THE ASIA INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES (AUGUST, 2016-MARCH 2019)

 

The Asia Institute

Activities

August, 2016-March 2019

Seminar

“Coal and Micro-particle Pollution in Korea and Northeast Asia”

Saturday, August 20th 2016 (5-7 PM)

Seminar for the public cosponsored by Korean Federation of Environmental Movements

 

Seminar

 

“Asia Institute Chinese Language Seminar: Urban Environment in Korea & China”

Saturday, July 6th 2016 (6-8 PM)

 

Cohosted by Kyung Hee Cyber University studies

Confucius Academy of Kyung Hee University Presentation by Professor Jeong Jeonhwi정전휘(郑殿辉).

 

Seminar

“Visions For East Asia’s Future”

Saturday, July 24th, 2016 (3:00-4:30 PM)

Speakers:

 

Benjamin Butler Director of Emerging Future Institute

Philip Franses Senior Lecturer Holistic Science at Schumacher College

Emanuel Pastreich Director of the Asia Institute

David Mason      Professor at Jungang University

 

Asia Institute Seminar

“ Public Diplomacy(공공외교)”

August 12th 2016 (6:30)

Discussion with active Korean diplomats and young Koreans interested in international relations about the changing nature of diplomacy in today’s world.

 

Seminar

“The Nuclear Power Question in Korea and Northeast Asia”

Saturday, October 15th 2016

Cosponsored by the Korean Federation of Environmental Movements

A discussion of the history of nuclear power in South Korea and the political and economic forces behind its development.

 

Seminar

“The Spread of Deserts in Northeast Asia”

Saturday, November 19th 2016

Cosponsored by the Korean Federation of Environmental Movements

 

An open discussion led by experts from KFEM about the spread of deserts and its implications for the Korean Peninsula.

 

Seminar

“Recycling in Korea and Northeast Asia”

December 1, 2016

Cosponsored by the Korean Federation of Environmental Movements

 

Discussion of the misunderstandings about recycling in Korea and its neighbors and the powers behind the failure to address the recycling crisis.

Seminar

“The Future of North Korea and Its Implications For Northeast Asia”

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 (5:30-7:00)

Speakers: Wang Son-Taek (Reporter at YTN)

A discussion of the growing influence of North Korea and its impact on the region as a whole.

 

 

Seminar

“Korean and International Perspectives on Journalism in Seoul”

September 29th, 2016 (5:30-7:00)

Speakers:

 

Wang Son-Taek Reporter YTN

Don Kirk Reporter The Daily Beast

Steven Borowiec Reporter Christian Science Monitor

 

 

Seminar

“History, Memory, and the Promise of Peace in Northeast Asia”

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 (5:30-7:00)

Hope May Professor of Law Central Michigan University

 

Seminar

“Is a Soft Landing Possible As the Global Overreach of the United States Collapses?”

November 15th 2016

Open on-line seminar with participants from the United States, Japan, China and South Korea.

 

Seminar

“What Do Young People in Korea Want?”

Wednesday, December 21st 2016 (6-7:30 PM)

Speakers:

 

Lee Jin-woo Undergraduate student of Kyung Hee University

Yaerin Ku Undergraduate student of Kyung Hee University

Michael Lammbrau Korea Representative of the Arirang Institute

Emanuel Pastreich Director of the Asia Institute

 

 

 

Future Forest-Asia Institute Memorandum of Understanding

January 14th, 2017

Signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Asia Institute and Future Forest concerning collaboration on the response to climate change. Former ambassador to China Kwon Byung-hyun, the president of Future Forest, signed a MOU with the Asia Institute the spelled out concrete cooperation in the effort to stop the spread of deserts in Northern China through close collaboration. Future Forest brings youth in Korea and in China together to cooperate in the planting of trees in regions of China subject to desertification.

 

 

Seminar

“Apocalypse Yesterday: The Climate Crisis as the Ultimate Boon For Innovation”

 

Monday, February 27th, 2017

 

Speakers:

Daniel Garrett Senior researcher, The Asia Institute (former US diplomat)

Emanuel Pastreich director, the Asia Institute

 

Seminar

“The Arteries Beneath the Skin: American and Russian Pivots to Asia and Liquid and Natural Gas (LNG) Geopolitics”

Thursday, April 13th (5:30-6:45)

Keun-wook Paik

Senior Research Fellow

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

 

Mason Richey Professor of International Relations

Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

 

An discussion of the deeper economic relations between the United States and Russia related to energy, and their implications for Korea and the international community as a whole.

