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Young Minds, Big Goals

The future belongs to the young, and so do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  These 17 ambitious targets, adopted by the UN in 2015, aim to create a better world by 2030 – a world free from poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.  While achieving these goals requires a global effort, India, with its young and vibrant population, holds immense potential.

India boasts the largest youth population globally. In Sikkim, a younger generation is actively taking the reins in areas like sustainable tourism and organic farming. They are brimming with energy, tech-savvy, and unburdened by the status quo. They see the world through a fresh lens, one acutely aware of the challenges – climate change, inequality, lack of access to quality education – that threaten their future. But this awareness can be a powerful force for positive change.

So, how can Sikkim's young people become active participants in achieving the SDGs?

First, by fostering education and awareness. Young minds brimming with curiosity can become powerful advocates for change.  Schools and colleges should integrate the SDGs into their curriculum, sparking discussions and inspiring action projects.  Imagine student campaigns promoting responsible waste management or clean energy solutions – these are not distant dreams, but the seeds of a sustainable future.

Second, by creating platforms for participation.  Youth must have a seat at the decision-making table.  Local governments, NGOs, and civil society organizations can organize workshops, conferences, and online forums specifically for young voices.  Sikkim's unique approach to participatory democracy, with its focus on youth engagement, can be a model for the nation.

Third, by harnessing the power of technology and innovation.  India's young tech-savvy population is a force to be reckoned with.  Supporting youth-led startups focused on clean technologies, social entrepreneurship, and digital solutions for rural development can create a ripple effect of positive change.

The path to achieving the SDGs is not without challenges.  Limited resources and a lack of infrastructure can be hurdles.  However, young people are resourceful and resilient. The future we envision – a world free from poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation – can only be achieved through a collective effort. When empowered with the right tools and opportunities, our youth can overcome obstacles and turn ideas into action.


Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi