“Historically, people in India have always been concerned about the environment,” said Shyam Saran, the PM's Envoy on Climate Change. “Our stand at the global negotiations is of leadership and equity, a view shared by most in India.”
The survey — conducted in May-June by US-based global consultancy group PEW Research Center — covered mostly urban centres across the world.
“Perception about global climate has increased in many countries since 2008, including in India and the Middle East,” it says.
In the three fastest growing economies — India, China and Brazil — over 80 per cent of people want priority for environment over economic growth.
The majority in 15 countries feels global warming is a “very serious” problem and in 23 countries they agree that the environment should be protected, even at the cost of slower economic growth and job losses.