 

 

Senior Associate Jin Kai publishes book (Rising China in a Changing World: Power Transitions and Global Leadership)             Date: March 8th, 2017

 

Asia Institute’s senior associate Jin Kai published a new book “Rising China in a Changing World: Power Transitions and Global Leadership” (Palgrave McMillan) in which he presents the influence of China globally in detail.

 

Seminar

“Cooperation in the Future of East Asian Security: How the United States Can Work Together With Korea, Japan, and China”

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 (5-6 PM)

Speakers:

Raekyung Lee President, The Tomorrow

Emanuel Pastreich Director, The Asia Institute

Lee Jong-heon Director General, Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (China, Japan & Korea)

 

 

Seminar

Asia Institute Seminar in Japan: “Anti-Intellectualism and the Undermining of Science in Contemporary Society”

March 18th, 2017

Speakers:

Inobe Kota Researcher, The Asia Institute of Japan

Nakafuji Hirohiko Acting director, The Asia Institute of Japan

 

 

Senior Associate John Feffer publishes book “Splinterlands”

March 25th, 2017

 

Asia Institute’s senior associate John Feffer published Splinterlands, a fictional work which predicts the future of human civilization in a period of cultural fragmentation, rapid technological change and the onset of climate change.

Seminar

“Hell Chosun and the 5.9 Election”

April 17th (6:30-8:00)

Speakers:

Emanuel Pastreich Director, The Asia Institute

Jeong Sang-kyu Undergraduate, Kyung Hee University

Park Kyung-hong Undergraduate, Kyung Hee University

 

A seminar exploring the perception of politics and society of young people in the age of “Hell Chosun” (the narrowing of potential in a radically competitive Korean society).

 

 

Seminar

“The Road to a Shrinking Society: How To Make Ourselves Truly Renewable”

Monday, May 15th, 2017 (6:00-7:30)

Speaker:

Matsuhisa Hiroshi Professor emeritus, Kyoto University

 

Matsuhisa Hiroshi discussed the imperative for a low-consumption society in this age of radical climate change and presented precedents from Japanese society.

 

Senior Associate Daniel Garrett publishes three books: Chronicles of a New Tibet: Book 1: Entanglement, Pieces of the Moon, The Sustenance of Words: Selected Essays 2009-2016)

April 10th, 2017

 

Senior associate Daniel Garrett has published three books that include essays and poetry about Tibetan and Asian culture as part of his greater project of redefining our global culture.

 

Seminar

“A European Perspective on Korea and Its Potential”

June 13th, 2017 (5:00-7:00)

Speaker:

Christoph Heider

President

European Chamber of Commerce, Korea

Seminar

Asia Institute & Korea Peace Movement March For Peace

May 15th, 2017

Speakers and Performers:

Lakvinder Singh Director, Korea Peace Movement @ The Asia Institute

Kawanaka Yo Reseacher, The Asia Institute Japan (performed peace dance)

Emanuel Pastreich Director, The Asia Institute

This march drew together a group of committed Earth citizens to advocate for a culture of peace in Korea that will radiate out through the region, and out to the entire world.

Seminar

“India’s Strategic Interests in East Asia”

June 17th, 2017 (6:00-7:30)

Rahul Raj Professor, Sejong University

Emanuel Pastreich Director, The Asia Institute

 

Seminar

“New Possibilities For Exchange Between Korea and Japan”

Sunday, March 28th 2017 (8:00-9:00)

This seminar brought together a group of visiting Japanese peace activists, led by Asia Institute Japan’s researcher Kawanaka Yo, with concerned citizens in Korea for a discussion about how civil society in both nations can effectively cooperate.

 

 

Seminar

“Is Northeast Asia the Source of the Climate Crisis, or the Solution?”

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 (5:30-7:00)

Moderated by Emanuel Pastreich Director, the Asia Institute

 

This seminar served as a platform for a free dialogue on East Asia’s potential to transform its civilization and become a leader in the response to climate change.

 

Seminar

“A Republic of Korea Greater Than Koreans Imagined: Is It Possible?’

Friday, October 27th, 2017 (7:00-9:00)

 

Moderated by

Emanuel Pastreich Director, the Asia Institute

An open discussion about the potential locked in Korea’s own culture.

