Fundamental Dilution Of Environmental Laws And Jurisprudence Of India Proposed

The current proposed amendments to four major environmental laws, are effectively a big step away from India’s long held statutory tradition of protecting environmental and natural resources and is a clear indicator of prevailing priority: putting business and commercial interest over environmental protection and safeguarding human rights.  The draft Bills were put out on 1st July 2022 by the Ministry in English, not any of the other Scheduled languages, and the commenting period ends on 21st July 2022.  Never in the history of India has there ever been such a rush to put interests of international and national business empires over that of peoples of India and its biodiversity.   

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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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Two Waste Management Stories From The Dakshina Kannada District

By: Janani S, The author is an architect and researcher on inclusive urbanism at Environment Support Group. Pachnady was still over 2 kilometres away but the stench of garbage reached us early. In 2019, the Pachnady landfill was in the news due to its slide down during the monsoons engulfing the residences and a temple in the vicinity. The solid waste of the city has polluted the groundwater here beyond repair rendering it unfit for drinking. Many of the farmers and other victims await their full compensation even after two years and their livelihoods witness a standstill as they are unable to cultivate in these degraded lands. In this context, we, researchers from the Environment Support Group, visited the waste management facility of Pachanady, Mangalore to get a better understanding of the prevailing situation.

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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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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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Webinar Series: ‘Better Bus Bengaluru’

The final webinar as part of the “Better Bus Bengaluru” campaign with #BengaluruMoving is on Friday, 28th August 2020 (4-6 pm on Zoom and Facebook) when we will address the theme: “Streamlining and calming traffic, and making cities inclusive for all”.

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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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In The Newspapers: Protecting Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park And Its Heritage

In this post, you will find newspaper articles related to the recent decision by the Karnataka High Court to build a 7 story tall building inside Cubbon Park. Visit this post for daily updates on this issue that is threatening the green heart of Bengaluru. From Deccan Herald: How long will Cubbon survive?, Deccan Herald E-Paper, http://www.deccanheraldepaper.com/?pub=pp3-20191030_2&article=786357400 State, judiciary must respond to call to protect park tranquillity, Deccan Herald E-Paper, http://www.deccanheraldepaper.com/?pub=pp3-20191105_2&article=2039089457 BBMP springs a green

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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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A Movement For Economy Of Restraint: A Public Workshop As A Part Of Satyagraha For A Sacred Economy

Invitation to “A Movement for Economy of Restraint: A public workshop as a part of Satyagraha for a Sacred Economy” tomorrow at 4:30 pm onward at Xavier Hall, St. Joseph’s Art and Science College, Langford Road, Bengaluru.

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“Beyond Corporate Driven Industrial Agriculture To Climate Resilient Agroecology: For A Hunger Free, Suicide Free, Poison Free Republic” – Delhi Workshop Report

A clear and strong case was made to promote agroecology to save farmers and advance food security across India by speakers and participants at the workshop organised by Navdanya, Environment Support Group, Center for Financial Accountability, Delhi Solidarity Group, People’s Resource Center and Focus on the Global South, in collaboration with Coalition for Environmental Justice in India, on 6th September 2019 at the Constitution Club, New Delhi.  Welcoming the audience, Anil Tharayath of Delhi Forum

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Mobile Data Collection Using ODK & Google Tools

Invitation to Introductory Workshop on Mobile Data collection using ODK & Google tools by Pradeep Koulgi (independent researcher and wildlife biologist) on the 7th of September, 2019 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at Environment Support Group Workshop Space, 1575, Banashankarai II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

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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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Invitation To ‘Should Scientists Be Activists?’. A Lecture By Subir Sarkar

Sambhavna Trust & Environment Support Group cordially invite you to PM Bhargava Memorial Lecture on Science & Society by Subir Sarkar (Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford), titled-  ‘Should Scientists be Activists?’ “This is a question that many scientists grapple with everyday. On the one hand they wish to preserve their scientific objectivity and neutrality – on the other hand they wish to engage with the issues of the day out of a sense of

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Budget Push For Zero Budget Farming But Contradictions Mar Andhra’s Natural Agri Foray

Karnataka has demonstrated that standard budgetary allocation for agriculture can be rechannelled to promote agroecological farming. It is now clear that Andhra intends to move ahead with CRZBNF, with support from BNP Paribas and BMGF, as Kumar dismisses concerns raised about their involvement stating “we do not subscribe to your description of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and BNP Paribas Bank. We are clear that in the interest of the farmers and in reaching objectives

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“Good Guy. Bad Guy”

A documentary by Indu Krishnan 26 April 2018 ; Time: 6 pm ; Venue: Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy, 36, 9th Main, B. V. Karanth Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SBBxv5KXbnJ2 Downloads: Invitation to Screening of “Good Guy. Bad Guy.” “Good Guy. Bad Guy”, a film by Indu Krishnan, is a poetic interrogation into the life of Zakhir who picks rags for a living and dreams big of making movies about life in Bangalore.

