Transformations To Sustainability: Governance Of Sociotechnical Transformations

A video by Belmont Forum and International Science Council on ‘Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations” (GoST) project in which ESG is a partner to discover pathways of Transformations to Sustainability.

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THE ANATOMY OF A SOLAR LAND GRAB – Report Of A Fact-Finding Committee

Karbi and Adivasi farmers belonging to Mikir Bamuni Grant village in Nagaon district of Assam reported that about 93 acres of the land they were cultivating was taken over forcibly during 2020 by Azure Power Forty Private Limited, a subsidiary of international power corporation Azure Power Global Ltd. The farmers reported that their land was taken for establishing a 15 MW solar power plant by the company. In the process, ripened paddy crop raised on over 200 bighas of land was razed to the ground on 8th October, 2020 by the company. Villagers report that the local police and district authorities backed this forced dislocation of the farmers and forcible takeover of their lands.

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Pavagada Solar Plant Shines, But At What Cost?

Alternative sources of energy like solar is the way ahead but going forward in this realm requires a need to understand that mega power plants spanning thousands of acres, commissioned by converting habitable lands may not be the right way to do it. Solar plants can coexist with farming, animal rearing and other rural livelihoods. It just needs more dialogue and local people’s participation to suit the local landscapes.

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Building Environmental Jurisprudence To Reclaim Lakes As Commons For Posterity: Compilation Of ESG Lake Work

Collated here are petitions, affidavits, memos and notes filed by ESG to protect lakes of Karnataka before Karnataka High Court (WP 817/2008 & WP 38401/2014) and Supreme Court of India (Civil Appeal 17166/2013). You will also find here judicial orders, reports and laws that are an outcome of this ongoing effort. This section will be updated frequently.

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Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics

As the world tried to make sense of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, ESG was invited to participate in a 23 country and 6 continent-wide collaborative study involving 60 researchers led by Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Sheila Jasanoff of the Harvard Kennedy School and Prof. Stephen Hilgartner of Cornell University in a study on Comparative Covid Response: Crisis, Knowledge, Politics (CompCoRe for short).

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Futures Forum Seminar On Preparedness: 12-13 January 2021

ESG is participating in one effort – a 23 country comparative study to learn lessons for the future from COVID-19, a study led by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard Kennedy School and Prof. Stephen Hilgartner of Cornell University which will be featured in Futures Forum seminar on Preparedness, 12-13 Jan 2021.

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Notes For The India Workshop Of Governance Of Socio Technical Transformation Project (GoST)

Prepared by Leo F. Saldanha, Principal Investigator Bhargavi S. Rao, Associate Principal Investigator GoST India Project Governance of Socio Technical Transformation is a collaborative project involving Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA); Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany); Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex (UK) and African Centre for Technology Studies (Kenya) and Environment Support Group, Bangalore (India) Focus of the project:Transformations in systems of energy, agriculture, and urban digital infrastructure are

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Governance Of Socio Technical Transformations Project (GoST) Workshop, Bangalore, India

ESG is organising the India – GoST workshop on 14th January 2019 (Tuesday – full day). Prof. Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard University, who has undertaken pioneering research in STS, will participate along with her colleagues in the workshop, and set the tone for our day long conversations. We welcome you to join us.

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Karnataka High Court Monitors State Of Solid Waste Management In Bangalore

In July 2012, ‘landfills’ were shut down in Mavallipura, a village 30 kms. north of Bangalore, due to mobilisation by Dalit Sangarsh Samithi and ESG. These ‘landfills’ were essentially village grazing pastures and forest, and here the waste was being dumped, and for over a decade, resulting in a range a healthy and environmental problems. ESG has documented these impacts in two report: Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy, 2010 and Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies, 2018. The closure

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An Invitation To Join Survey Of Lakes Of Bangalore As Wetland Ecosystems And Waterfowl Habitats

Principal Bench of the Karnataka High Court headed by Chief Justice Mr. Abhay Oka has directed the State Government to extend assistance for the survey of Lakes of Bangalore as Waterfowl Habitats

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Bandipur Reserve Forest Highway Traffic Ban – A Debate

Organised by Institution of Engineers, Mysore Date: 03 November 2019 Some of the main highlights from the discussion are listed below: Maj Gen Sudhir Vombatkere (Retd.) argued that human demands of development must comprehend natural limits. That disconnectedness between rural and urban India, between consumers and producers, of the gaps of perception between extractivism and aspirations of a good life have caused a tussle in our capacity to ‘find a pragmatic solution. But tigers and

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Workshop Invite: How To Conduct A Survey Of Wards Of Bengaluru?

