Perspective: Climate Change & Public Perception

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Climate Change & Public Perception. The year 2021 marks a crucial juncture for charting the future of climate action. And for this all eyes are set on two events in particular – the G20 Summit in October end followed by the 26th UN Climate Change Conference or COP26 in November. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to Rome and Glasgow from 29 October to 2 November to attend both these important summits. The Group of 20 made up of 19 countries and the European Union, account for over 80% of global GDP, 60% of the world’s population, and more than 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions.In the run-up to the G20 Summit and COP26 the UNDP and the University of Oxford have publishing the G20 Peoples’ Climate Vote. According to this report, on average 70 per cent of young people in G20 countries believe that we are in a global climate emergency. Adults are also not far behind, with 65 percent overall believing the same. The G20 Peoples’ Climate Vote polled over 689,000 people across 18 of the G20 countries from October 2020 until June 2021 focussed on various aspects of the issue of climate change including Climate Finance Policy, Cutting emissions and climate adaptation policy. In today’s show we will discuss the significance of public perception on the issue of climate change and how will it impact the decision making process on actions which need to be taken to tackle this challenge.

1. Urmi Goswami, Assistant Editor, The Economic Times
2. Prof. C. K. Varshney, Environmentalist & Former Dean, School of Environmental Sciences, JNU
3. Suruchi Bhadwal, Director, Earth Science and Climate Change, TERI

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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