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How much is Korea invested in environmental issues?

AskCategory: Living in KoreaHow much is Korea invested in environmental issues?
ZB asked 8 months ago
What is people’s perception of the problem and their personal responsibilities? 
To what extent are renewable energy, waste separation or recycling present?
Does anyone in their daily lives think about energy savings, energy efficiency and reducing consumption?
Is there
a difference between government strategy about environment and citizens' opinions?
Czennie Yutazen
replied 8 months ago

I was about to ask this question! I recently learned in class that Korea has the world’s largest tidal power installation; random fun fact.
If I could add on to your question, what is the stance of the Korean public towards environmental issues/activism? Do they all like to trash on Greta Thunberg like Danny, or are they actively engaging in the environmental movement?

Sandra Wheeler
replied 8 months ago

Thanks for this interesting fact. I am extremely interested in specific measures taken, especially on the coastline and in Jeju Island.

Sandra Wheeler
replied 8 months ago

Thanks for this interesting fact. I am extremely interested in specific measures taken, especially on the coastline and in Jeju Island.

1 Answers
Anna Lee Staff answered 8 months ago
Korea is probably one of the countries in the world that puts in the most effort towards recycling! I used to live in the UK, and the difference in the attitude in throwing waste away correctly is so clear to me. I hear that many foreigners get shocked when they come to Korea and there are so many different waste bins that you have to use for recycling. And it’s not a choice- you can get heavily fined if you dispose of your waste incorrectly. This blog post goes into more depth.
Danny definitely does not represent the general Korean public…😅 Koreans are generally good at following the rules and especially in recent years. there has been more of an effort to be eco-friendly; reusable cups, paper straws etc. I would say that Korea does play their part in reducing energy consumption, but we’re such a small drop in the ocean compared to the big countries who make less effort, that I wonder if it makes much a difference at all…🤔
ZB
replied 8 months ago

Thank you for the answer! It seems like you have great recycling system and I think everywhere should be that way because it’s really easy and doesn’t involve big change from usual behavior. But, environmental issues are requesting much more then just recycling or involvement of RES, like increasing energy saving, energy efficiency and reducing consumption. And with your answer “but we’re such a small drop in the ocean compared to the big countries who make less effort, that I wonder if it makes much a difference at all” you indirectly answered my question about personal responsibilities/awareness in your daily lives. I don’t know who should make change if not Korea, who has top 10 GDP in the world, top 15 GDP/PPP in the world, top 20 ecological footprint per capita and is in top 15 largest consumer markets of the world. You’re really not small drop in the ocean and how can we expect others to do so if we’re not doing it ourselves. Thanks again for answer Anna! 😊

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