Extinction Rebellion Korea protest, June 16, 2019

Sunday, June 16 2019 was a broiling hot day, more like August of a few years ago. But there was not much going on related to climate change, or the catastrophe that the Korean Peninsula is facing according to scientists, as we protested for Extinction Rebellion in Gwanghwamun Square.

There was a big meditation festival taking place, and also an educational program for children that allowed them to engage in various games. Our protest had a turnout of three people: myself (Emanuel) and the loyal group from Bucheon 부천, Mr Yu Jin-saeng and Ms. Choi Seohyeon 최서현. We spent two hours giving out our materials about climate change to interested people, giving our stickers away, talking with those who took the time to talk to us and introducing our climate change education program planned for July 4-5 in Bucheon.

It was a very meaningful afternoon, but I must say I was a bit shocked at how many people refused to take any material from us, and how few actually stopped to engage us in conversation and try to learn more. It seemed almost as if the topic of climate change has become a taboo, an illegal subject, in Korea. Certainly serious analysis about the seriousness of the current threat is banned from the mainstream media.

We plan to have another protest next week. Sunday, June 23 3-5 PM at the statue of King Sejong, Gwanghwamun, Seoul.

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