Massive Earthquake In Nepal

Appeal to support Relief efforts 26 April 2015 The massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April 2015 has devastated the country.  Aftershocks and tremors continue to reverberate and terrorise communities  across the Himalayan regions, and also through the massive Gangetic plains – from Delhi to Kolkota.  It will be several days before the actual scale of this Himalayan catastrophe will be known to us.   As Governments and relief agencies across South Asia and from

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Appeal To State Governments Not To Support Environmental “reforms” Proposed By Indian Ministry Of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Based On The Controversial TSR Subramanian Committee Report

Several States have opposed the proposed Reforms, echoing concerns raised in the Appeal 3 April 2015 Downloads: Endorsed Appeal to State Governments not to support Union Govt’s Environmental Reforms based on Subramanian Committee Agenda of MoEF Environment and Forest Ministers Conference, April 2015 Appeal to State Governments not to support Subramanian Committee based Environment Reforms – Kannada   The Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change organised a Conclave of Environment Ministers, Environment Secretaries,

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Massive Violations Of Karnataka High Court Directives Makes A Mess Of Mavallipura, Again

Indian Air Force says landfill threatens India’s Defense Preparedness 20 March 2015 Downloads: Press Release- English Press Release- Kannada Indian Airforce objection to waste processing at Mavallipura Karnataka High Court orders regarding relief, compensation to Mavallipura villagers Press Release : 20 March 2015: Bangalore   Massive Violations of Karnataka High Court directives makes a mess of Mavallipura, again Background: Since August 2012, when the landfills of Mavallipura were forced shut by orders of the Karnataka

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Conservation Of Lakes And Water Bodies Across Karnataka

Organised by Environment Support Group in Collaboration with Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology 24 January 2015 ; Venue: Various Locations in Karnataka Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology & Environment Support Group INVITE YOUR PARTICIPATION IN STATE WIDE WORKSHOPS ON “Conservation of Lakes and Water Bodies” Organised as part of the efforts in Networking for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) – Eco Water Literacy Campaign 2011 (Karnataka) supported by the Department of Science

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INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S HIGH POWERED COMMITTEE REPORT ON REFORM OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

A Non-trivial Threat to India’s Ecological and Economic Security 9 January 2015 Downloads: ESG Critique the TSR Subramanian Report on Environmental Reforms Press Release on ESG Critique of TSR Subramanian Report on Envtl Reforms 263rd Report of Dept Related Parliamentary Standing Cmt on Science and Tech, Environment and Forests On 29th August 2014 the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change of the Government of India (hereinafter referred to as MoEF & CC) set up

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Conversations About Risks, Lives And Politics Of Environmental Decision Making

30 years after the Bhopal Gas Crime, Key Discussant: Dr. Bindu Madhav Uppaluri 5 December 2014 ; Time: 6 pm ; Venue: Environment Support Group, Bangalore “Utmost good faith” in the capacity of industry and corporate sectors to take care of the environmental and health impacts of their projects is the cornerstone of the argument in reform of environmental regulation proposed by the T. S. R. Subramanian led High Level Committee appointed by Prime Minister

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Bangalore’s Own Green Ambassador Reminds Us Of What It Took To Make Bangalore The Greenest City In The 1980s

Even as BBMP and the Government dither on complying with High Court directions to involve citizenry in re-greening efforts 1 December 2014 Downloads: Karnataka High Court’s 7th August 2014 decision on steps needed to re-green Bangalore In “Green lessons from the past”  (published in Deccan Herald, Dec 02, 2014), S. G. Neginhal reveals how extensively and sensitively the Karnataka Forest Department worked to protect the fast depleting greenery of Bangalore during the 1980s.  The article

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Access The Complete Report Of The High Level Committee Of Ministry Of Environment And Forests And Climate Change To Fundamentally Review Various Environmental Laws Of India

Leaked report yet to be released by the Government of India 1 December 2014 Downloads: Complete Report of the HLC Committee of MoEF&CC to review Environmental Laws, set up by PM of India Presentation by Mr. Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary, Karnataka Dept. of Environment , Ecology and Forests, to the HLC Leaked Report of the TSR Subramanian headed High Level Committee indicates fundamental, and regressive, changes to Environmental, Forest Protection and Forest Rights Laws of

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Challakere Villagers Overcome BARC Lies To Reclaim Amrit Mahal Kavals

Movement to Reclaim Kavals led by Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Haagu Horata Samithi 25 November 2014 Downloads: amkhs-ckere-ullarthi-kaval-entered-barc-.pdf Hundreds of villagers from Doddaullarthi and other villages surrounding the massive expanse of Ullarthi Amrit Mahal Kaval of Challakere Taluk, Chitradurga district, entered the grasslands which were fenced by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre braving the might of the police and district authorities today. About 1,500 acres of these ecologically sensitive grassland ecosystems and commons had been secretively

