Last week in our coffee morning we had the pleasure to talk to the Ambassador  for climate change, H. E. Chung Rae Kwon about the Ecological Challenges we are facing in our world and specially in Korea. Ambassador Chung has been quite a leader by investigating and documenting how and why our world has been compromised with all the uncontrollable pollution emitted in different areas of the productive chain. In his talk, Ambassador Chung took us through the reality we are facing as citizens of the world and showed us how controversial it has been in the political and business framework to apply the appropriate measurements. His talk was so sincere and profound that it really made me question whether we can make a change. This is when suddenly I got a flashback of something that happened to me some days before…

I was meeting with some friends at a coffee shop and, while we were ordering our drinks, the coffee employee ask us if we were staying to have them at the place as they will have to provide glass cups. I happily noticed that in Seoul many food establishments had been taking more ecological measures to avoid plastic contamination so I was really satisfied to see this campaign was expanding. When it got time for us to pick up the drinks, we found out they served them in paper cups. We asked why and they just told us they ran out of glass cups and if we wanted glass cups we would have to wait till someone finishes their drink and they get to wash them. At this point it had passed around 20 minutes already and for a moment we thought we would keep the paper cups but, suddenly, I guess our mindful inner voice told us to make the right thing so we ask the coffee employee that we would wait to have our drinks in the glass cup. 

This flashback may not be something extraordinary to tell but it has come to a time where we need to stand up and get involved as a global community. We can not give us the pleasure to leave all efforts to our leaders and wait till someone else acts on our behalf. Maybe that time in the coffee shop we were the only ones to ask for a change but maybe not. I would like to think that there were more conscious people requesting glass cups and that these demands triggered the coffee owners’ minds and make them realize clients are right when requesting less polluting products. We just need “to feel empowered” to be the change and believe that simple actions can create big waves. Thank you Ambassador because I am pretty sure that through your words the SIWA community got the message very clear.