Pollution dominates India’s climate concerns, global study finds

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In India, people are increasingly worried about the damage people are doing to the planet, and environmental concerns tend to revolve around concerns about pollution, according to new global climate research.

Glocalites, a leading research agency, and the international rights organization Global Citizen on Tuesday released the results of one of the world’s largest studies on values-based trends in climate action, before the United Nations climate summit COP26 next week.

Spanning 20 countries and conducted over a six-year period, the large-scale research based on 247,722 interviews measured people’s values ​​around their environmental concerns and climate change and found that 78 percent of the world’s population are united in their concerns about the environment. .

“In India, people are increasingly worried about the damage people are causing to the planet. This figure has increased from 82% in 2014 to 87% in 2021,” the study notes.

“Global environmental concerns have continued to increase despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In China and India, environmental concerns are presented more as concerns about pollution than climate change,” he reveals.

The publication of the study was scheduled ahead of the G20 summit in Rome and the COP26 summit in Glasgow, hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders.

“The world’s population has realized the urgency of the ecological crisis. Concerns about man-made damage to planet Earth are uniting more and more people from all walks of life,” said Martijn Lampert, research director and co-founder of Glocalities.

“The time has come for courageous, evidence-based, visionary leadership to build a grand coalition to safeguard the vitality of our planet and future generations. People in all countries want to contribute and are well ahead of many political leaders in recognizing the urgency of the task at hand, ”he said.

The research notes that several G20 countries have yet to make new climate finance commitments – including Italy, host of the G20, where concerns about damage to the planet have risen from 83% to 90 % between 2014 and 2021.

The surveys took place in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom United and United States.

They revealed that concerns about man-made damage to the planet are now seen as a global trend across all age groups, gender, education levels and socio-cultural background, with climate change being the most global environmental concern. most important of our time, followed by air and water pollution.

Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Head of Policy, Impact and Government Affairs at Global Citizen, added: “Four in five people in the world are worried about the damage to the planet. Ahead of COP26, the G20 nations – responsible for 80% of all emissions – must address these widespread concerns by adopting clear measures to cut emissions in half by 2030.

“And developed countries – including Italy, Spain and Australia – must present new financial commitments in the coming days to provide the $ 10 billion to $ 15 billion still needed to deliver on the annual climate pledge of $ 100 billion. dollars made to developing countries. ” PTI AK SCY SCY

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