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BANGALORE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY POSTPONES PUBLIC HEARING FOLLOWING CALL FOR ACTION TO TELL THE AUTHORITY IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL FOR THEM TO PLAN OUR CITY

CALL FOR PUBLIC ACTION 12 November 2014 Downloads: esg-call-action-bda-rmp-2031-hearing-121.pdf UPDATE: BDA has postponed the Public Hearing on the Revised Master Plan – 2013, without citing any reason, whatsoever. It is now important that we propose to the Government of Karnataka, in particular the Urban Development Department, the procedure that has to be followed in preparing a Metropolitan Plan as envisaged in the Constitutional 74th Amendment (Nagarpalika) Act, 1992.   OUR EARLIER CALL FOR ACTION, FOLLOWING

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DRDO, BARC, IISC, ISRO, Sagitaur, Etc. Violate National Green Tribunal Orders To Comply With Environmental And Human Rights Standards

Challakere Communities Launch Campaign to Reclaim Amrit Mahal Kavals 7 November 2014 Downloads: NGT_Final_Order_Challakere_Saldanha_ESG_Petitions_27082014 Amrit Mahal Kaval Hitarakshana Horata Samithi, Challakere, Chitradurga Press Release : 07 November 2014 : Bangalore It is over two months since Hon’ble Justice Shri. M. Chockalingam (Judicial Member) and Hon’ble Prof. Dr. R. Nagendran (Expert Member) constituting the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) delivered their final Order/Judgment in response to Public Interest Petitions filed by Leo F. Saldanha and

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International Call Demanding World Bank Withdraw Its New Environmental And Social Framework

The Policy is an attack on Fundamental Human Rights and efforts to secure Environmental and Social Justice for All 10 October 2014 Downloads: World Bank Envt and Social Safety Framework with Comments International Call to World Bank to Withdraw Safeguards Framework Safeguard People and the Planet Not Corporate Profit and Human Rights Abuses Over the past couple of years, officials of the World Bank have been jetting around the world holding “consultations” as part of a process of evolving a new Enviornmental and Social Framework

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New Book – India’s Risks: Democratizing The Management Of Threats To Environment, Health, And Values

Edited by : Raphaelle Moor & M.V. Rajeev Gowda (original source) Published by – Oxford University Press, India 24 June 2014 We gratefully acknowledge that the Editors of this book have directed all royalties and other proceeds from the sale of this book as a contribution to ESG and its environmental and social justice efforts. Buy the book and help ESG do more! Background to India’s Risks: A prospective superpower, India is still grappling with

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Karnataka Scraps State Environmental Clearance Committee Overlooking Possibility Of Review And Reform

. A framework was developed to rigorously and comprehensive assess and analyse the working of the SECC. This involved reviewing 447 clearances that had been accorded during 2002-2012 to dams, industries, mining projects, infrastructure projects, biotech firms, radiation processing units, etc. and field verification of 10% of these projects across various sectors and district was undertaken to assess extent of compliance with clearance conditions. The quality of the clearance accorded were also thoroughly reviewed for sectoral specificity.

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An Urgent Appeal To Help Verify Claims Of BBMP About Tree Planting In Bangalore City

Requesting Bangaloreans to count trees planted by BBMP since 2007 22 April 2014 Downloads: BBMP submission to Karnataka High Court on trees planted since 2007 ESG Appeal to Count Bangalore Trees   On 21st April 2014, the Counsels of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP: Greater Bangalore City Corporation) placed before the Hon’ble Chief Justice Mr. D. H. Waghela and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna a compilation of tree planting activities in Bangalore. The document claims

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The Future Of Tree Protection In Karnataka

A Talk by Mr. Brijesh Kumar, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, BBMP 15 April 2014 ; Time: 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm ; Venue: Xavier Hall, St. Joseph’s Post Graduate Centre, Langford Road, Bangalore Downloads: ESG_Tree_Act_Talk_Invitation_15042014.pdf  Environment Support Group and Department of Environmental Science, St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore invite you to a talk on The Future of Tree Protection in Karnataka With specific emphasis on tree protection in urban areas by Mr. Brijesh Kumar, IFS

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National Green Tribunal Halts All Construction Activity In Challakere Amrut Mahal Kavals

Extensive construction was ongoing in violation of NGT orders and environmental and forest protection laws 26 February 2014 Downloads: ESG Press Release – English ESG Press release – Kannada ESG Representation to KSPCB for withdraing CFE issued to DRDO, Sagitaur NGT order regarding Challakere dated 14.2.2014 KSPCB Consent for Establishment (CFE) to DRDO dated 3.9.2013 KSPCB Consent for Establishment (CFE) to Sagitaur dated 3.9.2013 Date : 26.2.2014 PRESS RELEASE National Green Tribunal halts all construction

