- The issue of global climate change and its impact on daily life has become a pivotal and crucial agenda in various rich and developed democracies, especially for Gen-Z and millennial voters. There are at least two recent global political phenomena related to the climate change agenda that have emerged and become decisive in the electoral political landscape in the United States and Germany. Budgets related to the climate agenda are held hostage in an attempt to pass President Biden’s budget negotiation in the US Congress. And in Germany, the Green Party also recently made history by securing the highest vote of 15% in their party’s history and becoming one of the major partner in the governing coalition in Germany.
- How about in Indonesia? Ahead of the upcoming 2024 General Election, it is important to know the opportunity to align the cross-party national political agenda with narratives related to the climate agenda. Despite the constant push for climate action from civil society and environmental movements – especially since the Bali COP in 2007 – climate change has not yet become one of the main agendas in the discourse on political platforms for parties and candidates in Indonesia. In fact, the last seven years seem to have brought Indonesia on a path away from the climate and environmental protection agenda issues due to Jokowi administration’s main economic agenda which is focused on efforts to attract foreign investment and economic growth, apart from the Covid-19 pandemic.
- It is time to consider and take into account the support from strategic voter blocs (Gen-Z and millennial generation) to further push the discourse on climate change as a strategic political agenda into Indonesia’s political landscape. The data from the 2020 census, Generation Z who were born in the year of 1997-2012 reached 75.49 million people, equivalent to 27.94% of the total population. The millennial generation born in the period 1981-1996 reached 69.90 million people or 25.87%. Therefore, It is important for us to understand the level of knowledge, understanding, interest, and their current sentiment on the issue of climate change or crisis.
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