In Australia today, many young people are actively engaged in politics. While adults often describe young people as disengaged, apathetic, or uninformed about politics, these perceptions and labels do not align with the reality. As Judith Bessant has pointed out, ‘[T]here is a long and rich history of political action by children and young people’ (Making-Up People: Youth, truth and politics, Routledge, 2020).
Young people participate in politics and civic life in multifaceted ways, particularly with their use of digital technologies and online platforms. In Australia, they are leading movements on climate action, are engaging with other young people internationally on pushing for change, and are initiating strategic litigation on key matters, including challenging the federal government’s inaction on climate change.