Seminar on KFEM and the state of the environment in Korea (July 6 2013)
The Asia Institute joined the Korean Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM) for a discussion about environmental issues in Korea on July 6, 2013. The discussion was led by Kim Hyunji, director of international relations at KFEM and included Arthur Michalak (communications director of the Asia Institute), Yoojin Jung (managing director of the Asia Institute), Murim Choi (associate of the Asia Institute) and Emanuel Pastreich (director of the Asia Institute).
The program started with a 50 minute presentation by Kim Hyunji about the history and the achievements of KFEM followed by a discussion about the future role of the NGO in a changing world and generational issues within the Korean environmental movement. Much attention was given to comparisons with environmental movements in Japan, Europe and the United States. Controversy surrounding the Four Rivers Project, nuclear power in Korea, the fallout from Fukushima and Korean overseas development were a significant part of the discussion.
As far as we know, this was the first seminar of KFEM held in English for internationals living in Korea.