 

Seminar

Second Asia Institute Chinese Culture Seminar

September 28th, 2017 (6:30-8:00) at Kyung Hee Cyber University

 

This seminar brought together Korean and Chinese experts together for a discussion in Chinese about trade relations between China and Korea.

Asia Institute Report: “The Crisis In Korean Politics Today”

October 13th, 2017

This paper by director Emanuel Pastreich details the nature of the current political crisis and presents concrete solutions.

Seminar

Splinterlands and Possible Scenarios For the Korean Peninsula” – Seminar at the Korean National Assembly

November 2nd, (3:00-5:00)

 

Speakers:

John Feffer

Director, Foreign Policy in Focus;

Senior associate at the Asia Institute

 

Choo Mi-ae

National Assembly Member

Raekyung Lee

President

The Tomorrow

Kim Sang-jun

Professor, Kyung Hee University

 

 

Asia Institute Report on Science Diplomacy Centers presented to Korea Foundation of Science and Technology Societies

January 6th, 2018

 

Contributors:

Emanuel Pastreich

Rachel L. Stine

Olga Krasnyak

Ibrihim Ahmaid

Kadir Ayhan

 

This report presents a survey of science diplomacy best practices and policies from advanced nations for the reference of the Korea Federation of Science and Technology Societies as it prepared proposal for Korea’s future science diplomacy. The research project involved young scholars from around the world and provided them with a chance to make suggestions.

 

 

 

Opening of the Asia Institute Vietnam Office

January 12th, 2017 (10:00-11:30)

@ VICAS (Vietnam Institute for Culture and Art Studies)

 

Speakers:

NguyễnThị Thu Hường Director, VICAS

Emanuel Pastreich Director, the Asia Institute

Jung Woojin Director, the Asia Institute, Hanoi

 

The Ministry of Culture of Vietnam joined hands with the Asia Institute to launch the Asia Institute, Hanoi. The opening ceremony included three speeches about the tremendous potential of Vietnam in terms of culture and diplomacy by Director Pastreich, Professor Jung Woojin, the newly-appointed director of the Asia Institute Hanoi, and NguyễnThị Thu Hường, Director of VICAS.

 

 

“Pastreich discusses China’s Tradition of Think Tanks at Center for China and Globalization Seminar in Beijing”

January 25, 2018

 

Director Emanuel Pastreich visited Shanghai and Beijing at the end of January 2018, as part of a joint research project of the Asia Institute and the Future Consensus Institute (Seoul) on global think tanks. Pastreich spoke about strategies for recovering China’s own tradition of think tanks on a panel with the heads of major Chinese think tanks such as CCG (Center for China and Globalization), Institute of World Development, National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University and the China Development Research Foundation. As noted in the article below at CHINA.ORG, Pastreich stressed the tradition of Confucian academies in China which played a major role in education and policy since the Tang Dynasty.

 

 

Seminar

“North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and Prospects For Peace”

March 6th, 2018 (6:30)

 

Open seminar held in Los Angeles with co-sponsorship of the Asia Institute.

Asia Institute Report on Think Tanks Completed

June 15th, 2018

 

This report compiled by the Asia Institute in cooperation with the Future Consensus Institute contained a survey of leading think tanks in China, Japan and the United States and suggested future strategies for global cooperation.

 

Contributors:

Emanuel Pastreich, Shi Yuefung, Park Sunyong, Loren Da Costa, Viviane Brockel, Cho Hyo-seok, Kim Min-jong, Gong Min-Seung, Jeong Hyunju, Rachel Stine, Kawanaka Yo

Seminar

“Prospects For Korea-India Cooperation in a Radically Changed Geopolitical Environment”

July 9th, 2018

Speakers:

 

Lakhvinder Singh Director, Korea Peace Movement

 

Emanuel Pastreich Director, The Asia Institute

 

 

Seminar

“An Affirmation of the United Nations Charter in a Time of Peril”

July 19th, 2018 (10:00-12:00)

 

In this seminar, members of the Asia Institute read aloud the original United Nations Charter and discussed its significance for the present, and for the future.

 

The event was announced as:

 

We will read aloud the text of the United Nations Charter at this event and we will discuss its significance and its potential in an open and participatory format. We welcome you to join us as we consider what the original spirit of the United Nations Charter was, and how it should be reaffirmed and revived in the present age.

