Earth Day Online Discussion (USA)

On April 24, 2021, the International Association of Youth and Students for Peace USA hosted an Online Youth Discussion with Dr. Seung-Ho Lee to celebrate International Mother Earth Day. Dr. Seung-Ho Lee spoke on the work he was doing in North Korea with reforestation and at the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) to support the conservation of the unique biological and cultural resources in the area. He spoke at length of all the great work they can do by investing in this area and what it could mean for the unification of North and South Korea.

Dr. Lee, who has a Ph.D. degree in Political Science, is an expert in environmental management, critical thinking in governance and education, and U.S. federalism and international relations. He began a reforestation project in North Korea because he saw the dire need for it, both for the environment and the people. Because of the severe deforestation on the mountains, flooding and landslides have negatively impacted many provinces in North Korea.

Working with the North Korean government and the people, Dr. Lee shared how the project has been growing, with creative planting techniques being implemented and many tree nurseries being developed in the country.

The success of reforesting the mountains is high as South Korea has already modeled the method and has seen flourishing results.
At the end of the presentation, the two moderators, Miilhan Stephens (IAYSP USA President) and Naria Gaarder (National Program Coordinator), followed up with some questions from the viewers, as well as some of their own. Dr. Seung-Ho Lee graciously and thoroughly answered any questions he was given, and everyone in attendance gained valuable insight and knowledge into the conservation of the DMZ area.