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Anthony Leiserowitz et al., Anthony Leiserowitz, Jagadish Thaker, Jennifer Carman, Liz Neyens, Seth Rosenthal, Yashwant Deshmukh, Guara Shukla, Jennifer Marlon, Arunima Sircar and Stella Sekoff


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Scientific Papers or Reports, 38 pages
  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus




Climate Change in the Indian Mind, 2022

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  • 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. 

Teaching Tips


  • 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.

Additional Prerequisites

  • 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. 
Scientist Notes
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.
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