Ms. Ankita, alumna of Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (MA. Public Policy 2018), has contributed as a research analyst in the publication of ‘An Eco-Wakening: Measuring global engagement, awareness and action for nature’, an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) (research arm of The Economist Group and publisher of The Economist) report commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The report shows that hundreds of millions of people all over the world are concerned that 1 million species, out of an estimated total of 8 million, face extinction—many within decades, putting the future of the planet at great risk. The most dramatic growth in engagement and awareness among people has occurred in Asia, most notably India (190%), Pakistan (88%) and Indonesia (53%). This shift in public sentiment reflects a hard reality, as people in emerging markets are most likely to experience the devastating impact of the loss of nature. Public demand for action is rapidly growing through protests, petitions and campaign donations.
Between 2016 and 2018, global news media coverage of nature-based protests grew by a steady 7%. Between 2018 and 2019, however, coverage jumped by a whopping 103%, driven by protest movements such as Extinction Rebellion. The call for bold, decisive action by governments and businesses on behalf of the planet and future generations is getting louder and louder.