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Dodda Ullarthi Gowrammana Jathre

Invitation from Amrith Mahal Kaval Horata Samithi to participate in a unique celebration of livelihoods and biodiversity 16 November 2013 Downloads:Dodda Ullarti Gowrammana Jatre Invitation EnglishDodda Ullarti Gowrammana Jatre Invitation Kannada (This intimation is disseminated in the wider public interest on ESG Lists.  ESG is not in any manner responsible for the contents of this intimation.  Recipients are requested to consider this intimation as originating from the Amrit Mahal Kaval Horata Samithi and direct all

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Ministry Of Environment And Forests Withdraws Controversial Proposal To Modify Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules

Submission made before the Karnataka High Court 13 November 2013 Downloads: ESG Release: MoEF Withdraws controversial Draft MSW Rules 2013 The Additional Solicitor General Mr. Kalyan Basavaraj representing the Indian Environment and Forest Ministry appeared before the Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court constituted by Justice Mr. N. Kumar and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna today and submitted that the Ministry has withdrawn its proposal to comprehensively amend the existing Municipal Solid Waste Management

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We Offer At Least 5 Reasons Not To Burn Up Your Money This Diwali

Instead help ESG do more to advance environmental and social justice 1 November 2013 Downloads: ESG Diwali Donation Appeal 2013 ESG Brochure Page 1 ESG Brochure Page 2 ESG Educational Initiatives Brochure   5 reasons why your money is better invested supporting ESG     Protecting 38,000 lakes of Karnataka: Lakes and their canals have always been protected as commons and maintained by local communities. In recent decades though they have been neglected, and hundreds

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Ministry Of Environment And Forests Says Challakere Grasslands A “potential Habitat Of Great Indian Bustard”

Ministry files affidavit in National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone) 30 October 2013 Downloads: ESG Release on MoEF Affidavit in NGT on Challakere Case 30 Oct 2013 In obedience with the 27th September 2013 direction of Justice Mr. M. Chockalingam (Judicial Member) and Prof. Dr. R. Nagendran (Expert Member), constituting the Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (South Zone), in Applications 6 and 12 of 2013, the Ministry of Environment and Forests filed a common counter today before

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Karnataka High Court Reins Indian Environment Ministry’s Regressive Reforms On Waste Management

Karnataka High Court directs MoEF, directed to submit Draft MSW Rules 2013 to Karnataka High Court for “scrutiny” before finalisation 29 October 2013 Downloads: ESG Release on Kar High Court restraining MoEF finalising Draft MSW Rules 2013 Kar HC Order directing MoEF to submit Draft Rules 2013 for “scrutiny” before finalisation. In a significant ruling, the Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court constituted by Justice Mr. N. Kumar and Justice Mrs. B. V. Nagarathna

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Bangaloreans Join Hands With The Global Movement Against Monsanto And For Safe Food

Say a loud NO to GMOs and corporatisation of food/farming systems 15 October 2013 Bangalore, October 15th 2013: On the eve of World Food Day, today, Bangalore joined the Global March Against Monsanto and for food safety and seed soverignity. Hundreds of citizens including farmers, consumers, scientists, students, activists and numerous others who gathered in front of the Town Hall here loudly pronounced the rejection of GMOs in our food and farming, and of corporatisation

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Criminal Proceedings Against Monsanto/Mahyco And Others, Back On Track

Karnataka High Court dismisses Petition seeking quashing of criminal prosecution 12 October 2013 Downloads: Release: Criminal proceedings against Monsanto back on track In a significant ruling, Justice Mr. A. S. Pachhapure of the High Court of Karnataka dismissed on 11th October petitions that sought quashing of criminal prosecution of senior representatives of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar (UAS), M/s Mahyco/Monsanto and M/s Sathguru, who have been accused by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and

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Karnataka High Court Orders Status Quo On Ministry Of Environment And Forests’ Proposal To Amend Municipal Solid Waste (Management And Handling) Rules

MoEF to appear before High Court on 24th October to explain why it chose to amend Rules 11 October 2013 Downloads: ESG_Release_Kar_HC_Stay_MoEF_MSW_Rules_2013 ESG Submission to MoEF on Draft MSW Rules 2013 Karnataka HC Order in ESG PIL staying Draft MSW Rules 2013 Memo of MoEF filed in Karnataka High Court defending Draft MSW Rules 2013 A Division Bench of the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka constituted by Justice Mr. N. Kumar and Justice Mrs. B.

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