Week 3 Of ESG Imaginaries To Make Cities Work: Mobility & Infrastructure

ESG has worked with street communities to reclaim streets as public commons, to protect street vendor rights, to promote pedestrian and cycling rights, to secure urban greenery – especially tree lines and heritage spaces, all to promote the idea of a  city that would ensure inclusivity is central to such public spaces and infrastructure. The argument has been and continues to be that there must be deep democratisation of decision making relating to mobility and infrastructure development so that the promise of Article 39 B – that ownership and employment of material resources best serve the  common good – is actually an argument for  protecting commons, ensuring good health, promoting environmentally viable and equitable livelihoods, and ensuring the city is a construct that is socially responsible, economically viable and ecologically wise.  

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Invite To A Consultation: Amendments To Environmental Laws

To assess the implications of the proposed changes, and also to propose a pathway for progressive reforms of India’s environmental laws, Environment Support Group in collaboration with the Institute of Public Policy at National Law School of India University is organising a half day consultation on 18th July 2022 (Monday) from 2 pm – 6 pm. We invite you to this consultation and sincerely hope you will be able to participate despite this short notice

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Week 2 Of ESG Imaginaries To Make Cities Work: Challenges Of Securing Urban Commons

ESG has worked with this problematique of the commons and demonstrated how securing them can be a win-win for all. Working with communities to resist privatisation of commons, such as lakes, and then asking for a policy to protect them with Public Trust Doctrine and the principle of intergenerational equity  as the basis, has resulted in path breaking outcomes – rehabilitation of lakes as inclusive commons and as sacred spaces that deserve community and statutory protection to advance ecological and water security. 

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Week 1 Report: Waste And Governance

The 1st webinar as part of the ESG Imaginaries To Make Cities Work was on the theme Waste And Governance and held on 7th July 2022 (5-7 pm). Kirthee Shah, Founder President of INHAF set the tone by explaining the background to the series. The webinar was anchored by Leo F. Saldanha, Coordinator and Trustee of ESG, and Bhargavi S. Rao, Trustee and Senior Fellow at ESG, who also provided an introduction to ESG’s diverse efforts on governance of waste management, and its implications to governance overall. Respondents were Prof. Amita Bhide, Dean, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; Rizwana Hasan of Bangladesh Environmental Law Alliance; Maitreyi Krishnan of Manthan Law and Shibu Nair of Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

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Week 1 Of ESG Imaginaries To Make Cities Work: Waste And Governance

For over two decades, ESG has focussed on the emerging urban environmental and socio-economic challenges and has been working with multiple communities, government agencies, academia, media, etc. The approach has always been about finding viable and inclusive solutions to vexatious problems advocating deeply democratic processes that draw on  intersectoral, interdisciplinary, intersectional experiences, knowledge and histories. Bangalore and other cities today are in a mess as they follow highly centralised governance approaches that drift from existing legal provisions in which the various local publics find no place to imagine their futures as part of a collective imagining of the city’s future.

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ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೆರೆಗಳ, ಕಾಲುವೆಗಳ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾಮೂಹಿಕ ನೀರಿನ ನೆಲೆಗಳ ವಿಕೇಂದ್ರೀಕೃತ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕವಾಗಿ ಒಳಗೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ ವಿವೇಕದ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪುನರ್ವಸತಿ

2022 ರ ಮೇ 17 ರಂದು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಕಾನೂನು ಸೇವೆಗಳ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಎನ್ವಿರಾನ್ಮೆಂಟ್ ಸಪೋರ್ಟ್ ಗ್ರೂಪ್ (ESG) ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ “ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಕೆರೆಗಳು, ಕಾಲುವೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ನೀರಿನ ಕಾಮನ್ಸ್ ಗಳ ವಿಕೇಂದ್ರೀಕೃತ, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕವಾಗಿ ಒಳಗೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ ವಿವೇಕದ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪುನರ್ವಸತಿ” ಕುರಿತು ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣವು ಎಷ್ಟು ದೂರವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಣಯಿಸಲು ಒಂದು ಅವಕಾಶವಾಗಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಉಚ್ಚ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯದ 2012 ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನದ ಬೆಳಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ರಾಜ್ಯಾದ್ಯಂತ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳಿಗೆ ನೀರು, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ-ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಪರಿಸರ ಭದ್ರತೆಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಹೈಕೋರ್ಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾನೂನು ಸೇವಾ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಧೀಶರು, ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಹಿರಿಯ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು, ತಜ್ಞರು ಮತ್ತು ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಮುಖಂಡರು ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣವನ್ನು ಉದ್ದೇಶಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

