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Environmental concerns on a world high in India: Report


Press Trust of India London
Environmental concerns and the damage being caused to the planet by humans remains among the highest in the world in India, a survey of global attitudes to the environment conducted by a Netherlands-based polling agency concluded on Thursday.
Glocalites, in its global trend analysis report titled 'Global rise in environmental concern', found that the concern among supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi tends to be even higher and is part of a wider global trend on increasing environmental awareness.
"In India on average 84 per cent of the people interviewed online are worried about the damage that humans cause to the planet. Among Modi fans this is a bit higher: 86 per cent," said Martijn Lampert, research director at Glocalities.
"In India the scores were already high in 2014 (82 per cent), but the rest of the world seems to be catching up with a rise of on average six per cent. It is very interesting to see that environmental concern increasingly is a unifier topic in the world population," he said.
Glocalites conducted four waves of surveys among 1.89 lakh respondents from 20 countries between 2014 and 2019 and found that the great majority of people worldwide are increasingly concerned about the environment.
In 2014, 71 per cent of people globally were worried about the damage that humans cause to the planet.
This figure has risen steadily to 77 per cent in 2019.
Lampert adds, "Our international studies show that citizens worldwide are increasingly worried about the fundamental damage that humans cause to the planet, as a result of reckless exploitation and pollution.
"Scientists have been warning us for a long time, but now the world population at large is waking up to the urgency of the ecological crisis."

The 20 common countries in the four waves since 2014 that are used for the trend analysis include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.
Since 2016, Glocalities surveys have been conducted in Austria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Indonesia, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Vietnam.
But as most of these countries cover only one data point, these countries were not included in the overall trend analyses.
The Glocalities survey includes numerous values indicators, which are defined as socio-cultural phenomena that influence people's behaviour.
Ecological concern represents the most significant and noteworthy global societal change of the last few years.
In 2019, 77 per cent of global respondents agreed to the statement "I worry about the damage humans cause to the planet", compared to 71 per cent in 2014.

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First Published: Aug 29 2019 | 9:25 PM IST

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