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Local gov'ts, civil groups, businesses discuss S. Korea's goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 Updated: 2021-05-27 09:56:40 KST

Going carbon neutral by 2050 is something that cannot be achieved by any one group alone.
Civil group leaders, local government officials, and businesses came together on Wednesday to share what role they can play to help Korea reach that goal.
Kim Yeon-seung shares with us what was discussed.
South Korea was the world's 9th largest carbon emitter in 2019, but it has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions in three decades.
An ambitious goal,.. but one that can be reached through joint efforts.

"Business leaders, civil groups and officials from local governments are taking on this challenging goal together.
They've gathered here at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss each of their roles in going carbon neutral."

We will each fulfill our part and duty so that we can reach a net-zero of greenhouse gases by 2050 for our sustainable future which will be represented by clear blue skies."

Businesses are responsible for innovating and investing in sustainable growth and renewable energy, civil groups for promoting eco-friendly change local governments for curtailing emissions in their regions.
For example, Goyang-si city in Gyeonggi-do province aims to decrease its carbon footprint by more than 2 million tons by 2030.

"We're changing the city. We're building eco-friendly buildings and designing the city around pedestrians so that we can reduce carbon emitted by cars. Our city is leading carbon neutrality and our officials are building a sustainable city."

Also seated at the event were leaders of a youth activist group.
Their generation has more at stake if the climate crisis escalates.

"I think we can reach carbon neutrality if many organizations, local governments and businesses continue to work together and there continues to be events like this where they can come together to talk."

Former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon highlighted how the challenge is too big for any one group to solve alone.

"The climate crisis is too big for us just one sector of society, or one industry, or one region, or even one age group. We must work together, we must all work together."

During his keynote speech, he also urged South Korea to be more ambitious when it comes to climate action.
Kim Yeon-seung, Arirang News
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