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All Saints Church – Sacred Living Heritage Of Bengaluru – Saved For Posterity

At a time when the meeting of minds is so very rare, this effort by the All Saints Church congregation, BMRCL, Government of Karnataka, and various supporters of the cause, including ESG, stands out as representative of the enormous possibilities of democratic engagement. The conciliation mechanism organised by EIB helped in this process. This also helped ensure that the contestations did not end up in Court, burdening further the judiciary, and without a clear outcome in sight.

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Comments On SWM Interventions/Policies And For A Consultation On 9th April 2022 In Response To Directive From Karnataka High Court

Environment Support Group has been involved in initiating resilient and sustainable structural reforms in waste management through field, policy and legal interventions for over two decades now.  Our work, primarily based out of Bangalore metropolitan area (14 million) and Karnataka State, is in coordination with similar efforts nationwide. We work closely with trade unions advancing labour, occupational and health rights of those handling waste, and we also work with vulnerable communities suffering serious contamination due to waste disposal, to ensure their Rights to Health, Clean Environment, Life and Livelihoods is upheld.

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Statement By CNDP: Mislaunch Of The Indian Unarmed Supersonic Cruise Missile In Pakistan

The CNDP, therefore, demands that the Government of India, as the first step, provide a credible explanation regarding the mislaunch and about its failure to alert the Pakistani Government immediately thereafter in violation of agreed norms.
We also urge the governments of India and Pakistan to immediately work out credible and effective confidence-building measures (CBMs), revive the multiple channels of communication to avoid any misunderstandings and set up a functioning joint monitoring mechanism to avert the possibility of a disaster arising out of any accident in future.

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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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Making Mangaluru An Environmentally Just City Of South India

Environment Support Group conducted Making Mangaluru an Environmentally Just City of South India, the second session in a 3-part workshop conducted across India with support from Break Free From Plastic. The session was attended by representatives of local waste worker unions, fishing unions, student unions, local administrators, and NGOs. This was the latest in ESG’s longstanding efforts to work with communities in different parts of the country to address the challenges posed by waste mismanagement to environmental and public health and to use these as an opportunity to promote decentralized and democratic urban governance.

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Making Imphal An Environmentally Just City Of North East India

Environment Support Group is pleased to invite you to Managing Imphal’s Solid Waste: Advancing Socially Just and Environmentally Sustainable Solutions. This is the first session in a 3-part workshop being conducted across India with support from Break Free From Plastic. The session will be conducted in Meitei and English and will be attended by representatives of local waste worker unions, fishing unions, student unions, local administrators, and NGOs. This is the latest in ESG’s longstanding efforts to work with communities in different parts of the country to address the challenges posed by waste mismanagement to environmental and public health and to use these as an opportunity to promote decentralized and democratic urban governance. Join the session to hear from local representatives about the unique context of Imphal, followed by a discussion by ESG on how it has promoted progressive solutions to tackling waste in Karnataka over the last two decades.

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Legal Awareness Workshop- Functioning Of Lake Protection Committees At Municipal, District, And Apex Levels

As part of the Pan-India Awareness and Outreach Campaign proposed by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Karnataka State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA), and Environment Support Group (ESG) organised a virtual Legal Awareness Workshop relating to the functioning of Lake Protection Committees at Municipal, District and Apex Levels constituted in accordance with directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in WP 817/2008. The workshop was organised from 25 Oct to 28Oct 2021 for members of the Apex Lake protection Committee and administrators of Bangalore Division, Kalaburagi Division, Belgaum Division, and Mysore Division.

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Celebration Of World Migratory Bird Day At Champu Khangpok Floating Village, Loktak, Manipur

9th October 2021  is World Migratory Bird Day! We are celebrating this day at Champu Khagpok Floating Village which is in the midst of Manipur’s Loktak, a prominent Ramsar site of North East India. The event is being organized by Champu Khangpok Floating Village Committee and All Loktak Area Fishermen’s Union (ALLAFUM) in association with Environment Support Group, Bangalore, and Indigenous Perspectives, Imphal. Dr. S. Subramanya, a noted ornithologist and wetland expert, who recently authored the report “Avifaunal patterns in the Lakes of Bangalore over three decades:1989-2020” will be speaking at the event.

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