Public Statement Demanding Strict Action Against Communal Elements Threatening With Dire Consequences Those Working To Protect Begur Lake

The undersigned unequivocally, and in a single, strong, and clear voice absolutely condemn this assault on the honour of the High Court of Karnataka, on the rule of law,  and on those who are working tirelessly to protect lakes as commons for the sake of present and future generations. At a time when the world is grappling with the critical importance of saving such biodiversity-rich wetlands as a means of tackling the adverse consequences of climate change

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Dalit Families Targeted In Demolition Drive Undertaken By Bangalore Development Authority In Doddabettahalli (Yelahanka Hobli, Bangalore North)

In a most shocking development, officials of the Bangalore Development Authority, backed by Bangalore Police, destroyed about 10 houses of villagers of Doddabettahalli. Each and every one of the families affected were from Dalit communities. In a similar drive, about 22 houses had been demolished at Somashettahalli, Meda Agrahara and Lakshmipura villages of the same region a few days ago, which resulted in widespread protests.

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A New Chapter In Decentralised Governance Of Lakes Of Karnataka

On 15 June 2021, the Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Abhay Oka pronounced an order that will significantly change lake governance across Karnataka state, in rural and urban areas. This order will now pave the way for truly decentralised governance of lakes as commons, allowing the local public direct access to these Committees. The order was issued in response to an application made by Leo F. Saldanha, Coordinator of Environment Support Group, who sought modifications to the landmark 2012 judgment in ESG’s Lakes PIL Environment Support Group v. State of Karnataka (W.P. No. 817/2008), to strengthen lake governance from the ground up.

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A Landfill Is No Place To “dispose” Of Our Dead. BBMP Needs To Reconsider Its Decision To Set Up An Open Crematorium At The Mavallipura Landfill.

The entire world has been afflicted with COVID. But nowhere has a landfill been used to cremate loved ones. We must all work together to ensure there is dignity and grace in conducting final rites of the unfortunate departed, and in a place appropriate for such terribly sad occasions. It has to be a place worthy of a sacred ritual.

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Week 5 Webinar Report: Securing Biodiversity Rich, Healthy, Socially Inclusive And Economically Viable Commons In Bengaluru

“Commons bring people of the city together. It gives an opportunity to mix people from various communities…In a public park you will find people from a diverse set of communities; people from across caste and class economic status and so on and that is important for us to broaden our minds also. Otherwise we are just limited and living in our own silos”

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Week 4 Webinar Report: Food For Thought- Towards An Environmentally Sustainable And Socially Just Food System

Download Report Date: 13 April 2021 Week 4 of “Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan: Making it Participatory and Inclusive” Recording Background Earlier this year, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) voluntarily committed that the metropolis of Bengaluru would take steps to achieve the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement: i.e., to take local action that would help the world contain global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.  On the occasion of World Water

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Webinar Report: Making Bengaluru Water Secure

Download Report 8 April 2021 Week 3 of “Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan: Making it Participatory and  Inclusive” Recording Overview In January, the then commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike  (BBMP), Mr. N Manjunatha Prasad, IAS wrote to Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles,  the Chair of ‘C-40 Cities’, voluntarily committing the metropolis of Bengaluru to take  steps to achieve the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement: i.e., to take local action  that would help

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Week 2 Webinar Report: Public Health, Sanitation And Waste Management: Is A Decentralized Approach The 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. It has been argued time and again that centralised response strategies are resource heavy and cause societal dysfunctionality, and the way forward is to ensure ward-level governance becomes real in every way, especially in securing public health and sanitation for all.

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Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan: Inaugural Session Report

The series is a process of engaging with multiple thematic issues, concerns and imaginaries of leading officials of various agencies whose functioning impacts the city, with subject matter experts, youth, representatives of various sectors and residents from diverse sections of the city. And it is also a process of collectivising diverse views and solutions with necessary nuance.

