GCF by Sunwoo
Have you ever thought about the problem with our environment? The world has been changed because of some problems like carbon dioxide. Desertification affects 16000ha of land a day. 500 million people lose their homes due to flooding every year. 2000 islands started to submerge due to rising sea levels. 1500 children die every day due to the lack of drinking water. Nowadays, the effects of environmental problems are getting worse, so the International community has found a way and made an organization to make our future better called GCF(Green Climate Fund). They decided to supply the developing countries. Song-do was designated as the best location for GCF due to the free economy zone which can improve Korea’s economy.
First, Song-do has many profitable advantages for GCF. It is nearby Incheon international airport so that it can be possible to process the task rapidly, and it would be good for globalization. And, it is underway to progress the policy which recycles the waste water and decreases 38% of green-house gases. Also Songdo has constructed the tower named ‘I-tower’ which is a low-carbon, Eco-friendly building. It is an exclusive building for GCF. GCF can use this tower for free. For instance, exhibition of green vocation is held in Seoul every year. In the exhibitions, hosts explain about green vocation and evaluate leaders on how they are suitable for Green Growth. Korean hosts participate in many festivals such as Green Energy Exhibitions and environmental technology show. It demonstrates how Korea has been interested in environmental problems. Incheon is multicultural society. Chinese, Southeast Asian are living in Incheon. To emphasize globalization, Incheon would help GCF by attracting people to participate. As well as Korea is ranked 7 about carbon emit.
Moreover, a lot of celebrities and abroad presses have praised Song-do. An economist from named France Jacques Attali mentioned Song-do for exemplary Eco polis. He suggested setting up 10 eco polis which scale is 50000 population in 2008. Also, a prominent journalist for Forbes, Mr.Steiner highlighted in his book ‘20$per Gallon’, said “Song-do city offers many of the answers to the pressing problem of high oil prices.” Even UN Secretary of Genera, Ban Ki-moon mentioned “Song-do city is the world’s most eco-friendly city” at the 2009 global Environment Forum. Also, an ordinary person Jac cui said “Song-do is a great place to live. It is true that Song-do is good place for living. For example, my family has enjoyed the community for the last years. There is a famous convention center with activities for people, restaurants to go to, and new shops opening up all the time. Song-do is a pleasant city that has infrastructure such as dwellings, businesses, schools, leisure and culture. Also, green area ratio occupies 32% so Song-do makes good purify system. Many people expect Song-do to be a perfect partner for GCF.
Third, If Song-do is chosen for GCF, the regional unbalance problem can be solved. These days, international organizations which are related to the environment are located in Europe(8), North America(4). So it is time to locate in Asia for a wide range of effects. Head of International Cooperation at Global Green Growth Institute, Darius Nassiry said “Korea is a natural home for the GCF. When it comes to climate change, Asia is the future. So much of what we need to do on mitigation, adaption, is going to take place in Asia. So it’s natural to think about Korea and the GCF as perfect partners.”
In conclusion, An Eco-friendly city can use new renewable energy at the city planning stage. This is why Song-do is suitable city for GCF. Song-do does not only preserve the natural resources but also leads sustainable development. It is completely equipped with a variety of infrastructrue for transportation, distribution of high tech industry, education and culture. Song-do has been active in an effort to reduce green house gas in the city, so Song-do has the ability to support a successful launch of the GCF office. Song-do has a lot of advantage. Incheon international airport makes GCF connect with other countries and Song-do’s policy will affect GCF in various positive ways. Also Song-do has been praised from a lot of presses from abroad and it has been recognized as GCF’s partner.
Finally, Song-do has decided to support GCF by investing, and other countries will be satisfied if GCF is established in Song-do because Song-do is good enough to live and has many good possibilities. In additon, GCF should be developed if they decide to establish in Song-do because it is time to globalize just in Europe and North America where has some international organizations are associated, but in Asia as well.
The world has found the best place to establish GCF. Song-do is a partner of GCF. Now, Song-do has 32% green area ratio and it is located near the Incheon international airport. It could be accommodate for GCF meeting and so on. There is much hope for success.