Our society and customs are deeply related to our climate. Various climates on the planets has give birth to whole range of cultures and ways of life that are unique to the climate zones. That is why a change in the climate is a crisis that will inevitably affect every existence on Earth. Korea is a country that holds a critical position in the climate change agenda. It imports 97% of its energy sources and ranks seventh in greenhouse gas emission by country. While Korea faces an ecological crisis, it is also at a crossroad that can take a turn toward energy independence and opportunities for environmental progress. It is imperative that we seriously look into how the human race affects the climate and the environment and work together to overcome this crisis at hand. The Academic Society on Climate and Culture will do its part to research alternatives to achieve a sustainable society and incorporate such practices in all sectors of our society.
* The Climate Change Law Center
Established by members who in the legal profession, the Climate Change Law Center aims to raise awareness of climate change issues and bring about changes in laws and policies of Korea. It hosts regular workshops and talks, and releases publications to study climate change law cases around the world, assist with making informed decisions, and apply them to our society.
On July 4, 2018, a special lecture by Dr. Won-tae Kwon, under the theme of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Synthesis Report (AR5), at the conference room of the Law Firm Won. The lecture covered the current state of climate change, level of scientific understanding, adaptation and mitigation policies based on ‘Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers’.
Dr. Kwon was Director General of National Institute of Meteorological Sciences, head of Climate Policy Division of Korea Meteorological Administration, President of the Korean Society of Climate Change Research. She also worked for Korea Panel on Climate Change, World Climate Research Program (WCRP) and was the main researcher/writer for the IPCC’s 4th Assessment Report, the editor and main researcher/writer for the 5th IPCC’s Assessment Report and currently she is the main researcher/writer of the 6th IPCC’s Assessment Report.