The concretising didn’t stop with roads; like a cancer it spread across to pavements, as paved regions into parks, and even into urban forests like Turahalli where, thankfully, public resistance stopped it. But the phenomenon is so widespread now, that it shows up in satellite imageries, and when it rains, the city floods in no time as there is simply no open ground for water to percolate. And in summer ‘heat islands’ result, desiccating what little greenery is left.Read more
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitching 500 GW as a target for energy production from renewable sources, mainly solar and wind, there has been a substantial increase in mega solar park installations across the country in various landscapes.Read more
Bengaluru witnessed torrential rains and floods that created a disastrous impact. As a result, a large part of #Bengaluru was underwater.
The New Indian Express spoke to experts to understand the cause and effect of this concerning issue.Experts go on to state that rapid construction, encroachment, and corruption are behind the crisis.
Panel Discussion chaired by Dr. Ravindra A. Speaker: Anjali Karol Mohan. Discussant: Leo Saldhana, ESGRead more
The Make Bengaluru Climate Friendly – A Blueprint for Integrated, Participatory and Inclusive Urban Governance was evolved by the Environment Support Group, with deeply engaged participation from key representatives of multiple sectors: from the governments, academia, media, civil society, trade unions, vulnerable communities, etc.Read more
Leo Saldhana from ESG questions CM BS Bommai’s statement that ground reality across ghats is different from satellite images, explains the seriousness of the issue.Read more
Leo Saldhana in conversation with Revathi Rajeevan of New 18 on the recent flooding in North BengaluruRead more
Leo Saldhana from ESG joins Tanvi Shukla from Mirrow Now On The Urban Debate.Read more
June 5, 2021 marks the 49th year since the UN General Assembly designated the day as World Environment Day, marking the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. The day is globally celebrated with meaningful themes relevant to the challenges at various points of time. This year’s theme is Restoring Ecosystems.Read more
ESG’s Leo Saldhana in “Vulnerabilities of Indian Governance: in handling Climate CrisisRead more
Professor Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard University has been described as the preeminent scholar on a relatively new genre of scientificRead more
The high levels of air pollution in Bengaluru is the outcome of serious failure in governance and investment in false solutions over time. A shift needed is to build awareness and develop solutions that can be locally understood and managed, are economically feasible, and socio-culturally just. There has to be a healthy marriage between science, law, economics and common sense in addressing this challenge, with an intergenerational perspective and ecocentric view. With such a resolve, it is possible for Bengaluru to beat air pollution and truly join the World Environment Day celebrations, not just for a day, but every day.Read more
Public consultations about tree felling or Metro construction can be just an eyewash if the authorities don’t care enough. WhatRead more
It is necessary to reimagine Bengaluru based on citizens’ aspirations, not as an outcome of mystified proposals of technocracy. People’s voicesRead more
Written by Leo F. Saldanha and Bhargavi S. Rao for India Law News 1 December 2011 Downloads: ESG Article onRead more