Before we start to play silly putty with military alliances, let us go back to the seminal text that forms the foundations for the global order of the last seventy years.

We welcome you to attend this event, to read a part of the United Nations Charter, and to offer your insights as to how that tradition can be revitalized in this historical moment fraught with tremendous risk and animated with overwhelming potential.

This event will be connected with Asia Institute affiliates around the world as part of a global effort to encourage a profound dialog on the proper path forward for global governance.

 

Korea Times Feature: “Asia Institute Stresses Global Governance To Solve World’s Problems”

July 17th, 2018

By Jon Dunbar

 

 

Seminar

“Corea as Commons: Cooperative Citizen-centered Concepts for Connecting the Coreas”

 

December 11th, 2018 (7:00-8:30)

 

Choi Yong-kwan President , The Commons Foundation

Emanuel Pastreich President, The Asia Institute

Lakhvinder Singh Director, The Asia Institute

 

 

Seminar

“Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to Seoul and the Future of the Korean Peace Process”

 

February 11th, 2019 (7:00-8:30)

Lakhvinder Singh Director, The Korea Peace Movement

 

The award of the Seoul Peace Prize to India’s Prime Minister Modi suggests a new expansion of the discourse on peace building on the Korean peninsula as part of a larger global effort. PM Modi’s visit to Seoul immediately before the Trump-Kim Summit in Danang is rapidly taking on tremendous geopolitical significance.

How might this occasion expand Indian engagement on the Korean peninsula and what directions might such engagement go. Although India has been a passive player on the Korean peninsula, it has a tremendous tradition of promoting global peace dating back to Gandhi, and before.

 

Seminar

“Wildfire: Two Roads Diverging in a Woods on Fire: The spread of climate chaos and trends in global response today”

Monday, February 18, 2019

Daniel Garrett Senior Associate The Asia Institute

 

Moderated by

Rachel Stine Researcher The Asia Institute

The Earth System is transitioning to a new phrase – that of Hothouse earth. We see climate refugees everywhere at the same time that right-wing governments that derive their power from racism, nativism, and other forms of the “fear of the other” purposely ignore the threat. The wildfire of climate chaos already been lit and will burn even brighter. In this seminar, former State Department official Daniel Garrett and refugees’ rights advocate Rachel Stine will explore the following topics: 1.) How can we preserve a livable environment? 2.) What new forms of governance – and approaches to living will be demanded in such difficult times? What can we do now and during the climate chaos to improve the chances that eco-civilizational and climate justice models emerge victorious rather than the “vultures” of disaster capitalism?

Sponsored by

The Commons Foundation

The Asia Institute

The Earth Management Institute

World Beyond War

 

 

 

 


“THE CRISIS IN KOREAN POLITICS TODAY” ASIA INSTITUTE REPORT

“The Crisis in Korean politics today”

Asia Institute Report

Emanuel Pastreich

 

October 13, 2017

 

 

Months of protests by a broad range of citizens groups and countless individuals, from elementary school students to seniors, resulted not only in the impeachment of a president, the launch of a serious investigation of the tragic sinking of the Sewol Ferry, serious charges brought against numerous individuals engaged in influence peddling and fraud and one of the most transparent presidential elections held in any country.

The ethical commitment of ordinary citizens in Korea has made a tremendous difference and the increasingly corrupt politics of ritual and back-room deals has been brought to the attention of the public in a manner that is both shocking and inspiring. At a time when citizens in the United States or Japan lament that they can do nothing to change their government, Korea has displayed that significant change and reform is possible. Korea not only is inspiring other nations not only through cultural productions like music and film, but also through political action and democratic vitality. Continue Reading


Pastreich introductory remarks for Daniel Garrett’s talk “Apocalypse yesterday”

Emanuel Pastreich

Director The Asia Institute

 

Emanuel Pastreich and Daniel Garrett

Emanuel Pastreich and Daniel Garrett

 

 

 

Introductory remarks to Daniel Garrett (senior associate, the Asia Institute) talk

 

“APOCALYPSE YESTERDAY: THE CLIMATE CRISIS AS THE ULTIMATE BOON FOR INNOVATION”

 

