Protecting The Fundamental And Democratic Rights Of The Congregation Of All Saints Church

All Saints Church is a living heritage of Bangalore, and this year marks the initiation of its 150th year celebrations. The Church is an architectural marvel and is surrounded by lush greenery constituted of rich biodiversity and trees, some of which are almost 200 years old. Over 1000 families celebrate mass every week in this campus as they have been doing so for generations. As per the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, this campus is an

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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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Some Reasons Why You Should Consider Donating To ESG

Some of our recent initiatives include: ESG drew attention to the inherent contradictions and dangers of evolving Karnataka’s Forest and Wildlife Conservation Vision Document 2030 guided by Dutch consultancy KPMG, as the Karnatataka Forest Department has now proposed. Working with representatives from various other organisations, ESG was able to convince the department of the need to rethink this approach. We are now working to ensure that Karnataka’s Vision Document for saving forests and forest rights, and

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A Review Of Andhra Pradesh’s Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming Programme

An enquiry into an unprecedented transformation to natural farming globally. 16 October 2018 Downloads: A Review of AP CRZBNF – Saldanha -Oct 2018 – 3.5 MB   On the occassion of World Food Day, 2018, Environment Support Group is happy to share “A Review of Andhra Pradesh’s Climate Resilient Zero Budget Natural Farming Programme”, authored by Leo F. Saldanha.     In the last several years, the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh has devoted considerable

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Solidarity Forum For Dissent

In solidarity with Greenpeace India, The Quint and The News Minute 15 October 2018Downloads:Statement of the Solidarity Forum for DissentKey Quotes from Press Conference of Solidarity Forum for Dissent Solidarity Forum for Dissent In solidarity with Greenpeace India, The Quint and The News Minute Released at Press Club of Bangalore, 15th October 2018    From L-R: Manohar (Human Rights Defenders Alert), Aakar Patel (Amnesty India), Mathew Phillips (SICHREM), Nandini (Greenpeace Supporter), Leo F. Saldanha (Environment

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Prof. G. D. Agarwal Dies In Efforts To Save The Ganga

11 October 2018 Downloads: Prof G D Agarwal Papers at KJA conference Aug 2002 Prof. G. D. Agarwal dies in efforts to save the Ganga Prof. G. D. Agarwal, who has been on an indefinite fast since 22nd June demanding effective action to clean Ganga, has died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 86.  Dr. Agarwal refused to take water two days ago, as not one of the State Governments of the Gangetic

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People’s Convention Vows To Challenge Undemocratic & Destructive Global Finance

Resolves to Build Political and Economic Alternatives 23 June 2018 Downloads: PCIF Declaration 23 June 2018 Press Statement People’s Convention Vows to Challenge Undemocratic & Destructive Global Finance: Resolves to Build Political and Economic Alternatives Mumbai, June 23: “The international financial institutions like AIIB (Asia Infrastructure and Investment Bank) must function in a deeply democratic manner respectful of national sovereignty, or else be shut down for they constitute a threat to the nation’s economic and

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CEJI DEMANDS FABRICATED CASES AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS PIYUSH MANUSH, MANSOOR ALI KHAN, VALARMATHI & OTHERS MUST BE DROPPED AND THEY BE RELEASED UNCONDITIONALLY

A Statement by the Coalition for Environmental Justice in India 20 June 2018 Downloads: CEJI Statement demanding release of Piyush and others arrested NAPM Poster demanding release of Valarmathi COALITION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN INDIA   STATEMENT DEMANDING    FABRICATED CASES AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS PIYUSH MANUSH AND MANSOOR ALI KHAN BE DROPPED AND FOR THEIR UNCONDITIONAL AND IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM PRISON 19thJune 2018   We strongly condemn the late night arrest (on 18thJune 2018) by

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HIGH-LEVEL PEOPLE’S INQUEST TEAM FINDS TAMILNADU POLICE/THOOTHUKUDI DISTRICT ADMIN GUILTY OF SERIOUS EXCESSES

A team comprising two retired judges of the High Court, two retired IAS, three retired senior IPS officers in addition to senior advocates, journalists and social workers has completed its 2-day inquest. A preliminary report is below. 2 June 2018 Downloads: Peoples Inquest Interim Report into Thoothukudi Police Firing We share with you the Interim Report of the People’s Inquest into the circumstances leading to Tamilnadu Police opening  fire on protestor’s demanding closure of Vedanta

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Peoples Movements, Networks, Academicians, Researchers And Civil Society Organisations Reject The Draft National Forest Policy 2018

Demand a fresh policy is evolved through a deeply democratic consultation mechanism and scientific process 14 April 2018 Downloads: Peoples Representation rejecting Draft National Forest Policy 2018 A nation-wide collective of peoples movments, forests peoples and workers struggle organisations, academics, researchers, civil society organisations, etc. have come together to comprehensively reject the Draft Forest Policy 2018 promoted by Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change on the following key grounds, among others: 1)  Indian

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“Government May Appear Insensitive, But It Cannot Ignore Voices Coming From Different Parts Of The Country”: Jairam Ramesh

