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Discussion: Change Drivers

An interesting session is being organised for Bangaloreans. This is the message from Civic Dialogue.

Invitation: Change Drivers
Ideas that can make Bangalore more livable.
25th August 2010, 5 pm Onwards
Jaaga Creative Common Ground, Off Richmond Road

As part of the kick off party of our Civic Dialogue Initiative we are organizing a symposium to introduce the Competition and showcase some of the partner NGO’s and activists who a working towards making our city a better place to live! They will tell us their inspiring stories as well as highlight idea for shaping a Bengaluru that we all can be proud of.

Registration is Required

Agenda & Presenters:

4:45- 5:00 pm: Registration

5:00 – 5:15 pm: Introduction: Civic Dialogue Program By Ritu Krutika, Head, Civic Engagement , The Urban Vision

5:15 – 5:30 pm: Managing Waste in Bengaluru: Wilma Rodrigues, Head , Saahas

5:30 – 5:45 pm : Conserving Water for our Future: S. Vishwanath,Founder , Rainwater Club

5:45 – 6:00 pm : Public Space for Collaboration : Freeman Murray,Founder , Jaaga

6:00 – 6:15 pm : Social Media for Social Good : Prathima Manohar , Founder , The Urban Vision

6:15 – 6:30 pm : Clean City – Healthy City , Myriam : Founder , Clean Bengaluru

6:30 – 6:45 pm : Cycling for a Green Bengaluru: Prabhakar Rao ,Founder, Go Green Go Cycling

6:45 – 7:00 pm : Driving Youth to save our Ecology : IYCN Bangalore

7:00 – 7:15 pm : Youth for the garden City : Kapil Sharma , Founder, SayTrees.

Location: This Jaaga site is located on Rhenius Street, Off Richmond Road, Opposite the Hockey Association Stadium main gate, Shanthinagar. More details on the location and how to get there.

About Civic Dialogue:
Civic Dialogue is a public dialogue in which participants (students & young professionals) discuss and report civic issues, policies and decisions of consequence to their lives, communities and society. This program is conceived to encourage a vigorous, well-informed discussion on the city stage about the major issues of the city by engaging the citizens in the city. Write to Ritu@theurbanvision for more info.

Entrepreneurship Education Program for Women in Bangalore

Invitation: 10,000 Women 2010

Greetings from NEN!

We’re writing to inform you of an exciting entrepreneurship education program that might be of interest to you or to someone you know.

Launched by Goldman Sachs, the 10,000 Women program is a global initiative to increase the number of under-served women receiving business and management education. The initiative rests on the belief that partnerships between education, development and business experts can help bring about significant change through improved business education for women. The Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, is the academic partner for the 10,000 Women program in India.

Through this programme, Goldman Sachs and the ISB are offering an intensive course to provide world-class education to help women entrepreneurs to think big, and to grow their businesses.
This year, courses will be taught in several cities. Currently, applications are being accepted for Hyderabad and Bangalore. Deadline for application for Bangalore is 23rd August and for Hyderabad is 24th August. Courses start in October, and scholarships are available.

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Times Cycle to Work on June 5

Cycle to work is a simple solution to a host of complex problems we face today. This simple mode of transport not only benefits your health but most importantly the environment. Employee commute is a huge contributing factor to a company’s carbon footprint. We are the only ones who can fix this, you and me, the work force of this city. So get those tires pumped, get your cycling shorts out of the closet.
Stop trying to make the difference, its time to live the difference.

The Times Of India and The Vaishnavi group presents Times Cycle to Work this World Environment Day 5th June 2010

When : June 5th, World Environment Day
Where : Vaishnavi Orchids, Sarjapur Road

Times Cycle to Work is an initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, its a platform to get into the the most celebrated commute culture of the city. Its an opportunity to see and get in touch with many Bangaloreans who have already taken up cycling as a mode of commute to work. Its an event where you get to participate/witness a professional cycling race of 60Kms. Its an event where you and your family can come and cycle together, where your kids can play various games which are going to be organized at the venue.