February 27, 2017

This seminar is perhaps the most important one that we have held yet at the Asia Institute and it is led by Daniel Garrett, one of the most creative, most energetic and bravest figures in American diplomacy. A man who has fought for truth, justice and the long-term interests of the United States, of Korea and frankly of all the nations of the world for many years. Daniel has been with Asia Institute for many years now and is consistently one of our most loyal and thoughtful members.
Daniel’s talk today, “Apocalypse Yesterday: The climate crisis as the ultimate boon for innovation” is a historic one in every respect. He was after all the lone diplomat in the State Department who sent out a general memo identifying climate change as the primary threat facing the United States and proposing concrete steps to respond. That act did not endear him with many of the powerful in the state department, but it was the truth and it won him respect in some very important places. He has stood up again and again for how to face the real long-term challenges.
Daniel contacted me concerning the article on climate change and security that I published in Truth Out back on March 7, 2013 (four years ago). That article, “On Climate, Defense Could Preserve and Protect, Rather Than Kill and Destroy” I proposed that the largest part of the defense spending of the United States must be committed to the adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change. I put forward a systematic plan for how that goal might be achieved. Daniel wrote to me to offer his full support, and has been with us ever since.
By the way, the head of the Pacific Command at the time, Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, visited Harvard just two days after my article came out and there met with a variety of scholars to discuss the threat of climate change. Admiral Locklear bravely identified climate change as the overwhelming threat to humanity at that time, something for which he was roundly criticized internally as well. It was the truth then, it is the truth now and no matter what dangerous and ruthless people occupy high offices, it will continue to be the truth.
There are a lot of think tanks out there in Washington D.C. or in Seoul that soak up millions of dollars and use it to promote any number of weapon systems to respond to threats that are extremely unlikely. Yet these overpaid security experts who have made fortunes catering to the needs of manufacturers who ply their outdated weapons for yesterday’s conflicts, they do not say a word about the greatest threat that humanity faces: climate change. That is right: thousands of pages about North Korean missiles but nary a word about the disaster that is killing the ocean, raising the sea levels and turning Asia into a desert.
Personally, I find such irresponsible behavior on the part of those people at those top ranked think tanks to be so offensive as to be grounds to demand that they all step down immediately. I have had it with their hypocrisy. I don’t give a damn how highly ranked their “think tanks” are. We are drawing a line in the sand.
We do not use the term “Apocalypse Yesterday” lightly. The crisis has already started yesterday. It is already an apocalypse and has been for some time. Yet stupidly, criminally, we have not even started to formulate a response.
When we start to respond, we will quickly find that there is no budget left for fancy fighter planes, or missile defense, or a lot of the other toys that these clowns who make claims about “security” like to pawn off on us. It is time for intellectuals, for professors, lawyers, politicians, military officers and journalists to stop playing stupid and make the commitment to responding to real threats. There may still be a bit we can salvage.
How much money we make from the “security” racket, how much glory we enjoy hanging out with those big players, means nothing. Success is being able to stand before God and say that you did your best.
Let us please welcome Daniel Garrett.

DANIEL H GARRETT: “Apocalyse Yesterday”

Daniel H Garrett

Senior Associate

The Asia Institute

APOCALYPSE YESTERDAY: THE CLIMATE CRISIS AS THE ULTIMATE BOON FOR INNOVATION

The Death of the Ice Fairy, The Rule of the Orange Monstrosity, and the Resistance of the Green Alliance

 

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

Albert Einstein

 

 

1. The Death of the Ice Fairy

 

If you want to understand the particular magic of the Good Fairy of the North Pole, it is important to recall one specific fact: the difference between specific heat, and latent heat. Specific heat is the amount of heat needed to raise one kilogram of a substance by 1 degree C. The specific heat of water is 1 kcal kg-1 which is the standard unit of heat, the calorie.  The latent heat of ice by contrast is 80 kcal kg-1.  This is an important magic to remember as polar ice disappears. Even mid-winter at the North Pole is 50 degrees above normal. As the collapse at the pole progresses and ice-free summers in the far north ensue -some 100 hundred years before the IPCC’s early predictions- we lose one of our most important climate buffers, a massive air conditioner dampening high temperatures. Furthermore, as the loss of albedo from that loss of ice further heats up the now bare, dark ocean, -amongst other things- climate chaos ensures as weather patterns that basically endured for 10,000 years are disrupted. Amongst other things, the melting permafrost releases methane, and our meager efforts to date to constrain runaway climate change, are basically undone.

