The Climate Reality Project -- Seoul
What can change in a day? Everything. On September 14, the world will focus its attention on the truth about the climate crisis. For 24 hours, we will all live in reality. Pick a faraway place or a city near you. Make it yours for one day. We’re hitting every time zone — but only once. 7 p.m. in your time zone. Choose a location and get involved.
Seoul has been the capital of South Korea for more than 600 years. In that time, the city has gone though many rebirths, most recently after the Korean War. In that period of explosive economic growth that began in the 1960s, locals took to calling the city “the miracle on the Han.” The reference pays homage to the Han River, which runs through the center of the city.
Like many other parts of Asia, Seoul has a monsoon season that runs from June to September. During this time, South Korea typically receives two-thirds of its annual rainfall. When the rain pours, all that water has to go somewhere. A lot of it winds up in the Han River — which swells each year during monsoon season, often overrunning its banks and flooding nearby parks and roadways. That’s a very scary reality for drivers. As the climate warms, scientists tell us we can expect an increase in the frequency and intensity of these heavy rain events in Seoul.