CATEGORIES

TIMES GREEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Road Race for the professional riders over a course of 20kms. 3 laps (60Kms) Men & 2 laps (40Km) for Women

TIMES RIDE FOR PRIDE
A 10Km Ride for all adults

TIMES JOY RIDE
5Km Joy Ride for Kids of ages 5yrs to 15yrs

TIMES TODDLERS RIDE
Tricycle Ride for Kids of ages below 5yrs

More details here.

Panel Discussion and Film Screenings on the theme of “Water”

March 22nd World Water Day

New bill to penalize those wasting drinking water-Deccan Herald, Bangalore March9

Privatisation no solution to tackle water shortage in city- Deccan Herald March 9

Water Crisis to worsen in city- Deccan Herald March 12

City is the second highest water waster in country at 50.9% New Delhi tops the list at 52.4%- Deccan Herald March 13

While all these questions remain unanswered and new ones added, the city gets thirstier under the scorching summer sun and the water vendors make a fast buck( in some instances as much as Rs 1000) for a tank load of water.

A consortium of concerned organisations and institutions working on water and environment issues invite you to a panel discussion and film screenings on the use and abuse of water:

March 22nd & 23rd March, 2010 at Ashirvad, 30 St. Mark’s Road Cross, Opp. State Bank of India at 5.45pm.

Programme details

5.45 pm: Tea

6 Water Songs by Bhoomi Thayi Balaga,followed by Panel discussion: on the use and abuse of water

Panelists:

1. Prof. Stewart Ayash will speak on the Global Use and Abuse of Water. He is a scholar on international health issues, health communication and consumer health issues.

2. Viswanath Srikantaiah will speak on Water through the Ages in India. Vishwanath is a well known water activist from Bangalore who is deeply committed to water conservation and rain water harvesting. He is the founder of Rainwater Club Bangalore.

6.45 pm: Film Screening:˜Water and a City” directed by Swati Dandekar, followed by discussions.

Professor Patricia Zimmerman will lead the discussion on the Film. Prof. Patricia Zimmerman from Ithaca College USA is a scholar on cinema, photography and media arts and the co-director of Finger lake environmental film festival.

7.30 pm: Film screening ˜Living on the Edge” directed by Raseena Sherif and Anu Priya, students of Jyothi Nivas College, followed by discussions.

Mr. Leo Saldana, of Environment Support Group and environmental justice campaigner will lead the discussion.

Tuesday 23rd

6.30 pm: 6.00 pm: Film screening a) ˜Publos unibos: swineflu ground zero in mexico”- directed by Felipe Casanova and Miguel Angel Tiaz & b) ˜From big easy to big empty”- directed by Greg Palaston

Discussions with Prof. Patricia and Prof. Stewart

For Synopsis of the film,click

here

Contact: 25493705/9886213516

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Organised by Bangalore Film Society, Bhoomi Network, Green Path, Voices from the Waters, Environment Support Group (Environmental, Social Justice and Governance Initiatives). Suchitra Film Society, Rainwater Club and Samvada

Bengaluru Jana Vedike Manifesto

To see the manifesto created by many citizen volunteers,

click here

and keep this for ready reference.

It’s you and I who are concerned citizens of Bangalore, and together, we can make a difference!

Screening of “Neerundu Nilamundu”

‘NEERUNDU NILAMUNDU’, a film by Bala Kailasam, is being screened:

Day: Saturday

Date: 10th October 2009,

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: ASHIRWAD, OPP. STATE BANK OF MYSORE, ST. MARK’S ROAD,

BANGALORE -560001; Phone: 080-22210154

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Community Protest against building a road through GKVK

‘Save GKVK’ Campaign – Community Protest

Date: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Sunday, October 11, 2009

Venue: GKVK Main Gate on Bellary Road

Program: Protest against proposed 80 feet link road through GKVK campus

Issue
Proposed construction of a major 80 feet link road through GKVK campus entailing cutting of 3000 trees and destruction of several research plots

Current Status

GKVK has transferred the land to BBMP. BBMP has felled hundreds of trees and has initiated civil works. Court has issued stay order on further felling of trees. Forest department has filed a FIR and is investigating the issue. However, BBMP is still planning to carry on with road work. We have now lost hundreds of trees, but the land still remains. We can atleast regrow the trees and we can prevent a road from running through a green patch and destroying it. If we lose the land, we lose the battle fully and we’ll have a road running through an urban green patch, impacting the rest of the green patch negatively!

