Extinction ESG petitions Minister to Repeal the 190 Plants Exemption List (download press release – PDF, 224 KB) Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests (i/c) Mr. Jairam Ramesh in his “Clarification on MoE&F Notification of October 26, 2009 on Biological Resources Notified as Normally Traded Commodities” issued on 16th February 2010 has confirmed that the 190 plants listed in MoEF’s Notification “would

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Hasire Usiru Campaign To Reclaim Bangalore’s Commons

Report: Cycle Inclusive Planning Workshop – 31st January 2009 Written by Ms. Divya Ravindranath 31 January 2009 Downloads: bmlta-cycleworkshop-310109.pdf On 31st January 2009, a “Cycling Inclusive Planning Workshop” was jointly organized by Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA), EMBARQ, Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE), City Connect and RideACycle Foundation (RAC-F). The workshop was held between 9:00 AM -5:00 PM at the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation premises, Double Road, Bangalore. The workshop brought together concerned

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Hasire Usiru : Campaign To Reclaim Bangalore’s Commons

Report: Fantastic Response for “Campaign to Reclaim Bengaluru.” Bengaluru, 30 November 2008 Downloads: hasire-usiru-campaign-reclaim-bengaluru.docx 30 November 2008, Bangalore FANTASTIC RESPONSE FOR “CAMPAIGN TO RECLAIM BENGALURU” Campaigners Light a Candle in memory of victims of senseless attacks in Mumbai Over 2,000 people gathered on the steps of the Town Hall in Bengaluru on the evening of 29th November Saturday, in a strong statement of strength against projects the destroy lives, livelihoods and greenery in Bangalore. This

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Biomedical Waste

In South Bangalore, biomedical waste was dumped at Anjanapura layout on Anjanapura Main Road connecting with Kanakapura Road on 2nd November 2008. Based on the hospital records and documentation found with the biomedical waste it was concluded that it had been dumped by M/s Apollo Hospital and M/s Wockhardt Hospital, two of the biggest hospitals in the city. The waste consisted of towels soiled with blood, rotting human organs, gloves, sharp objects, syringes, vials, blood

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Hasire Usiru : Campaign To Reclaim Bangalore’s Commons

Report of the workshop “Namma Raste: Reclaiming Bangalore’s roads” Written by Anajli Vaidya Bangalore, 19 July 2008   On 19th July 2008, a workshop on “Reclaiming Bangalore’s roads: Namma Raste” was jointly organized by Environment Support Group, CIVIC Bangalore and Alternative Law Forum. The workshop was held between 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM at Vidyadeep, Ulsoor Road, Bangalore.   The workshop had over 90 participants, ranging from representatives of traders’ associations, resident association federations, and

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STEM The TIDE

POINT 10: We need to act fast to ensure that lung spaces and lakes of the city are not lost forever Written by Dipannita Das for The Times of India 13 June 2008 There were 159 water bodies spread over 2,342 hectares in Greater Bangalore region in 1973. They plunged to 93 over 918 hectares in 2007. Rapid industralization and urbanization have taken a heavy toll on water bodies in the city limits. It is

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Parliament Of India Q&A Bulletin

                    ESG has compiled a bulletin of questions being raised in the XI session of Parliament of India. The purpose of this bulletin is to help researchers and campaignists to closely follow developments in the Parliament on matters pertaining to economic, social and environmental justice issues in India. Any comments, queries and suggestions may kindly be send to Nandini (nandini@esgindia.org). 12th Session of Parliament ,Parliament of India Q&A Bulletin 1 – 26th November 2007,Parliament of

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The Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor

Background The Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP) consists of the construction of a 4-lane (convertible to 6) toll, walled expressway, 5 townships and associated link roads, power plant and supporting infrastructure. The project is slated to cost upwards of Rs. 2000 crore (US$400,000,000). The townships are planned to act as population counter-magnets to Bangalore, thus helping to decongest this burgeoning city. According to project documents1, the project will not be financially viable without the

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Fly Ash Over India

Background ESG extended research support in the making of the environmental video documentary “Fly Ash Over India”, by Siobhan Wall, formerly with London Guildhall University. This documentary assesses the environmental impacts of locating thermal power plants in the ecologically sensitive Dakshina Kannada district, and specifically addresses the manner in which Cogentrix has violated local social and environmental concerns. The documentary was premiered on World Environment Day, 1998 in collaboration with The British Library (Bangalore), and

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Fly Ash Over India

Background ESG extended research support in the making of the environmental video documentary “Fly Ash Over India”, by Siobhan Wall, formerly with London Guildhall University. This documentary assesses the environmental impacts of locating thermal power plants in the ecologically sensitive Dakshina Kannada district, and specifically addresses the manner in which Cogentrix has violated local social and environmental concerns. The documentary was premiered on World Environment Day, 1998 in collaboration with The British Library (Bangalore), and

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Mavallipura Dumping Sites

The dump at Mavallipura A significant population of Bangalore today follows western consumption patterns. It is not very difficult to find neighbourhoods and industrial areas with plush lawns, ornamental gardens and parks, glitzy tall buildings and hi tech apartment complexes. Amidst this picture is a small village in north Bangalore that is gasping for breath as the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), the city’s municipal corporation, has been unscientifically dumping around 200 truckloads of waste every

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