Learn the Why and How of conducting in-depth survey of your ward to make Bengaluru a more healthy, progressive, inclusive, sustainable and climate resilient city.

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How To Get Ward Committees To Work For The City

A 2nd Workshop in the ESG ‘How to’ Workshop series 19 January 2018 ; Time: 5.30 pm to 8 pm ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070. https://goo.gl/maps/u94Ymtnt6L22 Downloads: How to Make Ward Committees Work for the City Kannada: How to Make Ward Committees Work for the City ‘How to do it?’ workshops An ESG initiative How to get Ward Committees to work for the city The workshop Facilitators

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How To Get Ward Committees To Work For The City

A workshop organised as part of ESG’s ‘How To’ Workshop series 19 January 2018 Downloads: Report of the Workshop The transformations in our cities and urban agglomeration triggered by globalization demand a review on the various developmental paradigms. Because of this, cities are becoming fragmented spaces: gated areas for wealthy citizens, ‘abandoned’ spaces for the poor. Rights deprivation like access to clean water, adequate housing, and education is becoming concentrated in these abandoned spaces. This

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Historic Direction By Karnataka High Court To BBMP To Ensure Ward Committees Prepare Ward Level Solid Waste Management Plan

A fundamental step to securing decentralisation in urban governance 10 November 2017 Downloads: ESG Press Release on Karnataka HC 10th Nov 2017 decision on Ward Committees functioning State of Landfills, Waste Processing Sites and Garbage Dumping Grounds in Bangalore: ESG Report filed in Karnataka High Court Kannada v ESG Release SWM Ward Cmt Kar HC Ruling Nov 2017 Unofficial Kannada Translation of 10 Nov HC Order on Ward Cmts In a historic decision by the

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Status Of Law, Policy & Practices Solid Waste Management In Bengaluru

Report of Workshop organised by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in collaboration with Environment Support Group Written by ESG 31 May 2017 Downloads: ESG BBMP Workshop on SWM – Report – 31 May 2017 – English ESG BBMP Workshop on SWM – Report – 31 May 2017 – Kannada Report of Workshop on Status of Law, Policy & Practices Solid Waste Management in Bengaluru Organized by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike in collaboration with Environment Support Group

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Karnataka High Court Directs Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike To Set Up Ward Committees Within One Month

Time to celebrate victory of democracy in local government functioning 24 April 2017  Karnataka High Court directs Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to set up Ward Committees Justice Mr. Ashok Hinchigeri and Justice Mrs. K S Mudgal directed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to constitute Ward Committees in Bangalore within a maximum period of 1 (one) month!  BBMP must now comply with this order without fail, as the Court expressed its serious displeasure that several earlier

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What Waste? Why Waste?

A Workshop for Youngsters 15 April 2017 ; Time: 8 am to 6 pm ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 Downloads: What Waste? Why Waste? ESG Workshop Brochure What Waste? Why Waste? A Workshop for Youngsters Saturday, 15th April 2017 8 am to 6 pm @ ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 Google Map Link Over a crore people live in Bangalore, use

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Deconstructing Notions Of ‘science Capital’ And ‘world Class City’ In The Context Of Bangalore And The Proposed ‘science City’ In Challakere

Report of a conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Director, Program on Science, Technology and Society Harvard Kennedy School John F. Kennedy School of Government 16 March 2017 ; Time: 3 pm to 5.30 pm ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, Bangalore Downloads: Invitation to a conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff @ ESG Report of the conversation with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies Director, Program

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BBMP Proposals For Mass Felling Of Trees Illegal, In Contempt Of Court

BBMP Tree Officer Notice calling for Public Comments has to be withdrawn 10 February 2017 Downloads: ESG Rep to BBMP Tree Officer – Mass Felling Illegal 9th Feb 2017 BBMP Public Notice on Jayamahal Road Tree Felling GOK SC Affidavit in BMCIP case affirming KTCP Act Jayamahal Tree Felling Illegal, in Contempt of Court The same law applies to Steel Flyover and other Infrastructure projects as well There is an eerie feeling to the recent

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Scrap This Club Of Rich And Famous!

Government Must Establish and Make Functional District/Metropolitan Planning Committees and Ward Committees in all cities of Karnataka 13 May 2016 Downloads: Statement: Scrap BBPAG Progressive Groups Demand Scrapping of Bangalore Blue-print Action Group Around 120 people representing various progressive civil society organisations, trade unions, workers federations, resident welfare associations, artistes, street vendor associations, environmental groups, etc. came together in protest against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s 28th April 2016 decision to form the Bangalore Blue-print Action Group

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