The quality of air has gone down in eight cities, including Delhi and Mumbai among others, according to a survey conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute TERI.
More than 80% participants feel that average temperatures have risen while 63% say rainfall levels have decreased gradually.
The survey was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Indore, Jamshedpur, Kanpur and Pune to ‘gauge the perception, awareness, opinion and behaviour of people towards environment.’
The survey focused on the environment, water and waste-related issues.
“Overall, the majority felt that air quality had worsened and the number of bird species in their cities declined. However, most people felt that the availability and quality of drinking water, as well as waste management facilities in their cities had improved,” the survey said.
“A vast majority of respondents 90% felt that climate change was a reality,” it added.
In Delhi, more than 90% people stated that climate changes are occurring and 95% felt that temperature is rising. Over 50% favoured prioritising environment over development.