This full report and executive summary details the results of a survey to determine how Indian people think and feel about a variety of issues and topics related to climate change.
Students can read generalized responses, see the data presented in graphs, and interpret the findings of the study.
This paper offers interesting insights into how the Indian population thinks about our changing climate.
Students will be able to read and interpret data regarding a survey that covers many facets of climate change opinion.
Students should be able to read many types of graphs and charts.
Students should have some prior knowledge of how surveys are conducted.
The paper is lengthy but it can be downloaded for use offline or accessed using the interactive table of contents.
Cross-curricular connections can be made in math classes discussing data analysis or in geography classes investigating how different cultures or groups of people think differently.
Language arts classes could use this paper when working on informational and technical reading strategies.
As an extension, have students conduct a corresponding survey of their own. Using the questions provided, students can ask a set number of family members or friends and report their findings back to the class. You can even create a class report of your findings using a graphics tool.
This website provides a PDF link to the summary and full report, "Climate Change in the Indian Mind," based on findings from a survey asking Indians about their beliefs and attitudes about global warming. The report provides the survey questions along with raw data, displayed as graphs and charts. This is a well sourced resource and would be a great addition to an advanced classroom discussing the changing attitudes towards global warming and what the perceptions of global warming are outside of the United States.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.8 Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.