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73% of the people of these 20 countries believe that the earth is on the brink of catastrophe

Following the IPCC’s latest report ‘Code Red’, the Global Commons Alliance today released a report entitled The Global Commons Survey: Attitude to Planetary Stewardship and Transformation Among G20 Countries.
73 per cent of people in the 20 largest economies in the world believe that the world is on the brink of irreparable damage due to human activities.
The survey also found that most people (58 percent) living in the G20 countries are very, very concerned about the current state of the Global Commons. 83% of people want to do more to regenerate and protect Global Commons. People in developing economies are more willing to work to protect nature and climate than in developed economies. Such as Indonesia (95%), South Africa (94%), China (93%) compared to Japan (61%), Germany (70%) and USA (74%).

Some important things in the context of India

  • 77% of Indian people believe that the earth is close to tipping points.
  • 70% of Indian people today are worried about the state of nature.
  • 90% of people in India are willing to do more to protect nature and climate.
  • 78% believe that the benefits of nature conservation outweigh the costs.
  • 35% say empowerment is the biggest obstacle to action
  • 77% of people in India support a move towards a good economy that prioritizes human welfare and sustainable use of natural resources rather than focusing solely on economic growth.
  • 76% believe that the United Nations should be given more power to protect the common people of the world.
  • 79% of people in India believe that the COVID-19 epidemic is a unique moment to make society more resilient to shocks.

The Global Commons Survey: Owen Geffenyi, lead author of Attitudes to Planetary Stewardship and Transformation Among G20 Countries and Director of Communications at the Global Commons Alliance, said: People are well aware that we are taking huge risks. They want to do more to save the planet, and they want governments to do the same. ”
Elizabeth Vathuti, a Kenyan environmentalist and climate protection activist who led the report, head of the Wangri Mathai Foundation’s campaign and founder of the Green Generation Initiative, said: , Which we are doing. They are concerned about the condition of the earth and want to save it. They want to be servants and protectors of the earth. I think it should wake up all the leaders around the world. “


This survey underscores the significant dissatisfaction expressed towards the dominant economic systems in the G20 countries. In the G20, 74 percent of people support the idea that their country should focus more on human welfare and ecological conservation and its rehabilitation than on the sole purpose of profit and economic development. This idea is becoming increasingly prominent in all G20 countries. It is particularly strong in Indonesia (86%), Turkey (85%) and Russia (84%), but the lowest scoring countries, such as the United States (68%), Great Britain (68%) and Canada ( 69%) this idea is getting stronger.
“The findings of this report should instill in the leaders of the G20 countries the confidence to implement and implement more ambitious policies in order to preserve and reproduce our global common interests,” Geffenyi said.


The survey reveals that people are less aware of the scientific consensus on radical streamlined transformation over the next decade to protect global common interests and meet the climate goals set out under the United Nations Paris Agreement. Know. 59% of people in the G-20 countries said they were aware of the opinion expressed by scientists about the rapid transformation in the energy sector over the next decade. Whereas, only 8% of people think it is about the need for sweeping economic changes in the next decade. These changes include changes in the prices of goods and services and a move towards a circular economy to cover dietary changes and environmental costs. However 28% of people know that scientists are thinking about the need for significant change.

“This is worrisome. We need to run a high profile and profound public information campaign to inform the level and pace of conversions necessary to protect global common interests. This is limited to energy conversions. No. The conversion of everything is being discussed here. While people need to be prepared for demolition, more emphasis needs to be placed on the benefits of everyday life. These benefits include more employment opportunities, Less pollution in cities includes people’s livelihoods, nutritious food, more social trust, political stability and greater well-being for all. “
This survey defines global common interests to include life on Earth, fresh air and climate, oceans, forests, snow cover, fresh water and other processes that make the earth stable and sustainable. Nature and global shared interests have been used interchangeably to maintain simplicity.


“We are amazed at the differences in attitudes between residents of rich economies and emerging economies,” said Gaffney. The devastation is even clearer. The trouble is on their doorstep. Global trade separates people living in countries with rich economies from the effects, but more work is needed on why this is so. . “
The survey also found that 69% of people believe that the benefits of taking steps to protect global commons outweigh the costs to them. Most people in China (82%), Brazil (87%) and Indonesia (85%) agree. France (44%), Japan (53%) and the US 60% have fewer people who agree with this opinion.


71% of people in the G-20 countries agree that compensating for the damage caused by the Kovid-19 epidemic is a unique opportunity to make society more resilient to future shocks. 75% of people believe that the epidemic has shown that people have the potential to change their behavior very quickly. Most people also agree that despite the epidemic, protection of the environment and climate is still a priority. Just 26% of people believe that countries already have enough things to worry about. However, 56% of people in India believe that compensating for the damage caused by the Kovid-19 epidemic means that our nature falls far short of the list of priorities.


Despite widespread concern about the current state of global common interests, only one-third, or 34%, believe that it is important to educate children about the protection of global commons, including the environment in school. People were asked to choose between 12 values ​​that children need to be taught about tolerance and respect for other people, religious faith, freedom, hard work and obedience. The survey of G-20 countries did not even include the protection of global common interests in the top three values. Argentina, France, Germany, India, Italy and Mexico have placed it on the fourth rank.


Diana Liverman, a member of the Earth Commission, a professor at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the School of Geography, Development and Environment, University of Arizona, said: Here are some of the most important results of this survey, including many countries in North America and Europe, as well as the so-called Global South – Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa. Want to do something to protect, but they also point out that they lack the information and face financial hurdles for what they can do. Systems need to change.About one-third of people also acknowledge the need to change our food, value and economic systems, as women and young people look more anxious and action-oriented than men in previous environmental surveys. Had come. ”


Bridget Williams, Research Director, IPSOS Mori, said: “This survey clearly shows that the people of the G20 want to play their part in protecting and restoring global common interests in the future. This is their expectation from both local and global leadership. Many people also feel that media coverage does not give them clear information about what they can do to help personally. It seems that more information about personal actions needs to be given. There are people who can contribute, especially from youth and families with children. Policy makers should use this opportunity to mobilize citizens in their country towards positive action.
They can begin to do so by giving clear information about the contribution that individuals can make to achieving the necessary changes in their country. ”

G20 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia,

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