Report of the Interaction on “New Draft Forest Policy and Deteriorating State of Environment in India” organised by ESG and Action Aid 13 April 2018     “Government may appear insensitive, but it cannot ignore voices coming from different parts of the country”: Jairam Ramesh       Youtube link to a recording of the event: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU4L5fiT4Ub9nfDlTKlVELF38Umg-GdoG   To a hall packed with people from various walks of life – academics, adivasis, students, journalists, trade unionists,

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Former Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Speaks On “New Draft Forest Policy And Deteriorating State Of Environment In India”

13 April 2018 ; Time: 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm ; Venue: SCM House, Mission Road, Bangalore (https://goo.gl/maps/YBBCzqeyAeQ2) Downloads: Invitation to a Talk by Jairam Ramesh on New Draft Forest Policy campaigns,biodiversity,forest policy,jairam ramesh,state of India’s environment

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“Government May Appear Insensitive, But It Cannot Ignore Voices Coming From Different Parts Of The Country”: Jairam Ramesh

Report of the Interaction on “New Draft Forest Policy and Deteriorating State of Environment in India” organised by ESG and Action Aid 13 April 2018 “Government may appear insensitive, but it cannot ignore voices coming from different parts of the country”: Jairam Ramesh       Youtube link to a recording of the event: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU4L5fiT4Ub9nfDlTKlVELF38Umg-GdoG   To a hall packed with people from various walks of life – academics, adivasis, students, journalists, trade unionists, administrators, etc.,

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“Beerappa’s Tallanna” Screened At Indian Institute Of Science Following Earlier Screenings At National Institute For Advanced Studies, ICTS And ATREE

A film conceptualised by Bhargavi S. Rao and Leo F. Saldanha for Amrit Mahal Hitarakshana aagu Horata Samithi 7 March 2018 Downloads: NIAS screening of ‘Beerappa’s Angst’ ICTS Screening Invitation Phi Delta Alpha (PDA), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, organised a screening of “Beerappa’s Angst” on 23rd May 2018, at Indian Institute of Science. This was followed by a discussion with Leo Saldanha of Environment Support Group on what the scientific community could do to correct the

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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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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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DRDO Drone Crash In Challakere Highlights Risks Latent To The “science City” In Chitradurga, Karnataka

A Press Release by Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Haagu Horata Samithi shared in solidarity by ESG 21 February 2018 At about 0900 hours on the morning of 21st February 2018, a five feet long Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, drone) being tested by Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) at its facility in Khudapura and Varavu Kavals in Challakere, Chitradurga, miscued, flew for several kilometres, and crashed into a field of Bangarappa, a farmer. Thankfully no one

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How To Protect Trees From Needless Felling In Bangalore

The third workshop organised as part of ESG’s ‘How To’ Workshop series 17 February 2018 ; Time: 4.30 pm to 7 pm ; Venue: @ ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070. https://goo.gl/maps/5jrH71vvnC12 Downloads: How To Protect Trees and Green Bangalore   ‘How to do it?’ workshop An ESG initiative   How to protect trees from needless felling in Bangalore   There is wide-spread concern over the recent proposal to once

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National Green Tribunal Puts Karnataka Govt. On Notice For Planning To Release 1152 Crores Plastic Labels Into The Environment

Direction issued in Public Interest Litigation filed by Environment Support Group 30 January 2018   Plastic wrappers and bottles floating in Bingipura Quarry Landfill in Bangalore   Plastic once released into the environment has a pernicious impact on biodiversity and life everywhere. In the sea, rivers and estuaries, lakes, farmland, commons, etc., and also in the far reaches of the Arctic or in the middle of oceans, we find plastic. In fact, Earth is being

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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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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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National Symposium On ‘The Handmade’

A Gram Seva Sangh, St. Joseph’s Institute of Management and Environment Support Group initiative 6 January 2018 ; Time: 9 am to 4 pm ; Venue: St. Joseph’s Institute of Management, 28/1, Primrose Road, Ashoknagar, Bangalore 560025. https://goo.gl/maps/GgoTXFYhbUF2 Downloads: Handmade Symposium Poster Handmade Symposium Concept Note Report of the Symposium on “The Handmade” Report of the Symposium on THE HANDMADE Organised by    Gram Seva Sangha, Environment Support Group and St. Joseph’s Institute of Management 6th January 2018, Bangalore

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How To Understand And Comment On The Revised Draft Masterplan (RMP) 2031 For Bengaluru

An ESG “How to do it?” Workshop initiative 16 December 2017 ; Time: 4 pm to 6.30 pm (followed by the screening of a documentary: Our Metropolis) ; Venue: ESG Workshop Space, 1575, Ring Road, Banashankari II Stage, Bangalore 560070 Downloads: “How to do it?” Workshop Concept “How to do it?”: RMP 2031 ESG Workshop Poster 16122017 How to plan Bengaluru: A city for people and not for profit REVISED MASTER PLAN 2031 FOR BENGALURU

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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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“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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