From recycling to public transport: investigating what urban Indians would like to do to slow the pace of climate change

Recycling materials such as glass, paper and plastic tops the list of personal actions that urban Indians would like to take to contribute to the environment and the health of the Earth, and reduce the rate of climate change. According to Ipsos survey on World Earth Day 2022 released on the occasion of World Earth Day 2022 on April 22, two out of three urban Indians plan to avoid excessively packaged products.

The survey included interviews with a representative sample of 23,577 adults aged 16-74 in 30 different countries around the world and 16-99 in Norway. The interviews were conducted using Ipsos’ online panel system between February 18 and March 4, 2022. According to the survey results, while 67% each pledged to avoid products containing many products and to recycle materials such as glass, paper and plastic, walking, cycling or using public transport driving a car or mobike found favor with 65% of Indians. The survey also found that 65 percent would avoid buying new goods, repairing and buy used products instead, 64% would prefer to save water at home by taking shorter showers and avoiding watering the garden and yard.

“Consumers are actually consciously making informed choices about brands that use sustainable packaging. Moreover, single-use plastics are more or less discarded and recycling is the new mantra of the responsible Indian urban citizen,” said Amit Adarkar, CEO of Ipsos India, in a press release.

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The representative sample survey also included interviews with people from countries like Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Mainland China, Chile, Colombia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary , Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United States of America.

The survey noted that global citizens are “overcommitted to avoiding overly packaged products (58%), avoid buying new products (54%) and conserve water by taking shorter showers (52%) “.

Additionally, the survey mentioned that urban Indians said that over the next year they plan to adopt these significant changes in their lifestyle – first, recycling; second, fuel-efficient driving practices (use the right gear and drive slowly) and third, more energy-efficient cooling equipment using cleaner fuel or renewable energy.

However, opinions were divided for urban indians on how much the Earth warned. While 17% estimated that since 1850 it had warmed by three to four degrees Celsius, 17% said 1 to 1.75 Celsius, while 12% estimated 2 to 2.75 Celsius.

Particularly, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or the IPCC report published in August 2021, said that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are responsible for about 1.1°C of warming since 1850-1900, and finds that on average over the In the next 20 years, the global temperature is expected to reach or exceed 1.5°C warming.

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