Do you know that Millennials make up the largest portion of the world population? In Indonesia, 63.4 million of its populations are millennials and if it’s compared by country populations data, the amount of Indonesian millennials are enough to rule the whole Italy. With the domination of millennials in the world, can they change the world into a better place?
Fortunately, the domination of millennials might bring a hopeful future for the world, especially in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as they are highly conscious about the world’s top issues like climate change and income inequality. To recall, back in 2015, the United Nations General Assembly set a collection of 17 global goals, called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the foundation of indicators to achieve a better world by 2030 by ending poverty, fighting inequality, and protecting the planet. In short, SDGs is the international agenda on sustainability.
Millennials around the world, including in Indonesia, have different traits than other generational cohorts as they have unique trends, tastes, and preferences that support creating sustainability and making SDGs goals more attainable. While millennials in the world are seen as a committed generation who will implement the SDGs, what about millennials in Indonesia? Little do we know, Indonesia has millennials who are potentially enhancing the implementation of SDGs. Here are 5 characteristics of Indonesian millennials that support the SDGs;
1. They are highly technology-based. Indonesian millennials will absolutely support the government which vowed to improve the digital technology in Indonesia as 79% of millennials checked their smartphones within one minute each time they woke up in the morning. They even searched for the latest news through digital media as 70.4% of them preferred digital media for its easy access, ability to multitask, and speed of delivering the latest news.
2. They are innovative towards entrepreneurship. Still in supporting Indonesia to achieve Goal 8 of SDGs, millennials in Indonesia are bringing hope in terms of substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training as 55.4% of them were aspired to be entrepreneurs. Survey results showed that 69.1% of Indonesian millennials were interested to start their own business.