84% of Indians say global warming is happening and cannot be ignored

A large majority – 84% – of Indians seem convinced that global warming is a reality that can no longer be ignored.

This is 15% more than in 2011, when 69% of Indians believed that global warming was now a reality. This was revealed by a national survey conducted by CVoter on behalf of the Yale Program of Climate Change Communication.

The survey was conducted between October 2021 and January 2022 and covered a scientifically designed random sample of 4,619 adult Indians over the age of 18. Obviously, while the effects of climate change seem visible in the communities where they live, global warming is now a significant issue for contemporary Indians. A similar survey on climate change was conducted in late 2011 and responses were compared to get an idea of ​​the level of awareness among Indians.

Yet the survey conducted by CVoter on behalf of Yale also reveals that many Indian respondents needed a brief definition of global warming and how it affects weather patterns before agreeing with the statement. assertion that global warming is indeed occurring.

Awareness levels were not very high without respondents being given a definition and brief description. For example, the survey reveals that 54% of Indians know little about global warming or have never heard of it, while a small minority of 9% say they know a lot about global warming.

Speaking on the subject, Dr Anthony Leiserowitz from Yale University said: “It is important to note, however, that lack of awareness of the issue does not mean that individuals have not observed changes. in local weather and climate conditions, as reflected in Observations, Vulnerabilities and Resilience to Local Weather Events later in this report.”

Dr Jagadish Thaker from the University of Auckland, said: “This suggests that many people in India may have observed changes in their local climate and weather patterns without understanding that these changes are related to the larger issue. wide of global climate change.”

About three out of four people in India have noticed changes in rainfall in their area over the past 10 years. India is geographically diverse and different parts of the country experience different patterns of heat, rainfall and extreme weather conditions. A large majority of people in India say they have observed changes in the local climate and weather patterns in their own region.

Nationally, more than four in ten people in India (46%) say the average amount of rainfall in their region has increased over the past 10 years, while 30% say it has decreased and 22% that it remained stable. pretty much the same. Compared to 2011, a higher percentage of Indians now say the average amount of rainfall in their region has increased over the past 10 years (+12 percentage points), while a lower percentage say it decreased (-16).

Speaking on the issue, Yashwant Deshmukh, Founder and Director of CVoter International, said: “The trends are clear. Over the past decade, Indians have become much more concerned about climate change, support climate policies and want the Indian government to be a global leader on climate change.”

Additionally, 35% of respondents in India said they hear about global warming from media platforms at least once a week. A majority of Indians (57%) believe global warming is the result of human activities, while 31% believe the change is due to natural causes. In terms of Indians personally experiencing the effects of global warming, there was a jump of 24% from 2011, with 74% of respondents agreeing with this statement.



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Teresa H. Sadler