Academic Society on Visions of Ecozoic Era

We are one of the countless number of species that exist on our planet. However, we have forgotten our position in the universe as one of the many lifeforms that flourish one small planet in the infinite universe. Our audacity and ignorance has placed Earth in danger, and we have forgotten our precious dream that is the co-existence of all lifeforms.
This leads to the question, what kind of existence should we lead?
That is the answer we are searching for.

The Academic Society on Visions of Ecozoic Era aims to place into perspective the origin of humanity and context of human existence, and to realize the Ecozoic Era in which the all lifeforms on Earth co-exist on the planet in harmony. It seeks alternatives for future society models and principles through integral approaches to science and humanities. Consisted of scholars of humanities, sociology and other various fields, it holds monthly book seminars and special lectures by experts from related fields.

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[Special Lecture Series of Academic Society on Visions of Ecozoic Era 2018] by Seung-jin Kim (August 20th)
  • 2018-12-06
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A special lecture on "Politics of Waste" by Dr. Seung-jin Kim was held on August 20, 2008. The lecture was about the problem of mass generation of waste related to changes in the material environment and issues related to waste disposal infrastructure as well as what we lost and who suffered the most in this system. 

Dr. Kim first pointed out that new materials that were produced since the industrialization period such as man-made plastics are being accumulated on the Earth without being processed or composted. Recalling April Recycling Waste Crisis in Korea, she talked about how seriously our live would have been disrupted if we were in a situation where normal garbage and food waste could not be collected on time or if medical waste was saturated. Dr. Kim also pointed out that in the reality measures to solve this situation have not been taken properly. Garbage disposal, like water, electricity, gas, roads, etc., is the basic infrastructure of the city, and this infrastructure may have faced structural problems she explained. 

The explosive population growth, industrialization and consumption problems make the waste problem more serious, which is a very closely connected with capital and politics. Unless capital and politics change, this problem is hard to resolve. Dr. Kim suggests enlightening individuals and promoting recycling, reusing and no use of plastics. 

Dr. Kim holds Master’s degree in Sociology from University of Chicago and is a lecturer at Korea University and Yonsei University. She worked as a journalist at Dong-a Ilbo and was communication manager for Save the Children Korea. 

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