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Justice Mr. N. Kumar (Retd.) Calls For Widespread And Persistent Efforts To Resolve Vexatious Municipal Waste Crisis

Says ESG Report “Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies” serves as foundation for furthering reforms undertaken Written by Leo F. Saldanha, Swetha Rao Dhananka, Mallesh K. R., Harsh Vardhan Bhati, Apoorva Patil, Namrata Kabra for Environment Support Group 2 March 2018 Downloads: Release of “Blore’s Toxics Legacy Intensifies” Report Summary of “Bangalore’s Toxics Legacy Intensifies” Report Full Report: “Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies” 4.2 MB A wide range of people from all over Bangalore, representing a range of

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Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies

Release of ESG Report on: “State of Landfill, Waste Processing Sites & Dumping Grounds, and Working Conditions of Pourakarmikas in Bangalore 2 March 2018 ; Time: 10 am to 1 pm ; Venue: Jain University, Palace Road, Bangalore. https://goo.gl/maps/q4MB5NmSdp32 Downloads: Invitation to Release of Bangalore’s Toxic Legacy Intensifies Kannada Invitation to Release of Landfills Report campaigns,mavallipura,bangalore,mavallipura,solid waste management

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“Can Interlinking Rivers And Greening Their Banks Save Our Cities?”

A report of a symposium organized by Environment Support Group Written by ESG Team 15 December 2017 Downloads: Report of the Symposium on River Linking and Cities “Can Interlinking Rivers and Greening their Banks Save our Cities?” 15 December 2017, Bangalore A report of the symposium organised by Environment Support Group In what turned out to be a most engrossing discussion on “Can Inter-linking our Rivers and Greening their Banks save our Cities?” organized by

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Screening Of “Sikkidre Shikari, Ildidre Bhikari”: A Documentary About Hakki Pikkis By Madhu Bhushan And Vinod Raja

15 December 2017 ; Time: 6 pm ; Venue: Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560070 T: +91 80 26711785 Map: https://tinyurl.com/y7w7lzb7 Invites you to the screening of 6 pm, Friday, 15th December 2017 @Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560070 T: +91 80 26711785 Map: https://tinyurl.com/y7w7lzb7 More on the film, visit: https://www.facebook.com/SikkidreShikari/?fref=nf or @sikkidreshikari More details

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Thursday Talkies To Screen ‘Beerappa’s Angst”

Followed by a talk on the prevailing situation in Challakere by Leo Saldanha 30 November 2017 ; Time: 11 am ; Venue: St. Joseph’s College of Commerce, AV Room, Brigade Road, Bangalore Downloads: Invitation to the screening of “Beerappa’s Angst” This film conceptualised by Bhargavi S Rao and Leo Saldanha, problematises the widespread shocking silence over the building of a massive military-industrial-nuclear-complex in Challakere, Chitradurga, 250 kms north of Bangalore, that is displacing over 300000 people and

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Taayavva: A Musical In Kannada Written And Directed By Prasanna

An historical cultural message 21 November 2017 Downloads: Taayavva: Poster   The idea of this play, the process of which this play is an outcome, and the manner in which this play is performed, make the audience a unique participant in a historical struggle for Justice. And to advance a struggle to correct a historical injustice. In the frenetic pace of industrialisation, fuelled by capitalism in particular, and also in the prevailing world of consumerism,

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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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SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL

Tribute to Gauri Lankesh 26 October 2017 ; Venue: SIEDS, No.33/1-9, IVth Cross, Thyagaraju Layout, Jaibharath Nagar, M.S. Nagar P.O Bangalore -560033. Land Mark: Bharath petrol pump, Jaibharath Nagar Downloads: Gauri Lankesh Social Justice Film Festival Day 1, 26 October Thursday 10 am Inauguration 11:00 am Our Gauri (opening film) Dir: Deepu; 67 min; English (subtitles); 2017   Gauri Lankesh was one of the Karnataka’s most prominent and fearless journalists. She was shot dead outside her house in

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