Nearly half of Gen Zers are willing to accept slower economic growth if policymakers invest in a long-term strategy that promotes sustainable growth, according to Dell Technologies.
The company’s research shows that almost two-thirds of adults aged 18 to 26 think technology will play a big role in tackling climate change.
A total of 15,100 Gen Z adults in 15 countries were interviewed for the survey, which was conducted by a market research company Savanta ComRes.
Gen Z generally refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Respondents ranked sustainable energy (42%), building a circular economy (39%) and more sustainable public transport (29%) as the top three areas of investment the government needs to give priority to. priority.
A quarter of respondents also expressed support for more sustainability education for citizens.
Aongus HegartyPresident of International Markets at Dell Technologies, said: “Gen Z will arguably be the most impacted by public and private investment decisions made today and will facilitate and sustain a long-term sustainable recovery.
“There is an opportunity to win Gen Z support for longer-term strategies that put sustainability at the heart of economic growth strategies.”
More than half believe strong legislation and more investment in cybersecurity are needed to protect national infrastructure and ensure private companies meet high standards.
To achieve this and to improve trust in governments, 38% of respondents want the private and public sectors to work together and hold each other accountable.
“It’s clear that Gen Z sees technology as essential to their future prosperity. It is now up to us – leading technology providers, governments and the public sector – to work together and put them in place to succeed by improving the quality and access to digital learning,” Hegarty added.
In response to their views on where governments should prioritize investments to help bridge the experience of the digital divide across different locations, demographics, and socioeconomic groups, Gen Z sees access to devices and connectivity for disadvantaged groups (33%) and connectivity in rural areas (24%) as the most important areas of intervention.
More than half of Gen Z have low or neutral confidence in the compliant storage of their personal data by healthcare providers, and more than half consider flexible and remote working as an important consideration when choosing an employer.
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