A month Since Launching of Environmental Supporters, Deliberating the Path as an Environment Club
From small to big change… Let’s go hand in hand to learn and put it to practice
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On September 25th, the campus was full of heat coming from the festival site. On one side of the Administration Building, a rather serious atmosphere was captured in contrast to the festive mood, as the ‘environment supporters’ was launched with the starting ceremony. The month of supporter students went by in no time, as they wore ‘PLASTIC FREE CAMPUS’ t-shirts and handed out tumblers to proceed with the environmental movement. Over a month has passed since its establishment, and we now have the opportunity to hear from the supporter students themselves.
▲Starting ceremony of environment supporters lasted until September 25th
▲ At the launching ceremony, President Kim Woo-seung explains the importance and role of environmental supporters.
▲ Members of the Environmental Supporters delivered their opinions on the environmental movement to the president and the student body at the launching ceremony.
1. Background on the creation of supporters
Students who were interested in environmental issues from the ‘Major in Social Innovation’ gathered to launch an official organization. Two students who were taking the Changemaker's class this semester were working on a team project regarding the classroom environment, and we thought about continuing with the activity as we felt a sense of insufficiency to be limited to class. I think the gathering of friends who share the same intention created a more meaningful organization.
2. Reason for the existence of environment supporters
It serves as a 'priming water' for more students to share and participate in environmental issues such as climate change. It is important to make sure that it doesn’t just stop with the simple act of thinking, but to the action that connects the thought. Environmental issues are a macroscopic subject, so many people seem to be unable to reach the skin. But if one by one, the ‘awareness’ changes, and, therefore, the ‘habits’ change, then small ‘changes’ will surely be realized. Our project will be a campaign for the student council to look back on the small things in the day-to-day lives of students in the school. After all, it's our goal to internalize the subject consciousness of the environment.
▲Supporter students are holding a plastic free campus campaign while giving out tumblers during the festival.
▲ Supporters students are taking part in the environmental action demonstration and sharing their opinions.
3. Activities after the starting ceremony
We proceeded with the tumbler washer promotion activities first. Thankfully, students sympathized with and responded through the student council website. We interviewed the dustman and cleaners to create a card news, and it was this incident that we were able to get a closer look at the real state of environmental issues on campus. We also built a network of young people in connection with Big Wave, a youth climate organization, to participate in events related to climate change. Recently, we are devising a project that students can participate together with the basis on things they’ve studied.
4. Were there any difficulties?
There were many difficulties, as it is the first official environmental club within the school. We deliberated on how to create many high quality projects, and held many data research activities and conferences. The conclusion that we came up with after thorough deliberation was that ‘we must study beforehand’. I think we can take part in environmental exercises as we learn more of better content. We are focusing on learning first to show how we are prepared. We anticipate that these things will act as important factors in creating a continuous and systematic organization after the second generation.
▲ Supporter students are holding an autonomous seminar while emphasizing the point that learning must be achieved as a prerequisite to put it into practice.5. What we ask of Hanyang members
The more we study, the more we realize the importance of members of Hanyang to recognize environmental issues as a real serious life problem, not just a campaign. Awareness and recognition is in desperate need. We want you to take that perception a step further and remember that just changing your little habits in life can reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact on the people around you. Although it may sound obvious, I expect that small changes in a person can lead to big changes.
Although the first step is not far off yet, the students' willingness to study step by step in anticipation of a genuine change shows hope that Hanyang can become a truly eco-friendly campus. "I'm really happy to be with friends who sympathize with and strive to spread awareness on environmental issues," said Kim So-hee, who heads the team. She delivered her resolution to fiercely empathize and set an example in the near future.
*Members of the Environmental supporters: Kim Gong-min (Department of Educational Technology 15), Kim So-hee (Division of International Studies 17), Kim Sin-gu (Department of Nuclear Engineering 13), Kim Young-woo (Department Of Political Science and International Studies 17), Byun Sun-jeong (Division of Tourism 17), Yoo Ah-hyung (Department of Media Communication 16).
The Hanyang Global News Team - Global@hanyang.ac.kr
*With translation by Kim Hyun-soo
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