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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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Let The Chamoli Disaster Be The Final Wake Up Call For Our Government

The Chamoli avalanche flood is starkly reminiscent of the Uttarakhand flood of 2013 and is a strong indicator of the impending high risks associated with reckless development of such fragile mountainous regions. This event highlights the harsh truth of how little the Government of India and various regional Himalayan states are focussing attention on appreciating the fragility of this range. There will be wide-ranging political arguments claiming it to be a natural disaster, but it is anything but that.

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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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National Consultation On Draft EIA Notification 2020 – Focus On Environmental Protection And Justice, Virtual Meet On June 05

Press Release: 7 June 2020 On the occasion of World Environment Day, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG), Environment Support Group (ESG), and Movement for Advancing Understanding on Sustainability And Mutuality (MAUSAM) organised a national consultation on Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020: Focus on environmental protection and justice. We were joined by speakers Dr. Sharadchandra Lele-ATREE, Bengaluru, Mr. Leo Saldanha-Environment Support Group, Bengaluru, Mr Rohit Prajapati-Environmental Activist, Baroda, Mr Alok Shukla-Chhattisgarh Bachao

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Urgent Need For Ground Up, Coordinated Approach In Dealing With COVID-19 Pandemic

URGENT PRESS RELEASE, Bangalore – 28 March 2020  Trade Unions, Public Intellectuals, Community Health Specialists, Civil Society Organisations urge Karnataka Chief Minister  Under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri. B. S. Yediyurappa, the Government of Karnataka has acted with a sense of urgency in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been various efforts to ensure no one suffers due to want of health care, and access to health facilities.  But COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented

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Karnataka High Court Holds Imposition Of Sec 144 On Bengaluru As Illegal

[Note: For News Coverage of the Judgement Kindly Scroll Down to the Bottom of the Press Release] Press Release : 13th February 2020 : Bangalore Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka and Justice Mr. Hemant Chandangoudar constituting the Principal Bench of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, held today that the order of Bangalore Police Commissioner Mr. Bhaskar Rao, IPS,  imposing Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code across Bangalore during 19-21 December 2019, illegal, as it

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Press Release: Joint Statement Condemning Grounds Offered By TATA Institute Of Social Sciences, Mumbai Blocking Dr Tejal Kanitakar’s Participation In Bhagat Singh Memorial Lecture

The grounds offered by the administration of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai to block the participation of noted academic and activist, Dr. Tejal Kanitakar, from chairing the Bhagat Singh Memorial Lecture are shocking and deserve to be unequivocally condemned.

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PILs Challenge Imposition Of Curfew On Bangalore Preventing Protests Against CAA/NRC

Public Interest Litigations were filed in the morning of 19th December 2019 challenging the imposition of Sec 144 of The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973,[1] across Bangalore. The impugned order was issued late in the night of 18thDecember by Mr. Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Bangalore Police Commissioner and effective till midnight of 21st December 2019[2].  The implication of this order is that curfew is declared across the city, and assembly of five or more persons is prohibited. The PILS came

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Beyond Corporate Driven Industrial Agriculture To Climate Resilient Agroecology: For A Hunger Free, Suicide Free, Poison Free Republic

Navdanya, Environment Support Group, Centre for Financial Accountability, Focus on the Global South, Delhi Solidarity Group, Peoples Resource Centre in collaboration with Coalition for Environmental Justice in India invite you to this workshop to be held on Friday, 6th September 2019 at the Constitution Club, New Delhi from 10 am to 2:30 pm. To register your participation, please fill in this form: https://forms.gle/fthBT3kCmZtAUAhA9 OR confirm your participation via email at anil@delhiforum.net or socialmedia@esgindia.org OR call 9650015257

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Appeal To Shift Bangalore Metro’s Vellara Station To Save All Saints Church & Protect Fundamental Right To Pray

An unprecedented act that will be historically cherished as a progressive step to uphold unity in diversity  All Saints Church is a living religious and cultural heritage of Bengaluru and has been designated for statutory protection in the metropolis’ draft master plan.  This November the All Saints Church congregation is preparing to celebrate the church’s 150th anniversary.  (See its history: https://www.allsaintscsi.org/history)  When the entire city has got smitten by the craze of ‘developing’ any open

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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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