Song Hak Yun
Mr. Song initiated a grassroots campaign to restore 27,000 hectares of denuded mountain forest, thus protecting important watersheds and helping local communities meet their needs for firewood and other forestry products.
Mr. Park Ro-Kyeong contributed much to environmental preservation in Korea by writing about 450 articles on the environment from 1968 to 1986 in the Cho-Sun and Kyung-hyang daily newspapers.
He wrote a "Study on Public Nuisance in PUnited States of American City" in 1968 and presented "Industrial Policy and Environmental Preservation Measures" at a seminar organised by the Red Cross in 1973 and "Reform Measures of Environmental Administration" at a seminar organised by Seoul City in 1977.
He also wrote several editorials on the environment in weekly and monthly magazines and gave lectures on environmental protection to the Red Cross, YMCA, Consumer and Teacher Associations and at meetings of the health and social affairs departments of the National Assembly.
Mr. Park has contributed in-depth articles on the environment as a freelancer after retiring at the end of 1986. In addition, he took the initiative in establishing Global 500 Club in Korea
Sook Pyo Kwon
Since 1986 Professor Kwon, an environmental scientist, has conducted research on industrial pollution. In 1962 he lobbied successfully for the first environmental legislation in Korea, and in 1968 he established the institute for environmental research at Yonsei University. Professor kwon serves in senior positions on government committees and NGOs dealing with environment. His 250 articles and 15 books, and numerous lectures and interviews on radio and TV have helped increase environmental awareness in the Republic of Korea.
In 1981 Mr. Park founded the Korean Environmental Protection Institute, an NGO which promotes environmental awareness through seminars and exhibitions.
For the past 10 years he has researched, lectured, and written extensively on the environment, particularly on pollution.
In 1988 he was awarded the Republic of Korea's Grand Prize for Environmental Protection.
Chae Shik Rho
Dr. Rho organized the 1975 National Conference on Human Environment which identified Korea's environmental problems, relating national development to environmental protection. He played an important role in the National Data Center for Environmental Pollution and the Environmental Affairs Forum.
Recommendations by Dr. Rho have been adopted in the Korean Environmental Preservation Law. He has also been Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of Korea Environmental Preservation Association since 1978. At national level, Dr. Rho was the leader of the drafting committee of the Presidential Declaration on Environment in 1991. He is the Chairman of the Korea Research Council on Environmental Sciences which consists of 20 academic environmental science and engineering societies.
Dr. Chul-Whan Cha
Dr. Cha initiated the promotion of environmental education and preservation in Korea. His study on "Public Nuisance in Seoul, Pusan and Daegu Cities" convinced the government to include pollution control in their five year Master Plan for Economic Development. Dr. Cha contributed to the establishment of the organisation for environmental studies and founded the Institute for Environmental Health at Korea University in 1973. In 1982 the Korean government awarded him the prestigious National Medal for his environmental achievements
Dr. Rho, as president of the Korean Planners' Association in 1974, laid the academic foundations for the creation of sound human settlements across the country, and was instrumental in convincing the government to create green-belts around the metropolitan areas. He played a critical role in establishing the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at the Seoul National University.
Dr. Rho also participated in the formation of the Korea Environmental Preservation Association whose works centre on the protection of nature and on the prevention of environmental pollution caused by industrialisation.
For nearly 20 years, Professor Shin has been very active in the field of environmental science and engineering, playing an important role in the establishment of the national strategy for the "Cleaner and Greener Programme" at the government level, as well as the establishment of the National Basis for Institutional Reform, which led to the establishment of six regional environmental offices in the Republic of Korea. He has received numerous awards including the National Presidential Certificate of Honour for Science Day and Green Medal on World Environment Day in 1988.
Mr. Yul Choi has played a key role in the environmental movement in Korea. In 1982, he founded Korea's first environmental organization - The Korea Pollution Research Institute.
In 1985, he revealed that more than 40,000 people were suffering from pollution caused by the industrial complex in the Onsan area. As a result of a scientific survey, which he undertook, and thanks to the support of NGOs, the Government acted by relocating the people and also offered medical treatment.
His achievements include organizing nuclear campaign groups to stop the construction of two nuclear power plants and in 1990 he led the campaign to protect the greenbelt of forests and nature reserves. He was chief executor of the boycott against the company, Doosan, which illegally spilled the toxic chemical phenol into the river and Director of Korean NGO Committee for the Earth Summit in Brazil.
He is now Secretary-General of the largest environmental organization, Korea Action Federation for Environment with 60 full time staff, 12,000 members and 11 regional offices.
The Chosun Ilbo
The Chosun Ilbo is the oldest, and most widely circulated newspaper in Korea. Through a series of articles this publication shed light on waste pollution and methods for its reduction and instilled in the public that they too can make viable contributions, through practical adjustments in their everyday lives.
The Chosun Ilbo produced and distributed paper bags for recycling newspapers in 28 cities. By the end of 1992, 11 million paper bags had been distributed and were effectively used, with 2.2 million copies of newspaper not going to waste everyday. A recycling headquarters was established by July 1992.
The Chosun Ilbo produced two guidebooks on waste: Waste not to be thrown away and Let's Learn About Waste, aimed at educating the public. They also developed the "Let's Pitch in the Waste Reducing Campaign" which drew the participation of the Republic's President.
They organized and sponsored the International Symposium on Solid Waste Recycling Technology and hosted environmental cultural events including an environmental music concert in October 1992, using the slogan Don't Waste Wastes.
A number of popular musical groups and personalities performed with the aim of spreading environmental awareness. They launched and hosted a 14 km bicycle riding campaign in cooperation with the Korean Olympic Cycling Committee at the Olympic Stadium in which 1,500 people participated.
The Chosun Ilbo received the Medal of Merit from the Korean Government and the International Olympic Committee Environment Trophy.