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World-wide Web Conference by WWF

Around the world, every day, millions of people take actions – big and small – that contribute to making their community and their world a more sustainable place to live.

But what difference do those those 24 little hours actually make?

In fact, what difference can we all make if we sum up the 24 hours of everyone around the globe who is out there doing something positive for the planet?

On September 23rd WWF invites YOU to help answer these questions. We will share these ideas in a global discussion using the free micro-blogging service Twitter.

We want to know about the environmental issues that you care about and the action that you are taking to address them.

Do you take shorter showers? Recycle? Bike to work? Volunteer for a local environmental group? Tell us about it!

For 24 hours, starting at 9am in Auckland, New Zealand, WWF staff will join the discussion and share their stories about what a difference their day makes. More then 60 individual WWF staff members representing over 35 countries will be participating in the event.

This is your opportunity to be in touch with the people working on the ground; our specialists working with species, climate change, public policy and much more.

People like Kimunya Mugo, from Kenya, tweeting on his work in Eastern Africa. Or polar bear expert, Geoff York, talking about his expeditions to the Arctic. All the way to New York, where Jim Leape, CEO of WWF International, will be unveiling the latest about climate change negotiations at the United Nations.
Join the conversation on Sept. 23rd: post an update on Twitter with #wwf24!

ESG Workshop on Lakes

Environment Support Group ®

in collaboration with

Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology

invites you to a workshop on

Urban Lakes as Ecological, Cultural and Public Spaces

A Workshop for Decision makers, Media, NGOs, Teachers, Students and the Public

Date: Saturday 26th September 2009

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Venue: Marigowda Hall, Lalbagh, Near Double Road Entrance, Bangalore

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How to stop indiscriminate cutting of trees in Bangalore

Simple steps to do if you see a tree being cut –
(Pls also read the full preservation of trees act for complete details , I’ve attached it with this email and am also pasting the link below –
http://hasiruusiru.org/joomla/images/stories/pdf/LawsAndPolicies/karnatakapreservationoftreesact.pdf)

Steps
Approach the contractor/workers cutting the tree. Ask them if they have the approval of tree officer, BBMP for cutting the tree.

If they dont have the order
Ask them to stop. Tell the that they are not authorised to cut trees and that they can be arrested for cutting trees without required permission. Please call the relevant tree officer.( Details in latter half of mail.)
Tell them the details – what’s happening and where. Ask her/him to come immediately and get the work stopped. If tree officer does not answer her/his phone, call their office number. If you dont get through to that, call the cops from the police station under whose jurisdiction the said road is located. Alert local residents and try and gather support (this could be counter-productive sometimes, they may want the tree to be cut) . And yes, pls take pics of the trees being cut.

If they have the order
Please have a look at the order and see what it says.
Does it have a BBMP seal? Does the order explicitly state that the full tree needs to be cut? Is it signed by the tree officer? Note – some times the tree officers permit the branches to be cut, but people use that to cut the whole tree. If permission is granted only for cutting branches, only branches can be cut, not the trunk. In case they have what appears to be a order, but the order looks fishy/incomplete, call the tree officer on cellphone/landline and inquire if permission has been granted.

In case they do have the order to cut trees and it looks like they have been granted permission, just double-check with the tree officer anyway. Call the tree officer on cell-phone/landline and speak to her/him confirming if an order has been passed to cut the trees in that location.

If they have the order and it looks like its genuine and the order allows felling of trees
If at the end you realise that the tree officer has granted permission to cut the trees, there is not much you can do at that moment to stop it. Ask the tree officer if trees are being replanted in the same area, to compensate for the trees being cut. If trees are not being replanted in the same area, thats a violation of the act.

Later, you can also file an appeal with the tree authority, BBMP against the
tree officer’s order.

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