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Australia | Deep Dive: 1. Who We Are
43% feel powerless to change policies they disagree with.
Getting to know how young Aussies really feel...
7 out of 10 participants believe that they are the generation that has to take responsibility for forcing change when it comes to environmental impact, and although young people like them are ignored by policy makers, there is power in numbers.
When it comes to being passionate about their beliefs, 3 out of 4 think it is important to stand up for what they believe in even if that opinion is unpopular or inconvenient, with women and those identifying as ‘other’ feeling much more strongly about this than men do.
They are an outward looking group and although 1 in 3 feel passionate about exploring the world, a quarter look closer to home, feeling strongly about contributing positively to society or their community. It is clear that they are not selfish in their goals — another thing they are constantly accused of.
They live in unstable times; university does not mean a job, marriage does not mean happily ever after. Young people seem to know what they need to aim for when it comes to a long and happy life but a quarter still worry about their mental health and the same about their physical health.