Climate Asia Shows the Impact of Climate Change in Daily Life – Part 2
In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a study that showed Asia to be the continent most affected by global warming. The report warned that during the first half of the 21st century, low-lying Asian countries (and specifically the ones with long coastlines) would face severe floods and land loss.
The concerns were recently confirmed by another investigation, available on the BBC website on Climate Asia. Its goal was to better understand how people would deal with climate change, and it asks questions about how national governments, media organizations and enterprises will interpret and adapt to the problem.
The Impact of Climate Change in India and Indonesia
The Climate Asia initiative was started in 2012. In the course of it, a total of 33,500 people were interviewed in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam, including farmers, fishermen, inhabitants of urban slums and migrants to urban settings.
Following are the results for India and Indonesia.
Climate Change in India
In India, people reported that water shortage was their biggest concern, in the face of higher temperatures, reduced rainfall and growing unpredictability in the weather. They also expressed concern about potential crop failures.
In addition, people felt that the government could do little to help the situation, and that also as individuals, they could not make much of a difference to combat climate change. Therefore, overall they felt demotivated to act on the issue.
To fight the problem and to increase their willingness to respond, it is important to engage Indians through several communication channels and talk about climate change as it relates to immediate personal and social impacts. The television is a good medium through which to do so, and partnerships between television producers, the government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) could help build trust in initiatives to address the issue of climate change.
Climate Change in Indonesia
The survey showed that in recent years, life had improved rapidly for most Indonesians. However, this was often at the cost of the environment, and people felt that the weather was now hotter and was less predictable. Also, 81% of the people polled were aware of climate change, linking it to health concerns in urban areas. In rural areas it was blamed for declines in crop productivity.
People polled in the largest cities were primarily concerned about extreme weather events, but they were preparing less for such events than people in any other country surveyed. And although they were willing, people felt that they needed more information from the government to be able to take complex decisions to tackle climate change.
To read more about the Climate Asia survey, click here.