It is true, there may be some scientists who give us a decade or two in which to radically reduce CO2 emissions, but at this point in time, there are probably an equal number who think we have basically waited too long, and that the arctic death spiral is exactly that: the initiation of a non-linear sequence, a climate phase change, a rapid climate change event which has the potential to essentially destroy civilization as we know it.

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

G.K. Chesterton

 

2. The Rule of the Orange Monstrosity

Not that there is ever a good time for a madman to take over a country, but now is probably one of the worst possible times. For not only will this disturbed person have a good chance of destroying his own personal country, but he may well also bring down the other countries of the earth with him.  The 45th President of the United States -a name that shall not be named- has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, is in fact a malignant narcissistic, and at a time when the earth’s carbon budget can no longer afford it, he has surrounded himself with climate change deniers, and oil men, and politicians bought and sold by oil men.  He and his henchmen, having been helped to this position of power by fear and prejudice-driven manipulations of a superstitious and undereducated populace, in combination with well-done assistance from the Russian Federation, will (amongst other odious acts) probably seek to remove sanctions on Russia so as to fulfill a lucrative ($500 billion dollar) contract to develop the oil and gas reserves of the Russian Arctic.

The Russian Federation it can be presumed is doing this for regime survival (perhaps also thinking geoengineeering is safe and inexpensive), while the U.S., as is typical of much of its so-called leadership is doing it for short-sighted gains (money) and an obsolete understanding of what makes for national power.

And meanwhile, though the Ice Fairy of the North is dying, no one except those who have studied her, seem to understand that her death means calamity for all of us.  Wild weather and unpredictability are already with us, while we remain largely transfixed and preoccupied with trivia, instead of rising to the level of actually confronting this planetary crisis. And what is equally tragic, her sister, the Ice Fairy of the south is crumbling, far faster than anyone had predicted, or almost anyone, and so, if you live near the coast, or love one of the many great cities of the planet that are on or near the coast, it really is time you think of moving.

 

“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”

Mo Willems, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

 

3. The Resistance of the Great Green Alliance

 

So let us be clear.  The Paris Agreement, as Hansen said, is bullshit.  And unless we want to devolve into warring states, throwing up our borders as best we can to stop the desperate waves of climate change refugees who really have nowhere else to go, those of use who are still somewhat sane, and those nation states which understand that only a massive, quick, collective effort involving real cash, and real innovation, is the only way to save as many as possible, and pave the way to a truly human way of living on this planet, must act together.  We must form in fact, a Great Green Alliance, one that holds accountable any individual, company, or country, which holds itself above the need for collective survival.

Those who have worked to warn about the dangers of climate change over the decades will remember the time, not that long ago, when they refused, or were reluctant to even talk about adaptation, for fear it would take the focus away from the urgent necessity of mitigation.  As action was not forthcoming, this gave way to an understanding that some talk of adaptation was going to be necessary. Now it appears that we have waited too long and the momentum already built up in the earth system, and the fact that largely un-modeled positive feedbacks and black swan events meant that Earth System Sensitivity was at the high-end of the imagined range, we are rapidly swinging into a full-fledged global abrupt climate change event.  Mitigation of course must go on in the hopes of preventing various forms of essentially irreversible runaway climate change, but the level and type of adaptation required is of a whole new order of magnitude.

By way of reference consider the PETM event.  Carbon was emitted during the PETM event at a rate of about 6.2 billion tons of CO2 per year, and about 1.1 billion tons of methane per year.  The current emission rate of CO2 from humans is about 30.6 billion tons of CO2 per years, and about 1.1 billion tons of methane per year. In other words we are emitting CO2 at about five times faster than the PETM, and about 27 times its methane emission rate.  We are in uncharted waters, and it is hot and moreover acidic.

4. Some Policy Recommendations for the Great Green Alliance

1) Legal and trade defenses against individual, companies and nations which are not adopting emergency rates of decarbonization (we need teeth).

2) Heavy national and transnational taxes on extreme wealth with proceeds transferred to the global poor (6 individuals have as much wealth as the bottom half of humanity; moreover for this rapid survival transition to be possible, if levels of inequality remain as they are, civil disturbance will be so great as to disrupt all well-laid plans).

3) Most known geoengineering schemes are known to be dangerous.  Solar shielding the arctic and Antarctic regions though expensive might be worth considering. Other possibilities that evaluations so-far do not appear to have eliminated from consideration are converting 9% of the ocean’s surface to seaweed farming, and radical afforestation schemes involving water-from air technology assistance or of course some combination thereof.

