From the perspective of the natural environment, this book discusses the reasons why environmental challenges are not being resolved.
- Book Intro
Hong Suk-Hwan teaches and studies in the landscaping department at Busan University, and has now written a book on environmental and ecological issues. With this book, Hong discusses the reasons why, from the perspective of the natural environment, environmental challenges are not being resolved. He looks at the problems with the policies set forth by South Korea's Ministry of Environment and the Forest Service, such as the energy policies and forestry policies, and focuses on the fundamental reasons these issues arise in the first place.
The book is split into two parts. The first part, "Yesterday and Today in Looking at the Environment," examines the environmental policies issued by South Korea and the longstanding environmental issues nationwide. The second part, "Thinking for Tomorrow," points out the misconceptions people have about the environment and the challenges we must overcome to change our perspectives. Various projects that are implemented for the sake of the people or the planet are actually doing more harm than good. The author presents objective facts to argue his case and searches for a change in the social consciousness that tries to do the right thing. He also discusses what individuals and the government must do to transition the values of our environment to environmental welfare.
This book criticizes the environmental projects that do more to destroy the environment than improve them and looks at the forestry, energy, and environmental policies that are being used to misuse environmental welfare. The environment is integral to our lives and our survival. The policy issues concerning the environment take on various forms, so everyone living in our society today and who will be living in this society in the future must look to the message presented in this book. In terms of environmental justice, it's important to raise awareness about the unfair structures found in Korea that no one talks about. If we know, we can change. This book, published on Earth Day 2021, will fulfill that role.
- About the Author
The author teaches and studies at Busan University. On-campus, he lectures on the ideal sustainability of our lands, but in reality, he witnesses a society that is focused only on the profits derived through land development. Because the planned theories on coexistence between nature and humans are no longer being accepted in our heavily unfair playing field, he is pursuing research and activities that can help level this field even a tiny bit. From landfills to national parks, virgin forests to streams and wetlands nationwide, to uninhabited islands and urban green spaces and sub-alpine zones, the author has traveled the country to better understand the national environment, which he will continue to do into the future.