‘Undeclared Emergency’: A Conversation On The Occasion Of Republic Day

View Recording “Analytically sharp and empirically robust, Arvind Narrain’s ‘Undeclared Emergency … ‘ throws a sharp focus on the punitive nature of the legal regime, the criminalisation of dissent and the power exercised by the mob in contemporary India. All those who care for the future of our Republic should read this book”.—Ramachandra Guha, Historian Discussants Arvind Narrain is a lawyer and writer based in Bangalore. He is a founding member of the Alternative Law

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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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Lake Walk – October 2021

Lake Walk @ Uttarahalli Kere & Subramanyapura Kere Bengaluru was once called ‘the city of thousand lakes’. Have you ever wondered what happened to these pristine lakes that dotted our landscapes? Are you curious to know the possibilities in creating a water and food secure future through lakes? One of the most important aspects of the conservation story is public imagination and reconnect with the ecological system.  Environment Support Group has been working with protecting

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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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Webinar Report: Consolidating Visions For Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan

Week 9 of “Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan: Making it Participatory and Inclusive”An initiative of Environment Support Group, Bengaluru 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 the 2021 World

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Stan – Indefinite Tribute – 5th July 2021

The Judiciary is the Defence of the Innocent. Or so we thought. Fr. Stan Swamy is dead. The bail which was his right was denied to him. Despite his age – 84 years and being afflicted with Parkinson’s   Who (and/or what) killed this Great Soul, is not any more the question. The threat facing every law abiding citizen of India, who deeply value Constitutionalism, who fight for Deep Democracy, Equity, Justice, Liberty, Equality and Freedom,

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A New Chapter In Decentralised Governance Of Lakes Of Karnataka: Principal Bench Of Karnataka High Court directs The State To Constitute District Lake Protection Committees In Environment Support Group V. State Of Karnataka (WP No. 817 Of 2008)

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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Week 8: Reimagining Bengaluru’s Infrastructure As Resilient To Climate-Change

The ‘smart city’ projects have skewed relationships between intent and impact, with massive investments being made in gentrified neighborhoods to the neglect of most other areas of the metropolis. Meanwhile, investments in essential social, education and health infrastructure remain stagnant and are even declining. Would turning planning and development into deeply democratic and decentralised processes and promoting self-sufficient neighborhoods be the answer to reducing the carbon footprint of the metropolis and adapting Bengaluru to climate change impacts?

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Webinar Report: Securing Clean Air And Inclusive Mobility For Bengaluru

“Environmental justice, transportation justice, street justice are all deeply political matters, and to see it merely from a technical perspective will not give us the answers…It is also important to try and create a network where it doesn’t become a government-driven system alone. As consumers we have power. As consumers, we are not effectively networked to propel the transformation that is essential”

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Tackling COVID-19 Sensibly – A Conversation With Dr. Kashinath Dixit

Environment Support Group invites you to participate in a conversation with Dr. Kashinath Dixit, an Endocrinologist who has worked for decades in the United Kingdom and been closely involved in responding to the COVID waves that affected the region. He is now also helping a variety of vulnerable communities across India to take precautions, stay healthy and recover from the disease

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Your Participation Can Make Bengaluru’s Climate Action Plan More Inclusive

Thank you to those of you who have joined us in the ongoing webinar series “Bengaluru’s Climate Action: Making it Participatory and Inclusive“. If you are yet to register for the series, you can do so here.Bengaluru’s people have always been active and conscious about their natural right to participate in decision making about their city and its future. The webinar series is yet another instance of that. We are excited to be involved in catalysing a constructive dialogue process for namma ooru to evolve

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Week 7: Securing Clean Air And Inclusive Mobility For Bengaluru

Everyone pays a very high price for mobility in Bengaluru. Incredible traffic snarls cost precious time, money, infrastructure and public health, and substantially erode the ‘salubrious’ quality of the metropolis. With an astonishing 0.8 to 1 vehicle to population ratio, Bengaluru metropolitan area is amongst the most fossil fuel dependent urban spaces globally. Air quality is significantly deteriorating, resulting in severe health impacts, especially for the poor and marginalised.

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Webinar Report: Making Bengaluru Energy Independent

“Is it possible to keep this city running with this pattern of consumption and demand for energy? How are BESCOM and KPTCL sustaining this supply? What are the challenges of the petrochemical sector in supporting fuel demands? Is there a way that we could shift to more sustainable sources, such as renewable energy, and can those transitions be just for all involved? Will such just transitions require Bangalore Metropolitan Planning Authorities to imagine futures that are based on sustainable energy systems, in contrast with the prevailing extractive and unsustainable systems? And can we ensure all homes (be they of rich, poor or middle classes), institutions, offices, government buildings will find ways to consume less power and shift to alternate forms of locally generated power?”

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