4. Innovative drop-in climate change lifeboats which provide self-sustaining  systems of water, energy and food for the global south where possible.

5. Rapid development of smart-skins for the global south (and elsewhere). In other words, instead of trying to air condition everything, simply provide smart-skins to individuals which locally regulate temperature and allow life to continue in the new climate regime.

6. Massive programs of emergency vertical farm construction for cities as the new chaotic weather regime makes traditional farming extremely difficult and undependable.

7. Careful planning for orderly relocation from the coasts so as to avoid chaos and mass civil disturbance.

 

 

References

 

1.”The Arctic is the First and Possibly Last Defense Against a Climate Transition to an Uninhabitable Earth” D. H. Garrett, Truthout, December 2013 http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20463-the-arctic-is-the-first-and-possibly-last-line-of-defense-against-a-climate-transition-to-an-uninhabitable-earth

 

2. “A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Arctic” Peter Wadhams, Penguin Books Ltd (2016)

 

  1. Reconciled climate response estimates from climate models and the energy budget of Earth”Mark Richardson, Kevin Cowtan, Ed Hawkins & Martin B. Stolpe Nature Climate Change 6, 931–935 (2016) doi:10.1038/nclimate3066Received 17 November 2015 Accepted 27 May 2016 Published online 27 June 2016

 

4. “Climate science bedeviled by ‘tipping points’”January 19, 2017 by Marlowe Hoodhttps://phys.org/news/2017-01-climate-science-bedeviled.html

 

5. Evidence for a rapid release of carbon at the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum James D. Wrighta,1 and Morgan F. Schallera,b Edited* by Wallace S. Broecker, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, and approved August 5, 2013 (received for review May 14, 2013) PNAS

 

6. Reply to Pearson and Nicholas, Stassen et al., and Zeebe et al.: Teasing out the missing piece of the PETM puzzle

James D. Wright and Morgan F. Schallera

Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 25; 111(12): E1068–E1071.

Published online 2014 Feb 26. doi:  10.1073/pnas.1321876111

 

7. CO2 Currently Rising Faster Than The PETM Extinction Event

Posted on 17 June 2011 by Rob Paintinhttps://skepticalscience.com/co2-rising-ten-times-faster-than-petm-extinction.html

 

8. “North Pole Temperatures May Soar to 50 Degrees Above Normal Freakishly warm pole weather is likely to peak on Christmas Eve” By Brian Kahn on December 21, 2016, Scientific American

 

  • 9. “Nonlinear climate sensitivity and its implications for future greenhouse warming” Tobias Friedrich Axel Timmermann, Michelle Tigchelaar, Oliver Elison Timm and Andrey GanopolskiScience Advances  09 Nov 2016:

Vol. 2, no. 11, e1501923

 

10. Lloyd’s: Emerging Risk Report: 2015: Innovation Series: Food System Shock http://www.lloyds.com/~/media/files/news%20and%20insight/risk%20insight/2015/food%20system%20shock/food%20system%20shock_june%202015.pdf

 

11. “Potential climate engineering effectiveness and side effects during a high carbon dioxide-emission scenario” David P. Keller, Ellias Y. Feng & Andreas Oschlies, Nature Communications 5, 2015

 

 

Coda:

 

 

transpolar

 

over the pole

in its death spiral

of disappearing ice

 

I still feel the clutched

embrace of my little son

crying daddy daddy

wanting no one else

to hold him

as if he knew I was leaving today

 

do I grieve for him

grieve for myself

grieve for the earth

we are leaving him

 

or is it all

premature

will love somehow

find a way to save

the beauty and the child

 

my heart still aches

with the warmth and trust

of his hug

but the climate is changing

12000 years of calm sedateness

are out the window now

and the storms walking boldly

amongst us

are not so easily

tamed

 

 

 

 


Asia Institute Report on North Korean Defectors in South Korea by Jung-Hwan Jang

This detailed investigation by Asia Institute’s intern Jung-Hwan Jang of the actual experiences of North Korean defectors in South Korean society gives a balanced view of the shifting nature of the defector’s saga.

 

 

Examining Diversity in the Republic of Korea Through the Educational Lens

The experiences of North Korean defectors: Do specialized schools aimed at North Korean defectors rather hinder their transition into South Korean society than help them?

 

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The Diversity in R.O.K. Education Project_Jang_Junghwan